No. 1 Squadron is a Royal Australian Air Force unit headquartered at
RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland. It operates F/A-18F Super Hornet multi-
role fighters (pictured). The squadron formed under the Australian
Flying Corps in 1916 and saw action in the Middle East during World
War I. Initially equipped with obsolete B.E.2s, it converted to Bristol
Fighters in 1917. No. 1 Squadron was re-established as part of the RAAF
in 1925. During World War II, it flew Lockheed Hudson bombers in the
Malayan and Dutch East Indies campaigns, suffering heavy losses. It
later operated Bristol Beauforts and de Havilland Mosquitos. The
squadron re-formed with Avro Lincoln heavy bombers in 1948. From 1950 to
1958 it was based in Singapore, and was responsible for most of the
Commonwealth air campaign during the Malayan Emergency. On returning to
Australia it re-equipped with English Electric Canberra jets. It
operated F-4E Phantoms from 1970 to 1973, as a stop-gap pending delivery
of the F-111C swing-wing bomber. The F-111 remained in service for 37
years until replaced by the Super Hornet in 2010. A detachment has been
deployed to the Middle East since September 2014 as part of Australia's
contribution to the military intervention against ISIL.
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