This particular aircraft spent several months at RAF Coningsby with 29(R) Squadron wearing a 1 Squadron code, but had recently adopted a 29(R) Squadron code complete with the famous "Triple X" markings. Ironically, the aircraft had recently arrived at RAF Leuchars, home of QRA North, and was being operated by 1 Squadron.
A fully armed "Q2" belonging to 1 Squadron backtracks down the main after completing a four and half hour long sortie after it and the primary "Q1" were scrambled earlier in the day. Because fast jet operations at RAF Leuchars are rapidly drawing to a close, I decided to sit it out and wait for the jet's return, as photographing a Q bird is quite a rare event. Luckily it returned at dusk just before the light faded. This would be one of the last opportunities to photograph a fully armed Q jet at RAF Leuchars.
Still to be marked up in its operator's colours, this is 1 Squadron's allocated twin-stick aircraft landing back on Leuchars' recently redesignated Runway 08 at dusk after an early evening training sortie. Unusually, this T3 is fitted with a centreline fuel tank in addition to the under wing tanks.