Cambridge University Air Squadron
|Cambridge University Air Squadron RAF|
|Active||1 Oct 1925-present|
|Garrison/HQ||RAF Wyton/Cambridge Town HQ|
|Motto||Doctrinam Accingimus Alis (Latin: We equip learning with wings)|
|Equipment||Grob Tutor G-115E|
|Lion passant and guardant in front of red book with white cross|
Cambridge University Air Squadron, abbreviated CUAS, formed in 1925, is the training unit of the Royal Air Force at the University of Cambridge and forms part of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. It is the oldest of 14 University Air Squadrons in the UK. For many years it was based at Cambridge Airport at Teversham.
Cambridge University Air Squadron offers basic flying training and adventure training to undergraduates and graduates and encourages members to take up a career as an officer in one of the branches of the Royal Air Force.
Members of CUAS are not committed to join the RAF after graduation. Student members hold the title of Officer Cadet, which carries the privileges, but not the rank, of a commissioned officer. The four senior student members of the squadron are granted commissions in the RAF Volunteer Reserve, with the rank of Acting Pilot Officer. Officer Cadets are required to attend a minimum of one training night a week during full term, usually a lecture by a guest speaker on an aspect of the Royal Air Force or another military unit. They are also expected to take part in two weeks of continuous training during the Long Vacation. There are also camps during all university vacations for sports, flying and adventure training.
CUAS is based at RAF Wyton, and is equipped with Grob Tutor T Mk 1s. Each officer cadet is offered a Summer Vacation Attachment of one week at another RAF base, seconded to an active regular unit.
Commanding officers (Though not all of them)
- 1934-1937 Squadron Leader John Stanley Chick
- 1981-1983 Squadron Leader Brian Burridge
- 2009-2011 Squadron Leader Simon Means
- 2011–Present Squadron Leader Charles Kane
- Frank Whittle RAF Officer and inventor of the turbo-jet engine
- Kenneth Campbell RAF Officer and Victoria Cross recipient
- Richard Tomlinson Soldier & MI6 Officer
- Gordon Manley Climatologist
- Nicholas Patrick Astronaut
- George Barclay RAF Officer and DFC recipient
- Gino Watkins Polar Explorer
- Michael Stear RAF Officer
- James Peter Obeyesekere III Sri Lankan politician
- John Fairey Aviator
- Cathcart Wight-Boycott RAF Officer
- Peter Vanneck RN Officer
- Hector Monro, Baron Monro of Langholm RAF Officer & politician
- Alick Foord-Kelcey RAF Officer and civil servant
- Victor Goddard RAF Officer
- José Malon RAF Officer
- Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation : RAF Volunteer Reserve Units at rafweb.org
- Official RAF webpage. "Cambridge University Air Squadron". http://www.raf.mod.uk/cambridgeuas/history/.