Cambridge University Air Squadron

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Cambridge University Air Squadron RAF
Active 1 Oct 1925-present
Role Training, Recruitment
Garrison/HQ RAF Wittering/Cambridge Town HQ
Motto(s) 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 15 University Air Squadrons in the UK. For many years it was based at Cambridge Airport at Teversham.

Present day[edit]

Cambridge UAS Bulldog T.1 at the unit's 1984 Summer Camp

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.

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 Wittering a station which they share with the University of London Air Squadron, and is equipped with Grob Tutor T Mk 1s.[1] Each officer cadet is offered a Summer Vacation Attachment of one week at another RAF base, seconded to an active regular unit.[2]

Commanding officers (incomplete)[edit]

  • 1934-1937 Squadron Leader John Stanley Chick
  • 1980-1983 Squadron Leader Brian Burridge
  • 1977-1980 Squadron Leader John Kennedy
  • 1974-1977 Squadron Leader John Nutkins
  • 2009-2011 Squadron Leader Simon Means
  • 2011–2014 Squadron Leader Charles Kane
  • 2014 – present Squadron Leader Kellett

Notable members[edit]


  1. ^ Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation : RAF Volunteer Reserve Units Archived 28 May 2009 at WebCite at
  2. ^ Official RAF webpage. "Cambridge University Air Squadron".  External link in |work= (help);