To deliver full-time quick reaction alert (QRA) cover for the northern UK from March 2011, the aircraft are pictured departing the RAF's Typhoon main operating base at Coningsby in Lincolnshire for their new home at Leuchars in Scotland.
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“6 Sqn’s main focus over the coming months will be preparing to deliver quick reaction alert,” says station commander Air Cdre Harry Atkinson. The unit will eventually total around 200 personnel, and is the first of three Typhoon squadrons to be established at Leuchars.
The 6 Sqn Typhoons are due to play a starring role by opening the Leuchars air show on 11 September. Previously equipped with the Sepecat Jaguar until 2007, the unit was reformed at the base on 6 September. Its aircraft will deliver QRA services currently being provided by the Panavia Tornado F3s of 111 Sqn.