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]

StationCountyNotes
RAF Barkston HeathLincolnshireHome to Defence Elementary Flying Training School (DEFTS).
RAF BensonOxfordshire28 and 78 Squadrons (Merlin HC3) and 33 and 230 Squadrons (Puma).
RAF BoulmerNorthumberlandAir Surveillance and Control Systems Force Command and 202 Squadron ('A' Flight with Sea King's).
Brampton Camp RAF WytonCambridgeshireFormerly part of the combined RAF Brampton Wyton Henlow which has now been disbanded.
RAF Brize NortonOxfordshireHome to all fixed wing transport aircraft (C-17, C-130, Voyager and TriStar).
RAF ConingsbyLincolnshire3, 11, 29(R) Squadrons (Eurofighter Typhoon) and 41 (R) (Test and Evaluation Squadron) (Tornado GR4).
RAF CosfordShropshireFormerly DCAE Cosford and also home to Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.
RAF CranwellLincolnshireHome to RAF College Cranwell, HQ Air Cadets and Officers and Aircrew Selection Centre'.
RAF DigbyLincolnshireTri - service command establishment (and also US tri-service presence) (Originally named RAF Scopwick).
RAF Donna NookLincolnshireBombing range.
RAF FylingdalesNorth YorkshireRadar and BMEWS Base.
RAF HaltonBuckinghamshireCentre for recruit training and airmen's development training.
RAF HenlowBedfordshireLog & Pers supporting base
RAF High WycombeBuckinghamshireHQ Air Command.
RAF HolbeachLincolnshireBombing range.
RAF HoningtonSuffolkUsed predominantly by the RAF Regiment.
RAF Kirton in LindseyLincolnshireAccommodation unit for RAF Scampton personnel
RAF LeemingNorth Yorkshire100 Squadron (Hawk T1) 90 Signals Unit.
RAF LeucharsFifeScheduled for closure in 2014.
RAF Linton-on-OuseNorth YorkshireFlying training centre.
RAF LossiemouthMorayXV Squadron (Tornado GR4.) 1 and 6 Squadrons ( Eurofighter Typhoon)
RAF MarhamNorfolk2, 9 and 31 Squadrons (Tornado GR4).
RAF MonaIsle of AngleseyRelief landing ground.
RAF NortholtLondonHome of The Royal Squadron and the home of No. 63 (Field) Squadron The Queen's Colour Squadron of The RAF Regiment.
RAF OdihamHampshire7, 18 and 27 Squadrons (Chinook HC2) and Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing.
RAF Pembrey Sands Air Weapons RangeCarmarthenshireBombing range.
RAF ScamptonLincolnshireCurrently home to the Red Arrows, Number 1 Air Control Centre and the 'RAF Mobile Meteorological Unit'.
RAF ShawburyShropshireDefence Helicopter Flying School.
RAF SpadeadamCumbriaRAF and NATO Electronic warfare range.
RAF St MawganCornwallHome to the Defence Survival Training Organisation.
RAF SyerstonNottinghamshireVolunteer Gliding Squadrons (air cadets).
RAF TainRoss & CromartyBombing range.
RAF TopcliffeNorth YorkshireRelief landing ground.
RAF TriminghamNorfolkRemote station of Neatishead.
RAF ValleyIsle of AngleseyIncorporates Anglesey Airport. Fast jet training on Hawks and 202 Sqn HQ (Sea King).
RAF WaddingtonLincolnshireHome to all E-3 Sentry, Sentinel R-1, MQ9-Reaper and RC-135 Air Seeker aircraft.
RAF Weston-on-the-GreenOxfordshireUsed as a drop zone for parachute training.
RAF WitteringCambridgeshireVarious ground units. (Formerly Harriers.)
RAF WoodvaleMerseysideTraining station.
RAF WytonCambridgeshireHq Joint Force Intell Grp.
RRH BenbeculaInverness-shireFormerly RAF Benbecula
RRH BuchanAberdeenshireFormerly RAF Buchan
RRH NeatisheadNorfolkFormerly RAF Neatishead
RRH Staxton WoldNorth YorkshireFormerly RAF Staxton Wold
Defence CBRN Centre, Winterbourne GunnerWiltshireManaged by RAF Strike Command, formerly the Defence NBC Centre.
Defence School of Transport (Normandy Barracks)East Riding of YorkshireFormerly RAF Leconfield
Northwood HeadquartersHertfordshireTri-service and NATO Command Headquarters.

RAF Stations occupied by the United States Air Force[edit]

StationCountyNotes
RAF AlconburyCambridgeshireOccupied by the United States Air Force as an accommodation unit for personnel at RAF Molesworth.
RAF Barford St JohnOxfordshireOccupied by the United States Air Force as a communications station.
RAF CroughtonNorthamptonshireOccupied by the United States Air Force as a communications station.
RAF FairfordGloucestershireOccupied by the United States Air Force.
RAF FeltwellNorfolkUnited States Air Force support use.
RAF LakenheathSuffolkOccupied by the United States Air Force.
RAF Menwith HillNorth YorkshireJoint UK/US intelligence and communication site.
RAF MildenhallSuffolkOccupied by the United States Air Force.
RAF MolesworthCambridgeshireOccupied by the United States Air Force.
RAF WelfordBerkshireOccupied by the United States Air Force.

RAF Stations Overseas[edit]

StationCountryNotes
RAF Ascension Island Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaJoint RAF/USAF/NASA airfield/ comms/ satellite tracking station
RAF Tongeren BelgiumNATO International support unit
RAF Akrotiri Akrotiri and DhekeliaWithin the Sovereign Base Areas
RAF Troodos CyprusIn the Troodos Mountains, outside the Sovereign Base Areas
RAF Mount Alice Falkland IslandsRadar station
RAF Mount Byron Falkland IslandsRadar station
RAF Mount Pleasant Falkland Islands
RAF Gibraltar GibraltarOccupies same site as Gibraltar Airport

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

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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