The Squadron was created back in
1999 when the RAF662 was growing fast.
In the beginning the Squad was mainly US-based but had RAF_Savage (UK)
as S/L and RAF_Snoopy, RAF_Jester and RAF_Wedge as members. See old note
from RAF_SmokyDaBear below:
Foxtrot specifically, I don't remember much- I was first assigned to
Echo, with Savage filling in as SL. Echo and Foxtrot were both mostly
US-based at that time. All the squads have been shifted around and
reorganized quite a few times as you know. Really only Delta has
maintained a consistent UK-oriented structure.
Individual members are easier to remember- I did a lot of flying with
Snoopy, Jester, and Wedge from Foxtrot.
At some point in the
summer/autumn ’99 it became an European Squadron with RAF_Bip as the
first Squadron Leader with RAF_Echo7 as his 2IC (Second in Command).
Many of the pilots then were newbee’s that has enlisted in the autumn
and winter 1999.
The simulator used then was the original CFS “Combat Flight Simulator”
the hottest Combat Flight Sim then.
People meet on The Zone and the favourite games was Ark Royal landings,
Bombruns Interlaken – Bern and then of course “Under the bridge” in
A game we also enjoyed (Especially RAF_Duffer) was all vs all in Camels
RAF_GONZO in Camel fight.
In summer 2000 the RAF662 had
the first meeting at the Flying Legends air show in Duxford, and some of
the Foxtrot members meet face to face.
In the end of 2000 CFS2 was
released, and we moved to the Pacific. It was here we got our first base
scenery made by Prop, later Bip made a better version of it not so FPS
It was also here Prop introduced a new game, “The Sitting Duck”. Labels
were off and those parked on the ground were not allowed to take off
until after the initial attack. So people used every skill to hide on
the ground so they wouldn’t be seen.
It always ended in some intense dogfighting.
Then Bip made a Foxtrot Base in
the desert (It was here the reason to make Foxtrot a desert-based
squadron was born), which became rather popular within the whole RAF662.
There we had races in the valleys, we had “kick the can” in the nearby
mountains. It was also then we had the first real combined Wing games,
where all three Squadrons in Stallion Wing were present.
Foxtrot ready for a race in Goony's. 18th. Oct. 2002.
Other sceneries were made and we
began to move back to Europe, especially after the release of Mshins’
ETO planes like the 109, Spitfire, Do-17, Ju-87, FW’s and so on.
It also became easier with CFS2 to build missions.
It became summer and again the
RAF662 members left their homes to go to Duxford. And for the first and
never since a whole Squadron meet in real life. That was great fun.
RAF_Prop - RAF_Cobber - RAF_Bip - RAF_Radar - RAF_Loke
RAF_Sierra - RAF_MOZZIE - RAF_Echo7 - RAF_Duffer
Then the pressure on the
Squadrons became too big, and a new Squadron in a new Wing was formed.
The new Squadron was named Mike Squadron and the new Wing was named
Eagle Strike Wing. It consisted of Foxtrot, Golf and Mike Squadron.
It’s first Wing Commander became
RAF_Loke, who also was the first Foxtrot member to become W/C.
We were now in the year of 2002
and shortly after the third Duxford meet, we began to loose members. I
believe generally people were getting tired of CFS2, and we were waiting
2002 it was released, we tried everything with it. We did have some
great fun but also some frustration. In beginning of 2003 we heard about
a new sim. Called Il-2 Sturmovik, a Russian made game. Some people loved
it from the beginning and some hated it. It lead to a split up in the
RAF662 because it was decided that the RAF should use CFS3 as it’s core
sim. Several US members left to start up their own group because they
preferred the new sim.
We fought on with CFS3 and lost
more and more members.
Mike Squadrons pilots ended up
with joining Foxtrot every time, and in the end it was decided to close
the Squad and only a few months later when Sierra left, there was not
pointed out any successor as W/C of Eagle Wing, which doomed it.
Foxtrot and Golf Squadron once again joined Stallion Wing.
At this time we also began to
fly the latest versions of Il2, the Forgotten Battles, which became
extended later with Ace Expansion Pack and later again with Pacific
Fighters, and several patches.
Over the years the Group and the
squadron have lost many members but also gained new once, and we are
still here today.