A special event was held at Joint Flying Station Aldergrove last week to mark the re-forming of the RAF’s No. 502 (Ulster) Squadron.
Speaking at the event, Wing Commander James Armstrong, Commanding Officer of the squadron, said he was relishing the challenge of reforming this historic squadron.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who may in the past have considered a career with the RAF but didn’t pursue it and now finds themselves looking for new challenges,” Wing Commander Armstrong said.
He added: “In return for giving us their time we can promise that as a reservist of they will learn new skills, develop talents and be play a vital role in the future of our countries defence.”
Wing Commander Armstrong also paid tribute to Air Marshal Sir Timothy Anderson, who was heavily involved in the formation of the new squadron.
Air Marshal Anderson said: “Reservists have shown tremendous support... and bravery across the last number of years and I am sure that RAF 502 will become one of those.
“There is a benefit to society as a whole when young men and women go out and get professional training and understand what camaraderie is and bring those experiences back into the host community.”