|Near Bicester, Oxfordshire in England|
Shown within Oxfordshire
|Type||Royal Air Force station|
|Owner||Ministry of Defence|
|Operator||Royal Air Force|
|Elevation||86 metres (282 ft) AMSL|
RAF Weston-on-the-Green is a former Royal Flying Corps station that was redeveloped after the Great War period. Much demolition took place (including the original 1916/1917 hangars). The former RFC Officers and Sergeant's messes are located on the opposite side of the road, and are now in commercial use. The station is located near the village of Weston-on-the-Green in Oxfordshire, England.
RAF Weston-on-the-Green is one of the few remaining active RAF bases with some original pre-RAF buildings.
The airfield was used for the launch of the first modern hot air balloon in the UK in 1967, called the Bristol Belle.
The station comes under the control of the nearby RAF Brize Norton, home of No.1 Parachute Training School RAF. The grass airfield at Weston is used regularly as a drop zone for military static line and freefall parachute training for the UK military, using C-130 Hercules aircraft based at RAF Brize Norton. No military aircraft are based at RAF Weston-on-the-Green and the airfield is manned only part-time by RAF personnel.
Sport skydiving also takes place at RAF Weston-on-the-Green under the auspices of the Royal Air Force Sports Parachute Association using civilian aircraft based on the airfield.
There was, until 2011, a commercial parachute club, Skydive Weston, based at the field. However that was forced to move its base of operations away from Weston by MoD cuts. Some of the original buildings still stand, and the Skyvan aircraft originally used is now used during weekdays.
Oxford Gliding Club
Among the various organisations that use the airfield, Oxford Gliding Club use it now. They operate on the weekends with various club gliders, and about 30 private gliders. The club owns 2 Schleicher ASK 13s, 2 K 8s, one Grob Astir, one DG-505 and a Slingsby T.21. The club uses the hangar in the northern side of the airfield, however the launch point varies according to the wind. The club celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012. It is one of the oldest clubs in the country.
Current aircraft based at WOTG
|Aircraft type||Use/organization||Call sign|
|Shorts Skyvan||RAF parachutists||G-PIGY|
|DG-505||Oxford Gliding Club||G-DJSX|
|Grob Astir||Oxford Gliding Club||G-DDMH G-DDKR|
|Schleicher ASK 13||Oxford Gliding Club||G-DCCE, G-DCGO|
|K 8||Oxford Gliding Club||G-DCYZ, GDHFW|
|Slingsby T.21||Oxford Gliding Club||WJ306|
RAF units and aircraft
|No. 2 Squadron RAF||1919–1920||Armstrong Whitworth FK.8|||
|No. 18 Squadron RAF||1919||None||Cadre only.|
|No. 90 Squadron RAF||1939||Bristol Blenheim||I|||
|No. 20 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit RAF||1943–1945||Based at RAF Kidlington used Weston-on-the-Green as a Relief Landing Ground|
|No. 15 Flying Training School RAF||1940–1941||Based at RAF Kidlington used Weston-on-the-Green as a Relief Landing Ground|
|No. 130 Gliding School RAF||1951–1955||Slingsby Cadet||I, II and TX3|
|No. 13 Operational Training Unit RAF||1940||Bristol Blenheim||Based at RAF Bicester used Weston-on-the-Green as a Relief Landing Ground|
|No. 28 Training Depot Station RAF||1918–1919|
- Sturtivant 2007, p. 00.
- Jefford 1988, p. 23.
- Jefford 1988, p. 30.
- Jefford 1988, p. 51.
- 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.
- Sturtivant, R. RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912. Air Britain, 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.