Syhart - 1/72 F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-210 100 Years 1 Squadron Raaf 2016. The No 1 Squadron of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) was formed in 1916 at Point-Cook (Victoria) with no aircraft. It started the missions in Egypt, Palestine and Sinai during the World war I. The squadron re-raised during World war II as maritime patrol squadron.
Then from 1948, become part of No 82 Wing, as heavy bomber unit, since that based on Raaf base Amberley in Queensland.
Along it's history, the No 1 Squadron flown with following aircrafts :
- Avro Lincoln (1948-1956),
- Camberra (1956-1970),
- F-4E Phantom II (1970-1973),
- F-111C (1973-2009),
Then on 2010, the No 1 squadron was converted to F/A-18F Super Hornet. The squadron attained full operational capability with Super Hornet in end 2012.
For the Century of the No 1 Squadron on 2016, it's one of these Super-Hornet, who received the special paint, The A44-210 tails was black painted with the yellow silhouettes of former aircrafts flown by the squadrons on inner sides, when the outer sides are orned with the insigna of the squadron No 1 since 100 years.
The No 1 squadron is the sister-unit of No 6 squadron, sharing common history for decades, both based on Amberley, and flown the same aircrafts types