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Aircraft Order of Battle





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On this page you can find the aircraft order of battle of the Royal Air Force. Also we present links to the Multimap Map and Aerial Photo services: with each airbase you can find a link to a map of the airbases' neighbourhood.

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Airbases UK

RAF Kinloss (EGQK)
Rwy: 08/26
Pos: 57° 38' 57.79" N 003° 33' 38.29" W
Elev: 22 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
42(R)sq Nimrod MR2 last two
120sq Nimrod MR2 last two
201sq Nimrod MR2 last two
Guernsey's Own
206sq Nimrod MR2 last two
Click here for the RAF glider unit at Kinloss.




The entire RAF Nimrod fleet is located at RAF Kinloss in Scotland with the exception of three Nimrod R3 aircraft which are allocated to No. 51sq at RAF Waddington. Currently an upgrade programme is underway for this plane in which all remaining MR2 aircraft will be converted to MRA4 standard.
XV254 in AARA (Air-to-Air Refuelling Area) 5, 11 October 2000. Photo: Chris Lofting


RAF Lossiemouth (EGQS)
Rwy: 05/23, 10/28
Pos: 57° 42' 18.77" N 003° 20' 21.01" W
Elev: 42 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
12sq Tornado GR4 two letters
14sq Tornado GR4 two letters
15(R)sq Tornado GR1
Tornado GR4
two letters
617sq Tornado GR4 two letters
Dambusters
202sq / D Flt Sea King HAR3 -




A very nice air-to-air picture showing Tornado bombers from three different squadrons. First there is Tornado GR1B, ZA471/AJ-K from No. 617sq. The aircraft in the middle of the formation is operated by No. 12sq, and the third aircraft is operated by No. 9sq. By mid 2002 all RAF Tornado GR1, GR1A and GR1B aircraft were replaced by the modified GR4 and GR4A version.
Area AARA 6, 07 July 1999. Photo: Chris Lofting


RAF Leuchars (EGQL)
Rwy: 04/22, 09/27
Pos: 56° 22' 22.40" N 002° 52' 06.40" W
Elev: 38 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
43sq Tornado F3 two letters
The Fighting Cocks
111sq Tornado F3 two letters
Treble One
Aberdeen, Dundee & St.Andrews UAS / 12AEF Tutor T1 -
East Lowlands UAS Tutor T1 -
Click here for the AAC units at Leuchars.


RAF Boulmer (EGQM)
Rwy: ??
Pos: 55° 24' N 001° 37' W
Elev: ?? ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
202sq / A Flt. Sea King HAR3 -




RAF SAR aircrew is trained by SARTU at RAF Valley first to learn the specifics of the trade. Once this training has been completed they move on to No. 203(R)sq at RAF St.Mawgan where they will learn to fly and operate the Sea King HAR3(A). And finally they will be allocated to either No. 22sq or No. 202sq, which both operate various detachments throughout the United Kingdom.
Photo: Paul Sliwinski


Glasgow - Abbotsinch (EGPF)
Rwy: 05/23, 10/28
Pos: 55° 52' 19.00" N 004° 26' 00.00" W
Elev: 26 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
Glasgow & Strathclyde UAS Tutor T1 -


RAF Aldergrove (EGAA)
Rwy: 07/25, 17/35
Pos: 54° 39' 27.00" N 006° 12' 57.00" W
Elev: 268 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
230sq Puma HC1 -
No. 72sq, which was based here flying Puma and Wessex helicopters, was disbanded March 2002.
No. 230sq forms part of the JHC. Click here for more info about this command.
Click here for the AAC units at Aldergrove.


RAF Valley (EGOV)
Rwy: 01/19, 08/26, 14/32
Pos: 53° 14' 53.15" N 004° 32' 07.22" W
Elev: 37 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
4FTS / 19(R)sq Hawk T1
Hawk T1A
Hawk T1W
last three
4FTS / 208(R)sq Hawk T1
Hawk T1A
Hawk T1W
last three
22sq / C Flt. Sea King HAR3A -
SARTU Griffin HT1 A to Z
SARTU forms part of the DHFS. Click here for more info about this school.




