RAF Flying Training Command
|Flying Training Command|
|Founded||27 May 1940|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Headquarters||Shinfield Park, Reading|
|Motto(s)||Per Laborem ad Summa
Latin: Through toil to Supremacy
|Engagements||World War II|
Flying Training Command was an organization within the Royal Air Force which controlled units responsible for delivering flying training. The command's headquarters were at Shinfield Park, Reading in Berkshire.
Flying Training Command was formed from the elements of Training Command which were responsible for flying training on 27 May 1940; Reserve Command, formed 1 February 1939, was absorbed into Flying Training Command on the same date. The remainder of Training Command became Technical Training Command on the same date. No. 21 Group RAF was transferred to Flying Training Command on 27 May 1940, responsible for the RAF College and the Service Flight Training Schools from the Midlands northwards. Nos 50, 51, and 54 Groups were flying training organisations transferred from Reserve Command to Flying Training Command when it was formed. Flying Training Command was eventually re-absorbed into the newly re-established Training Command on 1 June 1968.
No. 23 Group RAF was reformed as No 23 (Training) Group in Inland Area on 12 Apr 1926 by re-numbering No. 3 Group RAF. It was transferred to RAF Training Command on 1 May 1936. It was then transferred again to Flying Training Command on 27 May 1940. It was reabsorbed into Training Command in 1968 and disbanded on 2 May 1975.
After Flying Training Command left, the Meteorological Office College relocated from Stanmore, Middlesex in October 1971. In 2004 both the College and the Met. Office HQ in Bracknell relocated to Exeter, Devon. The site has since been developed into residential accommodation, although The Lodge, the centrepiece of Shinfield Park and a Georgian listed building, remains and is waiting redevelopment.
Air Officers Commanding-in-Chief
Air Officers Commanding-in-Chief were:
- 27 May 1940 Air Marshal Sir Lawrence Pattinson
- 7 Jul 1941 Air Marshal Sir William Welsh
- 17 Aug 1942 Air Marshal Sir Philip Babington
- 6 Oct 1945 Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham
- 15 Oct 1947 Air Chief Marshal Sir Ralph Cochrane
- 1 Mar 1950 Air Marshal Sir Hugh Walmsley
- 1 Aug 1952 Air Marshal Sir Lawrence Pendred
- 20 Dec 1955 Air Marshal Sir Richard Atcherley
- 1 Mar 1959 Air Marshal Sir Hugh Constantine
- 24 Sep 1961 Air Marshal Sir Augustus Walker
- 26 Jun 1964 Air Marshal Sir Patrick Dunn
- 1 Oct 1966 Air Marshal Sir John Davis
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