I take another dip into my flying log book, RAF Form 414. We catch up with the young ‘Old Pilot’ as he joins his first operational squadron, No 43(F) Sqn, The Fighting Cocks!  I was faced with a further 6 months of training to become a fully Combat Ready fighter pilot.  Relying on my faltering memory I said that the jamming Canberras were on 100 Sqn… they were, of course, actually from No 360 Squadron!


The F4 Phantoms of The Fighting Cocks.


Air to Air refuelling.


The Q shed at RAF Leuchars.


My flying suit badges including the treasured Squadron patch that was only worn by combat ready aircrew.