What it was like to be an RAF Jaguar squadron boss

Key Aero’s Dino Carrara interviewed Air Vice-Marshal Bob Judson (ret.) about his involvement with the SEPECAT Jaguar. In this final part he reflects on his time as the officer commanding (OC) of a frontline Jaguar squadron


Q. What were the highlights and challenges of your time as boss of 6 Squadron?

A. I think most pilots who are going up their career path aspire to command squadrons and then subsequently command stations. I was very privileged to command 6 Squadron as a Jaguar squadron.

We were on operations for all of that tour, so I was back in Iraq doing the northern no-fly zone operation. We did the night workup with the Jaguar at that stage, which was pretty special. And we did some really interesting flying, we went to Alaska on Exercise Distant Frontier, Maple Flag – we did a whole range of other things such as visiting Jordan.

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