Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing

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Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing
Active 2001 – present
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force (RAF)
Army Air Corps (AAC)
Type Joint unit
Role Special forces aviation support
Size Wing
Part of United Kingdom Special Forces
Equipment Boeing Chinook HC4
Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin II
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Westland Gazelle AH1
Westland Lynx

The Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing is a joint-service organisation which provides aviation support to United Kingdom Special Forces, using both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. The wing is based at RAF Odiham.[1]

The Wing was formed on 2 April 2001, bringing together 657 Squadron AAC and 7 Squadron RAF into a single unit in support of United Kingdom Special Forces with 8 Flight Army Air Corps (now 658 Squadron AAC) joining in 2008.[1]

The aircraft all based at different MoD establishments including:

The Wing is under peacetime command of the Station Commander of RAF Odiham, but the single services retain full command of their respective personnel. It enjoys a charitable affiliation with the Worshipful Company of Curriers in the City of London.[1][4][5][6]

See also[edit]

United Kingdom Special Forces


  1. ^ a b c d e "JSFAW". Royal Air Force. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Gary Parsons (January 2014). "News briefs". AirForces Monthly (Stamford: Key Publishing): pg.7. 
  3. ^ "Military Aircraft: Helicopters". Parliament of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chinook is shot down". The Sun (London). 20 August 2009(subscription required). Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  5. ^ British Army Aviation in Action, Tim Ripley, Page 181,ISBN 9781848846708
  6. ^ Tim Ripley (10 December 2008). "UK Army Air Corps received Dauphins". Janes Defence Weekly, Vol. 45, Issue 50: 10.