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 Kings).
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, 2 and 6 Squadrons (Eurofighter Typhoon)
RAF Marham Norfolk 9, 12 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 HC2/2a/3/4/6) 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 dropzone for parachute training.
RAF Wittering Cambridgeshire Various ground units. (Formerly Harriers.)
RAF Woodvale Merseyside Training station.
RAF Wyton Cambridgeshire HQ Joint Force Intelligence Grp.
RRH Benbecula Outer Hebrides 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 operated by the United States Air Force[edit]

Station County Notes
RAF Alconbury Cambridgeshire Accommodation unit for personnel at RAF Molesworth operated by the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force. Withdraw announced in 2015.
RAF Barford St John Oxfordshire Communications station operated by the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force.
RAF Croughton Northamptonshire Communications station operated by the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force.
RAF Fairford Gloucestershire Standby airfield operated by the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force.
RAF Feltwell Norfolk Accommodation and support unit for personnel at RAF Lakenheath operated by the United States Air Force.
RAF Lakenheath Suffolk Airbase operated by the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force.
RAF Menwith Hill North Yorkshire Joint UK–US intelligence and communications site.
RAF Mildenhall Suffolk Airbase operated by the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force. Withdraw announced in 2015.
RAF Molesworth Cambridgeshire Intelligence analysis centre operated by the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force. Withdraw announced in 2015.
RAF Welford Berkshire Ammunition compound operated by the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force.

RAF stations overseas[edit]

Station Country Notes
RAF Ascension Island  Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Airbase and joint RAF–USAFNASA communications and satellite tracking station.
RAF Tongeren  Belgium NATO international support unit.
RAF Akrotiri Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia Airbase.
RAF Al Udeid  Qatar Airbase, hosts RAF No. 83 Expeditionary Air Group headquarters in the Middle East.
RAF Troodos  Cyprus Signals station 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 Airbase.
RAF Gibraltar  Gibraltar Airbase, airfield shared with Gibraltar Airport.

In 2013 the Royal Air Force established an air transport and refuelling hub in the United Arab Emirates.[1][2][3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "A Return to East of Suez? UK Military Deployment to the Gulf". Royal United Services Institute. April 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "East of Suez, West from Helmand: British Expeditionary Force and the next SDSR" (PDF). Oxford Research Group. December 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Gardner, Frank 'East of Suez': Are UK forces returning? BBC News 29 April 2013

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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