XI (VF) Squadron RAF

Swifter and keener than eagles


No. 11 or XI Squadron (sometimes featuring an ‘F’ to represent its historic fighter role (No. 11(F) or XI(F) Squadron), is one of the oldest fighter squadrons of the Royal Air Force, continuing the traditions established by the similarly numbered Royal Flying Corps squadron, established in 1915. After a history of equipment with numerous different aircraft types, the squadron most recently operated the Tornado F3 until 2005 when it was disbanded. It was reactivated to operate the F 16 Viper and is part of Virtual Joint Strike Wing

Swifter and keener than eagles

Two eagles volant in pale – approved by King George VI in May 1937. The badge commemorates the unit’s First World War operation of two-seater fighter-reconnaissance aircraft, eagles being chosen to symbolise speed and strength.


The F-16 is a single-engine, highly maneuverable, supersonic, multi-role tactical fighter aircraft. It is much smaller and lighter than its predecessors, but uses advanced aerodynamics and avionics, including the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire (RSS/FBW) flight control system, to achieve enhanced maneuver performance. Highly agile, the F-16 was the first fighter aircraft purpose-built to pull 9- g maneuvers and can reach a maximum speed of over Mach 2. Innovations include a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, a side-mounted control stick, and a reclined seat to reduce g-force effects on the pilot. It is armed with an internal M61 Vulcancannon in the left wing root and has multiple locations for mounting various missiles, bombs and pods. It has a thrust-to-weight ratio greater than one, providing power to climb and vertical acceleration.

Aircraft Type

Multi-role fighter

Maximum Speed

Mach 2


Lockheed Martin



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