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RAF Weston-on-the-Green

RAF Weston-on-the-Green is a former Royal Flying Corps station that was redeveloped after the great war period. Much demolition took place (including the original 1916/1917 hangars). The former RFC Officers & Sgt's messes are located on the opposite side of the road, and are now in commercial use. The station is located near the village of Weston-on-the-Green in Oxfordshire, England. The station comes under the control of the nearby RAF Brize Norton. It is used for parachute training for the UK military. The No.1 Parachute Training School RAF is based at RAF Brize Norton and uses Weston-on-the-Green regularly as a drop zone.

Basic military parachute jumping takes place at RAF Weston-on-the-Green from civilian aircraft that are based on the airfield and more advanced jumping takes place from C-130 Hercules aircraft based at RAF Lyneham.

No military aircraft are based at RAF Weston-on-the-Green. The airfield is only manned part-time by RAF personnel.

There is also a commercial Skydive weston sky-diving club.

RAF Weston-on-the-Green is one of the few remaining active RAF bases with some original pre-RAF buildings.

The airfield was used for the launch of the first hot air balloon in the UK in 1967, called the Bristol Belle and is the home of the Oxford Gliding Club, one of the oldest gliding clubs in the country.

RAF units and aircraft

Unit Dates Aircraft Variant Notes
No. 2 Squadron RAF 1919-1920 Armstrong Whitworth FK.8
No. 18 Squadron RAF 1919 None Cadre only
No. 90 Squadron RAF 1939 Bristol Blenheim I
No. 20 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit RAF 1943-1945 Based at RAF Kidlington used Weston-on-the-Green as a Relief Landing Ground
No. 15 Flying Training School RAF 1940-1941 Based at RAF Kidlington used Weston-on-the-Green as a Relief Landing Ground
No. 130 Gliding School RAF 1951-1955 Slingsby Cadet I, II and TX3
No. 13 Operational Training Unit RAF 1940 Bristol Blenheim Based at RAF Bicester used Weston-on-the-Green as a Relief Landing Ground
No. 28 Training Depot Station RAF 1918-1919

References

  • Jefford, C.G. (1988). RAF Squadrons. Airlife Publishing Ltd.
  • Sturivant, Ray (2007). RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912. Air-Britain.

External links

  • http://www.rafspa.com/ Skydive Weston sky-diving club

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