The RAF operates with three versions of the BAe Hawk jettrainer. First there is the basic Hawk T1 (originally all aircraft were delivered in this standard during the late seventies and early eighties). After a modification programme in the middle of the 1980s several aircraft were modified to T1A or T1W standard. The T1A is combat capable with an external gun pod under the belly and sidewinder missiles underneath the wings, the T1W standard is only modified partially and is not combat capable. The bulk of the RAF Hawk fleet is allocated to No. 4FTS at RAF Valley of which an example is shown here in 208(R)sq markings.
Photo: Maurice Hendriks, http://www.afterburner.nl


RAF Woodvale (EGOW)
Rwy: 04/22, 09/27
Pos: 53° 34' 53.67" N 003° 03' 19.88" W
Elev: 37 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
Liverpool UAS Tutor T1 -
Manchester & Salford UAS / 10AEF Tutor T1 -


RAF Leeming (EGXE)
Rwy: 16/34
Pos: 54° 17' 32.43" N 001° 32' 06.69" W
Elev: 132 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
11sq Tornado F3 two letters
25sq Tornado F3 two letters
100sq Hawk T1
Hawk T1A
Hawk T1W
CA to CZ
Hornets
JFACTSU Hawk T1
Hawk T1A
Hawk T1W
CA to CZ
Northumbrian UAS / 11AEF Tutor T1 -
JFACTSU uses Hawks on loan from 100sq.




The Tutor T1 replaced the Bulldog T1 with the RAF Air Experience Flights and University Air Squadrons. For many spotters the main difference will be that the Bulldog fleet was military registered while the Tutor fleet is registered into the civilian register! In total 15 University Air Squadrons operate with this new aircraft and 10 of them have an Air Experience Flight co-located.
Leeming, Photo: Chris Chambers, http://www.warplane.co.uk


RAF Topcliffe (EGXZ)
Rwy: 03/21, 13/31
Pos: 54° 12' 20" N 001° 22' 56" W
Elev: 92 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
Tucano Air Nav Sq Tucano T1 last three


RAF Linton-on-Ouse (EGXU)
Rwy: 04/22, 10/28
Pos: 54° 02' 58" N 001° 15' 07" W
Elev: 53 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
1FTS Tucano T1 last three
CFS Tucano Sq Tucano T1 last three
Click here for the RAF glider unit at Linton-on-Ouse.


RAF Church Fenton (EGXG)
Rwy: 06/24, 16/34
Pos: 53° 50' 04" N 001° 11' 44" W
Elev: 29 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
Yorkshire UAS / 9AEF Tutor T1 -
Click here for the JEFTS unit at Church Fenton.


RAF Leconfield (EGXV)
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 53° 53' N 000° 26' W
Elev: 29 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
202sq / E Flt. Sea King HAR3 -


RAF Scampton (EGXP)
Rwy: 05/23
Pos: 53° 18' N 000° 33' W
Elev: 200 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
Red Arrows Hawk T1
Hawk T1A
Hawk T1W
-
ICAO code EGXP is no longer valid. Scampton now only has IATA indicator 'SQZ'.




The British Airborne Early Warning (AEW) squadron (No. 8sq at RAF Lossiemouth) used to be equipped with the venerable Shackleton AEW2. The design of the Shackleton was based on that of the World War II bomber Avro Lancaster so by the 1970s it was considered hopelessly outdated. A very expensive design programme was created with the goal to build a new AEW platform based on the Nimrod. This programme was cancelled during the early 1980s after huge costs. Next the RAF started to look at an off the shelf solution which was found in the E-3D Sentry. These were finally ordered and delivered during the late 1980s. It was only by than that the Shackleton was finally retired from service!
Photo: Frank Noort


RAF Waddington (EGXW)
Rwy: 03/21
Pos: 53° 09' 58.20" N 000° 31' 25.72" W
Elev: 231 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
8sq Sentry AEW1 last two
The Red Eagles
23sq Sentry AEW1 last two
51sq Nimrod R1 -


RAF Cranwell (EGYD)
Rwy: 01/19, 09/27
Pos: 53° 01' 50" N 000° 28' 52" W
Elev: 218 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
3FTS / 45(R)sq Jetstream T1 A to Z
3FTS / 55(R)sq Dominie T1 A to Z
3FTS / CFS Tutor Flt Tutor T1 -
RAFC Air Sq Tutor T1
T-67M Firefly
-
East Midlands UAS / 7AEF Tutor T1 -
AMIF Jaguar GR1
Jaguar T2
-
Click here for the JEFTS unit at Cranwell.




