11/100 - Proud parents
10/100 - Technology in the fast lane
9/100 - The Wooden Wonder
The Mosquito was arguably the greatest contribution made by De Havilland to the success of the Royal Air Force in the Second World War. A hugely versatile and high performance aircraft it was originally conceived as a high-flying, unarmed reconnaissance aircraft, it saw service in a huge range of roles during the conflict.
For De Havilland, a company which is today part of our company heritage, the Mosquito is a success story built on a bold and ingenious design built predominantly from wood.
Its wood composite structure - which came years before the principles of carbon fibre used in today's combat aircraft - meant the ‘Mossie’ was light and able to fly at high altitudes and high speeds, thanks to its twin Merlin engines. The use of these non-strategic materials meant raw material was in good supply and there was an available workforce including many furniture makers.
Read more about "The Wooden Wonder" here: https://www.baesystems.com/en/heritage/de-havilland-mosquito
8/100 - Above and beyond for 100 years
7/100 - Apres moi le deluge
Using the iconic Lancaster bomber, designed and built by engineers from A.V. Roe and Company which today makes up part of our business, that Operation Chastise, the raid to destroy dams in the Ruhr Valley, Germany, became a pivotal moment in the conflict.
The squadron were using specialist weapons such as the Tallboy and Grand Slam bombs developed by Barnes Wallis for attacking high value and hardened targets.
After the success of the raid, the squadron was given the nickname ‘The Dambuster’ and their motto apres moi le deluge – which translates as “after me, the flood.”
At the end of the war, 617 Squadron replaced its Lancasters with its successor, the Avro Lincoln, a heavy bomber out of the same company based in Greater Manchester.
In 1952, the English Electric Canberra, the bomber built by our legacy business in Lancashire, became the aircraft operated by the squadron until it was disbanded three years later following a four-month deployment in Malaya.
When 617 Squadron was reformed again in May 1958, it was as part of RAF Bomber Command's V-Bomber force maintaining the UK's strategic nuclear deterrent, equipped with the Avro Vulcan B1, another aircraft designed and built by the men and women who served in our business.
The relationship between the squadron and the iconic Vulcan, which served almost 30 years for the RAF, continued until the end of 1981.
It would be another two years before the squadron was reformed again on New Year's Day 1983 at RAF Marham, Norfolk, this time flying the Tornado GR1 aircraft, designed and built by the three-nation industrial partnership, Panavia, whose founding members included the British Aircraft Corporation.
It was with Tornado that 617 Squadron took part in Operation Granby, the military operation as part of the Gulf War which began in 1991, and was also part of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
In December 1994, the squadron achieved another piece of history when the RAF's first female Tornado pilot, Flight Lieutenant Jo Salter, became combat ready.
In 2013, it was announced that 617 Squadron would become the first UK squadron to receive the F-35 Lightning II, the next generation stealth aircraft built, and it was disbanded as a Tornado squadron the following year.
Later this year, the arrival of the first of the UK's F-35 jets will arrive in the country and open yet another chapter in the enduring partnership between our business and this famous squadron.
As part of our role as a key partner on the F-35 programme, alongside prime contractor Lockheed Martin, we are responsible for contributing 15 per cent of every aircraft.
From delivering the rear section of every jet and the electronic warfare technology behind the fifth generation fighter through to playing a key role in the team supporting the UK fleet as it enters service at RAF Marham this year, we are proud to continue our partnership with 'The Dambusters'.
6/100 - "The easiest plane I've ever flown" by Nat Makepeace
Listen to Nat talk about how Typhoon compares too many of the other leading frontline aircraft which operate across the globe.
5/100 - Outstanding Steve Lee
4/100 - The original Typhoon
3/100 - "I wanted to make flying safer" by James Johnston
Whether they have graduated from our Academy for Skills & Knowledge, a world-class training centre based in Samlesbury, Lancashire, as an engineer, a manufacturer or as a business management or project management apprentice, their support is vital to ensuring we deliver for one of our most important customers.
To mark the centenary of the RAF which began on April 1, we met technical apprentice, James Johnston, who told us about how an experience in the air made him want to become an engineer and improve aircraft safety.