Royal Air Force Hawk T2 ZK029 ‘FE’ – one of the first of the type in new No 25 (Fighter) Squadron markings – flew into Hawarden Airport, Wales on September 7 for the following day’s Freedom of Bangor Flypast, which was cancelled due to poor weather.
The RAF recently announced that No 25(F) Squadron would re-form at RAF Valley, Wales, as a second Hawk T2 unit. The squadron will provide advanced fast jet training (AFJT) for RAF and Royal Navy pilots alongside No IV (Army Co-operation) Squadron at the same base. The latter will split into two with the re-formed No 25(F) Squadron taking on responsibility for the first phase of AFJT.
The move was prompted by increased demand for fast jet pilots on the front line to fly the Typhoon and Lightning. Meanwhile, Typhoon squadron numbers were boosted on July 24 with re-formation of No 12 Squadron at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, which followed an announcement that No IX (Bomber) Squadron will stand up on Typhoon at RAF Lossiemouth next year. No 25(F) Squadron is expected to fully re-form by the end of this year.