RAF Cranwell is the home of the famous Royal Air Force College, but also of No. 3FTS. Future multi-engine aircraft crews and all navigators are trained by this school. One of the types used for that purpose is the Jetstream. This type is operated by No. 45(R)sq of which an example is shown above. The squadron markings can be found just below the cockpit windows (badge) and on the fin tip (black with red diamonds).
Cranwell, December 2001, Photo: Chris Chambers, http://www.warplane.co.uk


RAF Coningsby (EGXC)
Rwy: 08/26
Pos: 53° 05' 34.85" N 000° 09' 57.65" W
Elev: 25 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
56(R)sq Tornado F3 two letters
Firebirds
F3OEU Tornado F3 -
BoBMF Chipmunk T10
Dakota C3
Hurricane IIc
Lancaster B1
Spitfire (various models)
various
No. 5sq was disbanded during October 2002, but will be re-established in a couple of years, then flying the ASTOR from Waddington.




Illustrating the new individual aircraft codes ZE785/YC of F3OEU can be seen here landing at RAF Coningsby. F3OEU used to operate a fleet of four uncoded Tornado F3 jets. The unit's role is to develop new air defence tactics for the RAF Tornado F3 fleet.
03 October 2001. Photo: Chris Lofting


RAF Cottesmore (EGXJ)
Rwy: 05/23
Pos: 52° 44' 08.56" N 000° 38' 55.57" W
Elev: 461 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
1sq Harrier GR7
Harrier T10
last 2 c/n
3sq Harrier GR7
Harrier T10
last 2 c/n
4sq Harrier GR7
Harrier T10
last 2 c/n
All Harrier units form part of the JFH. Click here for more info about this command.


St.George's Barracks, North Luffenham
Rwy: ??
Pos: 52° 38' N 000° 37' W
Elev: ?? ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
EODU various -


RAF Wittering (EGXT)
Rwy: 08/26
Pos: 52° 36' 45.22" N 000° 28' 35.81" W
Elev: 273 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
20(R)sq Harrier GR7
Harrier T10
last 2 c/n
All Harrier units form part of the JFH. Click here for more info about this command.


RAF Wyton (EGUY)
Rwy: 09/27
Pos: 52° 21' 26" N 000° 06' 28" W
Elev: 135 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
Cambridge UAS / 5AEF Tutor T1 -
London UAS Tutor T1 -




Still going strong! Even though only a handful of the hundreds Canberra jets built are still in use they are still doing a great job in strategic aerial reconnaissance and the RAF has no plans to replace them in the upcoming years. No. 39(1PRU)sq is the sole squadron still equipped with the Canberra PR9 (and a single T4 for conversion training). The unit is located at RAF Marham where both RAF tactical reconnaissance squadrons are also based (No. 2sq and No. 13sq).
RAF Fairford, 25 July 1998, Photo: Ron Kellenaers, http://www.go.to/militaryaircraft


RAF Marham (EGYM)
Rwy: 01/19, 06/24
Pos: 52° 38' 54.28" N 000° 33' 01.58" E
Elev: 75 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
2sq Tornado GR4A two letters
Shiny Two
9sq Tornado GR4 two letters
13sq Tornado GR4A two letters
Scudhunters
31sq Tornado GR4 two letters
39(1PRU)sq Canberra T4
Canberra PR9
AA to AZ
TTS Tornado F2 -




No. 9sq Tornado GR4, ZD715/AM can be seen here in Air-to-Air Refuelling Area 6. Since the closure of RAF Brüggen in Germany the entire RAF Tornado GR4(A) fleet is located at two bases in the United Kingdom. This are RAF Marham and RAF Lossiemouth, each base houses four squadrons.
AARA 6, 01 November 2001, Photo: Chris Lofting


RAF Coltishall (EGYC)
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 52° 45' 17.70" N 001° 21' 26.44" E
Elev: 66 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
6sq Jaguar GR3
Jaguar GR3A
Jaguar T4
EA to EZ
Flying Can Openers
16(R)sq Jaguar GR3
Jaguar GR3A
Jaguar T4
PA to PZ
The Saints
41sq Jaguar GR3
Jaguar GR3A
Jaguar T4
FA to FZ
54sq Jaguar GR3
Jaguar GR3A
Jaguar T4
GA to GZ
No. 16sq is the Jaguar OCU.


