List of Royal Air Force stations

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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 Constituent
country
County Notes
RAF Barkston Heath England Lincolnshire Home to Elements of No 3 Flying Training School (3 FTS) .
RAF Benson England Oxfordshire 28 Squadron (Puma and Chinook), 33 and 230 Squadrons (Puma).
RAF Boulmer England Northumberland Air Surveillance and Control Systems Force Command.
RAF Brize Norton England Oxfordshire Home to all fixed-wing transport aircraft (C-17, C-130, Voyager and the new A400M Atlas).
RAF Coningsby England Lincolnshire 3, 11, 29(R) Squadrons (Eurofighter Typhoon) and 41 (R) (Test and Evaluation Squadron) (Eurofighter Typhoon and Tornado GR4).
RAF Cosford England Shropshire Formerly DCAE Cosford and also home to Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.
RAF Cranwell England Lincolnshire Home to RAF College Cranwell, HQ Air Cadets and Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre.
RAF Digby England Lincolnshire Tri-service command establishment (and also US tri-service presence) (Originally named RAF Scopwick).
RAF Donna Nook England Lincolnshire Bombing range.
RAF Fylingdales England North Yorkshire Radar and BMEWS base.
RAF Halton England Buckinghamshire Centre for recruit training and airmen's development training.
RAF Henlow England Bedfordshire Log & Pers supporting base
RAF High Wycombe England Buckinghamshire HQ Air Command.
RAF Holbeach England Lincolnshire Bombing range.
RAF Honington England Suffolk Used predominantly by the RAF Regiment and RAF Police.
RAF Keevil England Wiltshire Training airfield controlled by RAF Brize Norton.
RAF Kinloss Scotland Moray Diversion Airfield
RAF Kirton in Lindsey England Lincolnshire Accommodation unit for RAF Scampton personnel
RAF Leeming England North Yorkshire 100 Squadron (Hawk T1) 90 Signals Unit.
RAF Leuchars Scotland Fife Diversion Airfield & Radar Platform
RAF Linton-on-Ouse England North Yorkshire No 1 Flying Training School (1 FTS)
RAF Little Rissington England Gloucestershire 637 Volunteer Gliding School & RIAT Cadet Det Storage Hub
RAF Lossiemouth Scotland Moray 1, 2 and 6 Squadrons (Eurofighter Typhoon)
RAF Marham England Norfolk 9, 12 and 31 Squadrons (Tornado GR4).
RAF Mona Wales Isle of Anglesey Relief landing ground.
RAF Northolt England 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 England Hampshire 7, 18 and 27 Squadrons (Chinook HC2/2a/3/4/6) and Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing.
RAF Pembrey Sands Air Weapons Range Wales Carmarthenshire Bombing range.
RAF Scampton England Lincolnshire Currently home to the Red Arrows, Number 1 Air Control Centre and the 'RAF Mobile Meteorological Unit'.
RAF Shawbury England Shropshire Defence Helicopter Flying School.
RAF Spadeadam England Cumbria RAF and NATO electronic warfare range.
RAF St Mawgan England Cornwall Home to the Defence Survival Training Organisation.
RAF Syerston England Nottinghamshire 3 FTS HQ Volunteer Gliding Squadrons (Air Cadets).
RAF Tain Scotland Ross & Cromarty Bombing range.
RAF Topcliffe England North Yorkshire Relief landing ground.
RAF Trimingham England Norfolk Remote station of Neatishead.
RAF Valley Wales Isle of Anglesey Incorporates Anglesey Airport. Fast jet training on Hawks (4 FTS)
RAF Waddington England Lincolnshire Home to all E-3 Sentry, Sentinel R-1, MQ9-Reaper and RC-135 Air Seeker aircraft.
RAF Weston-on-the-Green England Oxfordshire Used as a dropzone for parachute training.
RAF Wittering England Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire RAF A4 Force Elements, elements of 3 FTS and 6 FTS, and various ground units. (Formerly Harriers.)
RAF Woodvale England Merseyside Training station.
RAF Wyton England Cambridgeshire HQ Joint Force Intelligence Grp.
RAF (Unit) Swanwick England Hampshire Military element of London Area Control Centre
RRH Benbecula Scotland Outer Hebrides Formerly RAF Benbecula
RRH Buchan Scotland Aberdeenshire Formerly RAF Buchan
RRH Neatishead England Norfolk Formerly RAF Neatishead
RRH Staxton Wold England North Yorkshire Formerly RAF Staxton Wold
Defence CBRN Centre, Winterbourne Gunner England Wiltshire Managed by RAF Air 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. Withdrawal 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 Airfield 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 Airfield operated by the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force. Withdrawal announced in 2015.
RAF Molesworth Cambridgeshire Intelligence analysis centre operated by the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force. Withdrawal 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 Airfield 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 Airfield.
RAF Al Udeid  Qatar Airfield, hosts RAF No. 83 Expeditionary Air Group headquarters in the Middle East.
Al Minhad Air Base  United Arab Emirates In 2013 the Royal Air Force established an air transport and refuelling hub in the United Arab Emirates.[1][2][3]
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 Airfield.
RAF Gibraltar  Gibraltar Airfield, which is shared with Gibraltar Airport.

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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