Interwar RAF Strategic or Operational Reconnaissance?

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Senior Airman
Feb 16, 2019
To confirm:

From 1930 to 1939, did the RAF have any strategic (to 600 miles) or operational (to 250 miles) reconnaissance aircraft?
Coincidentally this months “Aeroplane” magazine has an article titled “Secrets and Spies” about the two Lockheed 12A Electra Junior aircraft used by Sidney Cotton on behalf of the British Secret Intelligence Service for photo recce work pre-WW2. It looks at the aircraft, its modifications and its operations.

G-AFKR was only used briefly before being handed to the French.

G-AFTL was the replacement and has recently been restored for Fighter Aviation Engineering as seen below.

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