Wattisham (EGUW)
Rwy: 05/23
Pos: 52° 07' 38.29" N 000° 57' 21.35" E
Elev: 284 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
22sq / B Flt. Sea King HAR3A -
Click here for the AAC units at Wattisham.


RAF Northolt (EGWU)
Rwy: 07/25
Pos: 51° 33' 10.80" N 000° 25' 05.40" W
Elev: 124 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
32(The Royal)sq BAe125 CC3
BAe146 CC2
AS355F1
-
Northolt Station Flight Islander CC2
Islander CC2A
-
The helicopters which used to fly with the Queens Flight have been replaced by two Sikorsky S76's, but both are pure civilian and are owned and operated by Air Hanson Ltd from Blackbushe.




The two single Islander aircraft of the RAF are both operated by Northolt Station Flight. They are used for flights over the usually restricted airspace areas of London. Here ZH536 can be seen upon return of such a mission at its homebase.
11 April 1995, Photo: Chris Lofting


RAF Odiham (EGVO)
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 51° 14' 03.09" N 000° 56' 34.20" W
Elev: 405 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
7sq Chinook HC2 EA to EZ
18sq Chinook HC2
Chinook HC2A
BA to BZ
27sq Chinook HC2 NA to NZ
7sq is to receive the Chinook HC3 in 2002.
End 2001 the two Gazelle HT3 helicopters still in use with 7sq were withdrawn from use and replaced by two Gazelle AH1 helicopters. It is unknown if these are assigned to 7sq or to an AAC squadron.
All Chinook units are part of the JHC. Click here for more info about this command.
Click here for the RAF glider unit at Odiham.
Click here for the AAC unit at Odiham.




The RAF is very satisfied with the capabilities of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook. During the 1990s the remaining Chinook HC1 were converted to HC2 standard and additional HC2 and HC2A helicopters were also acquired. The Gulf War in 1991 showed the need for a dedicated Special Forces version and an order was placed for Chinook HC3 helicopters. This version is based on the United States Army Special Forces MH-47E and the first examples were delivered to QinetiQ for testing by end 2001.
Photo: Mark McEwan


RAF Benson (EGUB)
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 51° 37' 06.00" N 001° 05' 42.00" W
Elev: 226 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
28sq Merlin HC3 A to Z
33sq Puma HC1 -
R&S Wing various -
Oxford UAS / 6 AEF Tutor T1 -
The R&S Wing uses helicopters on loan from other RAF support helicopter squadrons.
No. 28 and 33sq and the R&S Wing are part of the JHC. Click here for more info about this command.




The latest helicopter type to enter service with the RAF is the Merlin HC3. This battlefield support helicopter was first delivered to No. 28sq of which an example is shown here. This squadron was re-established at RAF Benson to become the first RAF squadron to operate with the Merlin.
Photo: Maurice Hendriks, http://www.afterburner.nl


RAF Brize Norton (EGVN)
Rwy: 08/26
Pos: 51° 44' 59.87" N 001° 35' 01.02" W
Elev: 288 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
10sq VC-10 C1K last three
99sq C-17A last three
101sq VC-10 K3
VC-10 K4
A to Z
216sq Tristar C1
Tristar KC1
Tristar C2
Tristar K2
-


RAF Lyneham (EGDL)
Rwy: 06/24, 18/36
Pos: 51° 30' 18.54" N 001° 59' 36.25" W
Elev: 513 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
24sq Hercules C1
Hercules C3
Hercules C4
Hercules C5
last three
30sq Hercules C1
Hercules C3
Hercules C4
Hercules C5
last three
47sq Hercules C1
Hercules C3
Hercules C4
Hercules C5
last three
57(R)sq Hercules C1
Hercules C3
Hercules C4
Hercules C5
last three
70sq Hercules C1
Hercules C3
Hercules C4
Hercules C5
last three
All squadrons are part of the Lyneham Transport Wing (LTW), in which the aircraft are pooled between the different squadrons.




