"Pure Genuis" F3
111s 75th anniversary jet prior to the celebration. This is a very rare photograph as this was only on jet for a short space of time. The Guinness Harp and the words "Pure Genius" which was their advertising slogan at the time, are clearly visible.
CXI(F) Squadron's BIGGEST Fighter
Taken in May 93 at Gibraltar, on a 111 detachment,the Squadron took along a painter and finisher from Leuchars for a break from his normal routine. 120 Sqn from Kinloss were on a short visit and kindly brought the jet with CXX on the fin. The painter was tasked with obtaining matching paint, canvas and some double sided tape as we did not wish to upset the Nimrod operators by doing a proper paint job! The whole task was completed in under an hour. Capable of carrying sidewinder missiles the Nimrod had the tag of being the worlds biggest fighter. Appropriate therefore, it should carry fighter squadron markings. 111 naturally!
April 1992 ~ Exercise Distant Frontier
In April of 1992, Treble One Squadron were tasked to Ex. Distant Frontier. This was the first overseas det where 'TREMBLERS' used others operators aircraft, namely the aircraft of XXV. On the way over to Goose Bay and Alaska these F3s formated alongside the Tristar at the request of one of the groundcrew and this stunning shot was taken. Lead by Sqn Ldr Wood, these aircraft were flown by "Treble One" crews from Leuchars so it counts :-)
June 1997 ~ Exercise Brilliant Foil
In June 1997, Treble One participated in Exercise Brilliant Foil from Chateaudun in France. A great detatchment but with some interesting developments! At Lunch fellow French particpants would walk in to the dining hall en-masse without head-wear, spend 2 hours eating and drinking and return to their duties. Being British, of course, things had to be done differently and in true tradition they wore their Berets throughout lunch and for once did not drink the wine. The F3s, for the duration of the exercise (alledgedly), HAD to have the underwing tanks painted bright pink for airbourne identification reasons. The 'sooties' did not like this as they simply leaked . . . the French did too but with laughter!