|No. 1312 Flight RAF|
A 1312 Flight C-130 taking-off at RAF Stanley
19 Apr 1944 – 21 Jul 1944|
14 Sep 1954 – 1 Apr 1957
20 Aug 1983 – present
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
Aerial refueling and transport
|Motto(s)||Uphold the right|
|Squadron Badge heraldry||No known badge|
|Squadron Codes||No known identification code for the flight is known to have been carried|
While the UK officially does not foresee any threat to the Falkland Islands, it maintains significant military forces as a deterrent against any aggressor. These forces also protect South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The Royal Air Force contribution to this deterrent is based at RAF Mount Pleasant, the primary component of which is No. 1435 Flight, with its four Eurofighter Typhoons providing air defence. The squadron goes by the motto of "Uphold the right" while the motto of the Falkland Islands is "Desire the right".
1312 Flight operates in support of this force providing aerial refuelling, air transport, search and rescue and maritime patrol. The latter is an important mission to the Falkland Islands government as the Hercules verifies that all fishing vessels are licensed; at £1,000 per licence per season this is an important source of income.
History[edit | edit source]
1312 (Transport) Flight was first formed on 19 April 1944 at RAF Llandow. It operated 6 Avro Ansons to collect and deliver aircrew involved in the ferrying replacement aircraft. After June 1944 it was involved in transporting wounded serviceman back to England from France until it was disbanded on 21 July 1944.
1312 (In-Flight Refuelling) Flight re-formed again on the 20 August 1983 at RAF Stanley before moving to the newly opened RAF Mount Pleasant in 1986. The original task was to operate the Lockheed Hercules on air-to-air refueling missions, but these were later replaced by VC10s (borrowed from 101 Squadron) and Hercules C.1s from the Lyneham Wing. On 31 August 2013 the VC10 was replaced by a TriStar K1 from 216 Squadron.
Aircraft operated[edit | edit source]
|19 April 1944||21 July 1944||Avro Anson||Mk.I
|14 September 1954||1 April 1957||Handley Page Hastings||C.1
|February 1955||1 April 1957||Vickers Valetta||C.1||WD158; VL274|
|20 August 1983||31 March 1996||Lockheed Hercules||C.1K||XV201|
|31 March 1996||31 August 2013||Vickers VC10
|31 August 2013||present||TriStar
Flight bases[edit | edit source]
|19 April 1944||21 July 1944||RAF Llandow, Glamorgan, Wales|
|14 September 1954||1 April 1957||RAF Abingdon, Oxfordshire|
|20 August 1983||1986||RAF Stanley, Falkland Islands|
|1986||present||RAF Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands|
See also[edit | edit source]
- List of Royal Air Force aircraft squadrons
- List of Royal Air Force independent flights
- Military of the Falkland Islands
References[edit | edit source]
- Lake 1999, pp. 84–85.
- Lake 1999, p. 84.
- Sturtivant and Hamlin 2007, p. 118.
- Lake 1999, p. 85.
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