The workhorse of the RAF transport fleet is the C-130 Hercules. Initially the RAF bought the C-130K, which was called Hercules C1 in RAF service. Later some of the aircraft were lengthened and called Hercules C3. One of these stretched aircraft can be seen here, XV303 piloted by 47sq aircrew. The fleet was ageing by the second half of the 1980s and a replacement was sought. This resulted in an order for C-130J (Hercules C5) and C-130J-30 (Hercules C4) aircraft. After delivery of these new aircraft quite a few C-130K are still operational with the Lyneham Transport Wing and these are believed to be replaced by the European Airbus A-400M which is yet to be developed.
XV303 in AARA 6, 01 November 2001, Photo: Chris Lofting


QinetiQ Boscombe Down (EGDM)
Rwy: 05/23, 17/35
Pos: 51° 09' 07.88" N 001° 44' 50.69" W
Elev: 407 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
AWC-SAOEU Jaguar GR3A
Jaguar T2B
Harrier GR7
Tornado GR4
-
-
last 2 c/n
-
Southampton UAS / 2AEF Tutor T1 -
CAM Hawk T1 last three
AMS various -
Click here for QinetiQ at Boscombe Down.




The RAF Harrier and FAA Sea Harriers will be replaced from 2008 onwards by the Joint Strike Fighter. Before that happens the RAF is looking into upgrading the current fleet of GR7 models to GR9 standard. The first prototype of the Harrier GR9 is currently undergoing a test programme. The major difference is that the GR9 is fitted with a more powerful engine.
ZG501 at Coningsby, July 1995, Photo: Joop de Groot


RAF Colerne (EGUO)
Rwy: 01/19, 07/25
Pos: 51° 26' 21" N 002° 17' 11" W
Elev: 593 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
Bristol UAS / 3AEF Tutor T1 -


RAF Chivenor (EGDC)
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 51° 05' 13.80" N 004° 09' 01.22" W
Elev: 27 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
22sq / A Flt. Sea King HAR3A -
Click here for the RAF glider unit at Chivenor.


RAF St.Mawgan (EGDG)
Rwy: 13/31
Pos: 50° 26' 26.01" N 004° 59' 43.47" W
Elev: 390 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
22sq Sea King HAR3A -
203(R)sq Sea King HAR3 -


DARA St.Athan (EGDX)
Rwy: 08/26
Pos: 51° 24' 17.40" N 003° 26' 09.00" W
Elev: 163 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
Wales UAS Tutor T1 -
AR&T Flight Harrier GR3
Jet Provost T4
-
4SoTT/CTTS various -
The local Station Flight has been disbanded some time ago, the crews now being ferried by civil sub-contractors.
Click here for the RAF glider unit at St. Athan.


RAF Cosford (EGWC)
Rwy: 06/24
Pos: 52° 38' 24" N 002° 18' 20" W
Elev: 272 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
Birmingham UAS / 8AEF Tutor T1 -
1SoTT various -
Click here for the RAF glider unit at Cosford.




Jet Provost T5 XW318/78-MG of the Cosford School of Technical Training is seen here taxying around the airfield to aid marshalling and ground crew training.
Cosford, 07 July 2000, Photo: Chris Lofting


RAF Shawbury (EGOS)
Rwy: 05/23, 18/36
Pos: 52° 47' 53.41" N 002° 40' 04.95" W
Elev: 249 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
60(R)sq Griffin HT1 A to Z
No. 60sq forms part of the DHFS. Click here for more info about this school.
Click here for the AAC units at Shawbury.
Click here for the FAA unit at Shawbury.




Both No. 60(R)sq (RAF Shawbury) and SARTU (RAF Valley) operate with the Griffin HT1. The bulk of the fleet is allocated to No. 60(R)sq, which is part of the Defence Helicopter Flying School. The role of this squadron is to train RAF aircrew on multi-engine helicopters. After this training the crews continue to the Operational Conversion Units to train on the a specific helicopter type (Puma HC1, Chinook HC2 or Merlin HC3).
Photo: Mark McEwan


Airbases Overseas

RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus (LCRA)
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 34° 35' 25.50" N 032° 59' 16.30" E
Elev: 76 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
84sq Wessex HC2 Cards


RAF Mount Pleasant, Falklands (EGYP)
Rwy: 05/23, 10/28
Pos: 51° 49' 22" S 058° 26' 50" W
Elev: 244 ft.
Squadron Aircraft Code
range
Badge
78sq Chinook HC2
Sea King HAR3
 
1312 Flt. Hercules C1
Hercules C3
Hercules C4
Hercules C5
VC-10 K3
VC-10 K4
last three
last three
last three
last three
A to Z
A to Z
1435 Flt. Tornado F3 C, D, F & H
The Hercules aircraft are on loan from the LTW as the VC-10's are on loan from 101sq.
The codes of 1435Flt stands for 'Faith, Hope, Charity and Desperation'.


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