List of Royal Air Force stations

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RAF Cranwell College Hall

This list of RAF Stations is a list of all current Royal Air Force stations, airfields, and administrative headquarters of the Royal Air Force.

Current MOD and RAF Stations[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Station County Notes
RAF Barkston Heath Lincolnshire Home to Elements of No 3 Flying Training School (3FTS) .
RAF Benson Oxfordshire 28 and 78 Squadrons (Merlin HC3) and 33 and 230 Squadrons (Puma).
RAF Boulmer Northumberland Air Surveillance and Control Systems Force Command and 202 Squadron ('A' Flight with Sea King's).
Brampton Camp RAF Wyton Cambridgeshire Formerly part of the combined RAF Brampton Wyton Henlow which has now been disbanded.
RAF Brize Norton Oxfordshire Home to all fixed wing transport aircraft (C-17, C-130, Voyager and TriStar).
RAF Coningsby Lincolnshire 3, 11, 29(R) Squadrons (Eurofighter Typhoon) and 41 (R) (Test and Evaluation Squadron) (Tornado GR4).
RAF Cosford Shropshire Formerly DCAE Cosford and also home to Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.
RAF Cranwell Lincolnshire Home to RAF College Cranwell, HQ Air Cadets and Officers and Aircrew Selection Centre'.
RAF Digby Lincolnshire Tri - service command establishment (and also US tri-service presence) (Originally named RAF Scopwick).
RAF Donna Nook Lincolnshire Bombing range.
RAF Fylingdales North Yorkshire Radar and BMEWS Base.
RAF Halton Buckinghamshire Centre for recruit training and airmen's development training.
RAF Henlow Bedfordshire Log & Pers supporting base
RAF High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HQ Air Command.
RAF Holbeach Lincolnshire Bombing range.
RAF Honington Suffolk Used predominantly by the RAF Regiment.
RAF Kirton in Lindsey Lincolnshire Accommodation unit for RAF Scampton personnel
RAF Leeming North Yorkshire 100 Squadron (Hawk T1) 90 Signals Unit.
RAF Linton-on-Ouse North Yorkshire Flying training centre (1 FTS)
RAF Lossiemouth Moray XV Squadron (Tornado GR4.) 1 and 6 Squadrons ( Eurofighter Typhoon)
RAF Marham Norfolk 2, 9 and 31 Squadrons (Tornado GR4).
RAF Mona Isle of Anglesey Relief landing ground.
RAF Northolt London Home of The Royal Squadron and the home of No. 63 (Field) Squadron The Queen's Colour Squadron of The RAF Regiment.
RAF Odiham Hampshire 7, 18 and 27 Squadrons (Chinook HC2) and Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing.
RAF Pembrey Sands Air Weapons Range Carmarthenshire Bombing range.
RAF Scampton Lincolnshire Currently home to the Red Arrows, Number 1 Air Control Centre and the 'RAF Mobile Meteorological Unit'.
RAF Shawbury Shropshire Defence Helicopter Flying School.
RAF Spadeadam Cumbria RAF and NATO Electronic warfare range.
RAF St Mawgan Cornwall Home to the Defence Survival Training Organisation.
RAF Syerston Nottinghamshire Volunteer Gliding Squadrons (air cadets).
RAF Tain Ross & Cromarty Bombing range.
RAF Topcliffe North Yorkshire Relief landing ground.
RAF Trimingham Norfolk Remote station of Neatishead.
RAF Valley Isle of Anglesey Incorporates Anglesey Airport. Fast jet training on Hawks (4 FTS) and 202 Sqn HQ (Sea King).
RAF Waddington Lincolnshire Home to all E-3 Sentry, Sentinel R-1, MQ9-Reaper and RC-135 Air Seeker aircraft.
RAF Weston-on-the-Green Oxfordshire Used as a drop zone for parachute training.
RAF Wittering Cambridgeshire Various ground units. (Formerly Harriers.)
RAF Woodvale Merseyside Training station.
RAF Wyton Cambridgeshire Hq Joint Force Intell Grp.
RRH Benbecula Inverness-shire Formerly RAF Benbecula
RRH Buchan Aberdeenshire Formerly RAF Buchan
RRH Neatishead Norfolk Formerly RAF Neatishead
RRH Staxton Wold North Yorkshire Formerly RAF Staxton Wold
Defence CBRN Centre, Winterbourne Gunner Wiltshire Managed by RAF Strike Command, formerly the Defence NBC Centre.

RAF Stations occupied by the United States Air Force[edit]

Station County Notes
RAF Alconbury Cambridgeshire Occupied by the United States Air Force as an accommodation unit for personnel at RAF Molesworth.
RAF Barford St John Oxfordshire Occupied by the United States Air Force as a communications station.
RAF Croughton Northamptonshire Occupied by the United States Air Force as a communications station.
RAF Fairford Gloucestershire Occupied by the United States Air Force.
RAF Feltwell Norfolk United States Air Force support use.
RAF Lakenheath Suffolk Occupied by the United States Air Force.
RAF Menwith Hill North Yorkshire Joint UK/US intelligence and communication site.
RAF Mildenhall Suffolk Occupied by the United States Air Force.
RAF Molesworth Cambridgeshire Occupied by the United States Air Force.
RAF Welford Berkshire Occupied by the United States Air Force.

RAF Stations Overseas[edit]

Station Country Notes
RAF Ascension Island  Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Joint RAF/USAF/NASA airfield/ comms/ satellite tracking station
RAF Tongeren  Belgium NATO International support unit
RAF Akrotiri  Akrotiri and Dhekelia Within the Sovereign Base Areas
RAF Al Udeid  Qatar HQ of RAF No. 83 Expeditionary Air Group in the Middle East
RAF Troodos  Cyprus In the Troodos Mountains, outside the Sovereign Base Areas
RAF Mount Alice  Falkland Islands Radar station
RAF Mount Byron  Falkland Islands Radar station
RAF Mount Pleasant  Falkland Islands
RAF Gibraltar  Gibraltar Occupies same site as Gibraltar Airport

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1980. ISBN 0-85130-083-9.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1981-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, C.G, MBE,BA ,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Rawlings, John. Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's Publishers Ltd., 1969 (second edition 1976). ISBN 0-354-01028-X.

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