No. 1 Flying Training School RAF
|No. 1 Flying Training School RAF|
|Active||23 December 1919 – 1 February 1931|
1 April 1935 – 7 March 1942
18 June 1947 – 25 February 1948
1 December 1950 – 20 April 1955
1 May 1955 – present
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Type||Flying training school|
|Role||Basic fast-jet training|
|Part of||No. 22 (Training) Group – Directorate of Flying Training|
|Home station||RAF Linton-on-Ouse|
|Motto(s)||Terra Marique ad Caelum|
(Latin for By Land and Sea to the Sky)
|Aircraft||Short Tucano T1|
On 23 December 1919, 1 FTS was officially formed by renaming the Netheravon Flying School, which had been formed on 29 July 1919 at Netheravon in Wiltshire, England, out of the 2nd incarnation of No. 8 Training Squadron, which in its turn had been formed on 15 May 1919 out of No. 8 Training Depot Station, all at Netheravon. During this part of its service life, 1 FTS and its predecessors flew aircraft such as the Airco DH.9A, the Avro 504, the Bristol F.2 Fighter, and the Sopwith Snipe.
The second incarnation of 1 FTS occurred at RAF Leuchars on 1 April 1935, tasked with training Royal Navy officers for the Fleet Air Arm. On 26 August 1938, the unit returned to its birthplace at RAF Netheravon, and on 1 September 1939 it was renamed No. 1 Service Flying Training School. It disbanded on 7 March 1942, when Netheravon was required for Army Cooperation Command use. Aircraft flown in this period included the Fairey IIIF, Hawker Hart, Westland Wapiti, Hawker Hind, Hawker Audax, de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth, North American Harvard, Fairey Battle and Miles Master.
After the Second World War, 1 FTS was briefly reconstituted by the renaming of No. 17 Service Flying Training School RAF (17 SFTS) on 18 June 1947 at RAF Spitalgate. The school had RLGs (Relief Landing Ground) at RAF Folkingham between 28 July 1947 and August 1947, and at RAF Bottesford after that; it was disbanded again on 25 February 1948. Aircraft flown in this period were the de Havilland Tiger Moth and the North American Harvard.
RAF Oakington saw the fifth incarnation of 1 FTS, when it was reformed once again on 1 December 1950 with the North American Harvard T.2B. On 31 October 1951 the school had completely moved to RAF Moreton-in-Marsh and had been given Percival Prentice T.1s, but disbanded again on 20 April 1955.
On 1 May 1955 No. 22 Flying Training School RAF (22 FTS) at RAF Syerston was renamed to 1 FTS. It flew the Percival Provost T.1, de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 and de Havilland Vampire T.11, moving to RAF Linton-on-Ouse on 18 November 1957. Initially equipped with Vampire T.11 and Provost trainers, 1 FTS re-equipped with the BAC Jet Provost T.3 from 1961. The unit's tie to the Jet Provost continued with the Jet Provost T.4 and the pressurised Jet Provost T.5, until 1989 with the introduction of the Shorts Tucano T.1.
From 1 April 1995, 1 FTS absorbed the Central Flying School (CFS) and No. 6 Flying Training School RAF (6 FTS) Tucano elements, including No. 72 (Reserve) Squadron RAF (72 Sqn) and No. 207 (Reserve) Squadron RAF (207 Sqn).
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- Sturtivant and Hamlin 2007, p. 193.
- Sturtivant and Hamlin 2007, p. 276.
- "Tucanos fly over York Minster to mark 90th anniversary of No 1 Flying Training School based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse". York Press. Newsquest Media Group. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to No. 1 Flying Training School.|
- Air of Authority - RAF Flying Training Schools at the Wayback Machine (archived 25 November 2012)
- A former 1 FTS Jet Provost T3 is on display, in 1 FTS colours, in a Yorkshire pub beer garden (BBC News, 10 August 2018). See BAC Jet Provost#Aircraft on display.