When the jaguars moved in initially there were three flying Squadrons. These being,
54 Squadron performing the role of a fighter - Bomber and 41 Squadron specializing
Aerial Photography and Reconnaissance. The Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) of
16 (R) Squadron moved in shortly after from Lossiemouth. Their reasonability was
to teach new pilots all the knowledge required for frontline service in the Jaguar.
As many military aviation enthusiasts are already aware Coltishall is deemed for
The units of 16 (R) and 54 have already been stood down and the air frames have been
transferred to the remaining Squadrons. The roles of the Jaguars are to be taken
by the new, fourth generation, multi-role combat aircraft, the Eurofighter Typhoon.
The program is rapidly moving forward and one by one the air frames are being delivered
to the units of 17 (R) and 29 Squadron. Because of Typhoon’s multi-role capability
unfortunately for the Jaguar they are no longer considered cost effective and are
being retired from service.
Is there a future for Jaguar personnel? Yes! Most will be transferred to other bases
learn new skills and trades, to keep other types flying and in good order. Aircrew
not taking an early retirement could possibly go through the "OCU" as do all new
Once they've become type qualified they may continue front line service. The future
field is unknown. Personally, I would like to see fast jets blasting out of Coltishall
years to come. We can only hope the history and pride of Royal Air Force Coltishall
The Jaguar will live on here. The images in this photo report are a tribute to all
present personnel that makes Royal Air Force Coltishall what it is today.
The Sepecat Jaguar, loved by those who fly it. This aircraft will be sadly missed
spotters and air show fans alike.
The Corporate Communications Officer and his assistants who made this possible.