100th Anniversary Jet

208(R) Sqn unveils 100th Anniversary Jet at RAF Valley

To commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One, the squadron designed a paint scheme for Hawk T1. XX350, which was scheduled for a re-paint after a major service. The aircraft was given her new colours by the Valley-based Babcock spray bay team, and the design splits the aircraft into old and new, with the current black training scheme for the front, and the green WW1 scheme to the rear. The design was based on the colour scheme used on the Bristol F2B Fighter which is housed at the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden Aerodrome in Bedfordshire. This aircraft - which is still airworthy - saw active service with 208 Squadron in 1922 during the Chanak Crisis in Turkey.

Current 208 Squadron Officer Commanding, Wing Commander Nick Gatenby said: “208 Squadron is looking forward to celebrating its centenary in October 2016. We have a number of events planned during the run up to October 2016, and the centenary jet will play a major part. I’d like to say a big thank you to the Babcock team here at RAF Valley for a flawless job. The centenary Hawk will be a great reminder of our historic past, but also highlight our current role of training fast jet pilots of the future”.

This article first appeared in the RAF Website and the RAF Valley Website.

Editor: Squadron Leader Dave Wiliams

Photos:  SAC Rob Travis

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