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    question what is the size of a raf squadron (fighter)modern/coldwar

    what about canberra and  vulcan bomber squadrons

    Northern Monkey

    I thought UK Fighter squadrons numbered 12 aircraft, but im no expert, and I have no idea about the others sorry

    My attempt at a Blog: http://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/


    A modern RAF fast jet squadron is usually 12 aircraft, but “12-24” is the usual range given for all types.

    John D Salt

    Off the top of my head, I would have gone along with the consensus so far that 12 is the right number. When I worked for Hunting Engineering Ltd in the late 1980s, our aircraft availability simulations always assumed a squadron strength of 12 aircraft, with 3 spare airframes. Mostly we dealt with rotary wing squadrons, but 12 was the number we used when trying to predict the availability of the (then fairly new) Tornado.

    As with all organisations, there is bound to be a certain amount of deviation from ideal “book” strength because of operational losses, airframes away for major servicing, or just organisational oddity.

    As an example, just yesterday I stumbled across (while looking for something else) the rather nice response to a Freedom of Information Act request at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/474520/20151019-Aircraft_Details_Tornado_and_Typhoon.pdf which lists every fighter in the RAF as at 19 Oct 2015. There are tail numbers, too, for the real spotters. In summary, there were:

    Operational with Squadrons and Flights [107]:

    XV(R) Sqn, Lossiemouth [11]:
    5 Tornado GR4
    6 Tornado GR4A

    1435 Flight, Mount Pleasant [4]:
    4 Typhoon FGR4

    29(R) Sqn, Coningsby [20]:
    10 Typhoon FGR4
    10 Typhoon T3

    3(F) Sqn, Coningsby [15]:
    14 Typhoon FGR4
    1 Typhoon T3

    41(R) Sqn, Coningsby [8]:
    3 Tornado GR4
    4 Typhoon FGR4
    1 Typhoon T3

    1(F) Sqn, Lossiemouth [11]:
    10 Typhoon FGR4
    1 Typhoon T3

    6 Sqn, Lossiemouth [13]:
    12 Typhoon FGR4
    1 Typhoon T3

    II(ac) Sqn, Lossiemouth [12]:
    11 Typhoon FGR4
    1 Typhoon T3

    XI Sqn, Marham [13]:
    12 Typhoon FGR4
    1 Typhoon T3

    Sustainment Fleet: [98]

    RAF Marham Tornado Pool [57]:
    39 Tornado GR4
    8 Tornado GR4A
    10 Tornado GR4T

    Lossiemouth [7]:
    7 Tornado GR4

    Coningsby [20]:
    15 Typhoon FGR4
    5 Typhoon T3

    Shawbury [1]:
    1 Typhoon FGR4

    Warton [13]:
    13 Typhoon FGR4

    Leeming (awaiting disposal) [11]:
    6 Tornado GR4
    2 Tornado GR4A
    3 Tornado GR4T

    QinetiQ Boscombe Down [3]:
    3 Tornado GR4

    On loan to BAES Warton [4]:
    3 Typhoon FGR4
    1 Typhoon T3

    As can be seen from this, 12 fighters plus one trainer is the “most common” strength, but that reflects only 2 of the 8 squadrons. 29(R) Squadron is the Operational Conversion Unit for Typhoon, which explains its unusual strength, half of which is trainers. It is especially noticeable that over half the total number of airframes are not in service with squadrons or flights at all, but in the sustainment fleet, awaiting disposal, or being used by civilian organisations for experimentation. In the event of a shooting war, it therefore seems likely that squadron stengths could be sustained for a considerable time, as long as sufficient pilots were available.

    All the best,



    thanks great info there

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