17th RW

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TR-1A at RAF Alconbury in the 1980's



Activated at RAF Alconbury England as the 17th Reconnaissance Wing on 1 October 1982. 
The operational squadron of the 17th RW was the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron. 
The wing flew tactical and strategic surveillance missions in Western Europe using the TR-1 (U-2R). At Alconbury, the 17th RW received the P. T. Cullen Trophy for providing “the greatest contribution to the intelligence gathering efforts of SAC” in 1989 and 1990. 
During 1990–91, many of the wing's assets and personnel supported operations in Southwest Asia by ferrying aircraft and equipment to Taif, Saudi Arabia. The 17th RW inactivated on 30 June 1991, but its subordinate unit, the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron, remained at Alconbury as a non-flying organization until 15 September 1993. The U-2Rs were consolidated at Beale AFB California in the 9th Wing.



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Operating Location United Kingdom
OL-UK




AMS - Avionics Maintenance Squadron
CAMS - Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
FMS - Field Maintenance Squadron
OMS - Organizational Maintenance Squadron

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RAF Alconbury Name Tag
 
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17th RW Colour
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17th RW Toujours Au Danger
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17th RW Subdued
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 95th Recon Sqdn
95th Recon Sqdn
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95th Recon Sqdn
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95th Recon Sqdn - Subdued 
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Dragon Lady TR-1 / U-2R
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95th Recon Sqdn - Colour
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17th Recon Wing
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TR-1 / U-2
Dragon Lady
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95th Recon Sqdn
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17th CAMS - Dragon Keeper
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17th CAMS - Dragon Keeper
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17th CAMS - Dragon Keeper
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17th AMS SIC ITUR AD ASTRA
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17th AMS SIC ITUR AD ASTRA
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17th AMS SIC ITUR AD ASTRA 
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RAF Alconbury TR-1 England
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17th AMS
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RAF Alconbury TR-1 England
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17th Orgl Maint Sq (SAC)
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17th OMS Colour
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17th OMS Subdued
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17th FMS Subdued
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17th FMS 
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17th FMS
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Physiological Support Division
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TR-1 95th Recon Squadron?
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Alconbury Fire Fighters Association





This patch was made to go on the back of jackets (made by crew chiefs)  - It wasn't an official Patch
 Size - 10 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Only about 40 or so were made


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TR-1/U-2 Dragon Lady - Dance With The Lady - Fight With The Dragon
Jacket Back Patch (10"x8")
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Operating Location - Crested Harvest (OL-CH)  -   1704 RS Provisional

On the 17th August 1990  two U-2's deployed to King Fahad AB,  Taif  and these were followed by two TR-1's from the 17th RECONNAISSANCE WING at RAF ALCONBURY on the 23/08/1990. 
In total six U-2's and six TR-1 were on strength during Desert Shield / Storm flying "OLYMPIC FLARE" Missions which saw aircraft equipped with SYERS, ASARS , IRIS, H-CAM and SENIOR SPAN sensors. On the 21/09/ 90  OL-CH was  designated 1704 RS ( Provisional) 


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OL-CH
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Desert Storm'91
We Caught You Coming
We Will Watch You Go
17 RW TR-1
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Desert Storm 1704 PRS
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Desert Shield Desert Storm
RAF Alconbury Gulf Watch
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The Mother Of All Sites OL-CH
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The Storm May Be Over
But We're Still Watching
1704 PRS

 
 



RAF Alconbury Air Tattoo Patches


 
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Air Tattoo 1983
 
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Air Tattoo 1984
"Friendship"
 
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Air Tattoo 1985
"Partners For Peace"
 
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Air Tattoo 1986
"Preserving Peace and Protecting Freedom"
 
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Air Tattoo 1987
"Preserving Peace and Protecting Freedom"
 
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Air Tattoo 1993
"Freedom Of Flight"