The United States Navy used to call NAS Miramar in California “Fightertown USA”. Here in Great Britain we have a similar base, instead of Southern California we have Lincolnshire, the delights of San Diego are replaced by Sleaford and Lincoln. I give you Fightertown UK, RAF Coningsby.
In all seriousness, it’s the HQ of the RAF’s Eurofighter Typhoon force with the OCU (29Sqn) and OEU (17Sqn) based there, as well as 2 operational squadrons numbers 3 and 11 plus the Tornados of 41Sqn who provide a test role for the Tornado force. When I was there for the BBMF PDA displays it would have been rude not to capture some of the more modern hardware as well.
George Santayana the Spanish philosopher and essayist is responsible for two of my favourite literary quotes. They are “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. And, because presumably no one paid much attention to those words he is also credited with “only the dead have seen the end of war.”
The poignancy of these words is not lost on me each time I see the aircraft of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll have read of a previous encounter with the Lancaster. The sight and sound of the aircraft of the flight stirs my emotions like practically nothing else; so an invite to photograph their Public Display Authorisation displays at RAF Coningsby was a very pleasant surprise.