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.
The word Dominie comes from Latin dominē, vocative case of dominus lord meaning a cleric or a schoolmaster (apparently depending on whether you are a Scot or not).
Anyway I digress. I would like, Dear Reader, to take you back to 1965. For it was then that the venerable Hawker Siddley Dominie, a variant of the HS 125 executive jet, came into service with the RAF. Some 46 years later, in January 2011, it goes out of service. So I thought I would trawl the archives and search out pictures of the beast (and a couple of long departed sister aircraft).
The last visit to RIAT