Pilots of 'B' Flight, No. 32 Squadron RAF Hawkinge Black And White Credit © IWM (HU 54418)

In 1968 a series of programmes were made documenting the histories of the squadrons based at RAF Akrotiri at the time.

Now, 50 years on, during the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, we’re revisiting those squadrons that are still in existence to see where they are and how much has changed.

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In the last of these special programmes, we follow 32 (The Royal) Squadron, who provide Command Support Air Transport from their home base of RAF Northolt.

This can range from transporting vital kit & equipment in an operational theatre to some of the world’s most influential people. Executive Officer 32 (TR) Squadron, Sqn Ldr Si Reed said:

“It always makes your day when you have the Prime Minister thank you for what you’ve done.”

From the archives, we hear about the squadrons' early successes, from those who were there right at the beginning, and compare that to their present-day role.

It’s one that is full of variety and takes them all over the world. BAe146 Loadmaster Sgt Charlie Harvey said:

“The places we’ve gone, and go, compared to other fleets makes it unique.

"I get to enjoy places that my peers on other fleets might not get to. I’ve been as close as Biggin Hill, just down the road, and as far as Bangkok in Thailand.”

Forces Radio BFBS Cyprus broadcaster Jade Callaway compares the squadrons' first 50 years to their role in 2018, hears their reaction to the predictions made in 1968 and gets their thoughts on where they think the RAF will be in another 50 years time.

Cover photo: Pilots of 'B' Flight, No. 32 Squadron relax on the grass at RAF Hawkinge © IWM (HU 54418)