For the second successive year a squadron
equipped with English Electric Lightning jet fighters has been
chosen as RAF Fighter Cornmand's leading aerobatic team for the
current year. Last year the honour went to No. 74 "Tiger " Squadron
based at Coltishall, Norfolk, and now their near-neighbours, No. 56
Squadron at Wattisham, Suffolk, have taken over the job.
Commanded by Sqdn Ldr. D. J. Seward, the squadron's nine Lightning
F.MK.la aircraft will give a series of high-speed formation
aerobatics at the major air shows at home and abroad, including the
Paris air show in June.
The squadron has an outstanding war record,
and in both wars its pilots achieved many notable successes. After
the last war, No. 56 Squadron flew Meteor jet fighters between
April. 1946. and February, 1954. when it became the first squadron
to receive the
Last July the squadron made the first overseas non-stop flight refuelling exercises with Lightnings to Cyprus and back. The squadron badge shows a phoenix and the motto is "Quid Si Coelum Ruat ' (" What if the Heaven Falls "). The standard was presented at Waterbeach, Cambs., on April. 1956. by the Duchess of Kent. now Princess Marina. The squadron marking is red and white chequers on each side of the fuselage.