The words I never thought I would hear; "Leuchars 01, the final departure of a fast jet from Leuchars, cleared for take off, wind 280 degrees at 10 knots". Piloted by RAF Leuchars Station Commander, Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew, this was the last Leuchars-based fighter aircraft ever to leave the Fife RAF Station. Truly the end of an era.
In May 1998, No. IX (Bomber) Squadron received the RAF's first Tornado GR4s. These swing wingers flew until early 2019 with the squadron, after which it received the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 at home base RAF Lossiemouth on 1 April 2019.