Scramble, Scamble, Scramble
The Typhoons of RAF Coningsby took part in Exercise TAURUS MOUNTAIN 3 this week. The exercise is the third in a series that aim to test the Air Security Plan for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Four Typhoons performed practice scambles using the QRA format call sign of Delta 2 India flight and each air frame allocated a number from 33 to 36. The first pair held at the side of the runway until ATC gave them the order to scramble. The second pair scrambling straight away.
Once in the air they performed an unrestricted climb and were vectored to their intercept.
Gunfighter and Rockstar
As well as the QRA scrambles Typhoon using Gunfighter and Rockstar call signs of 29(R) Squadron also took part in the exercise. Working with Cranwell 42 (a Grob Tutor which have been used on the exercise to simulate slow moving light aircraft for intercept purposes) and being controlled by an E-3D AWAC from RAF Waddington using the Magic call sign.
29(R) Squadron – Typhoon OCU
The Typhoon training squadron was busy with flights from Triplex, Shocker, Reflex and under Typhoon call signs. A new batch of students were introduced to the Typhoon with performance take offs and single engine overshoots taking place throughout the day.
3(F) Squadron and 17(R) Squadron
Both 3(F) Squadron and 17(R) Squadron both also flew but not in large numbers.
41(R) Squadron flew a sortie with their Tornado GR4 which is still sporting 617 Sqn markings, the BBMF air tested their Lancaster and a privately owned Bulldog made a fuel stop.
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