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RAF Coningsby squadron celebrates centenary with new livery

Anniversary celebrations: A Lincolnshire squadron has revealed an impressive new paint scheme to mark the centenary of its formation.

A Lincolnshire squadron has revealed an impressive new colour scheme to mark the centenary of its formation.

The 29 (R) Squadron based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, unveiled the design on March 27, to celebrate 100 years of service.

The Typhoon aircraft, featuring ruby red and champagne gold colours is inspired by the squadron badge.

The badge shows an eagle in flight preying on a buzzard with the motto “Impiger et acer” (energetic and keen).

The tail plane surfaces depict different aircraft that have been flown by the squadron in the last 100 years.


Photo: RAF Coningsby

In that time, it served in the Second World War on convoy protection patrols, as a night fighter squadron, and on missions across the continent.

One of the world’s oldest fighter squadrons, 29 (R) Squadron was the second British squadron to receive the Eurofighter Typhoon.


Photo: RAF Coningsby

Officer Commanding 29 (R) Squadron, Wing Commander James Heald, said: “I think the aircraft looks fantastic, a fitting tribute to all those who have served on 29 Squadron and a great celebration of our centenary.

“As a Battle of Britain squadron ourselves, we are privileged to have on our line an aircraft commemorating the 75th anniversary of the battle.

“The team responsible for the design and output of this magnificent new scheme should be exceptionally proud of themselves.”