Flying operations to resume at RAF Wittering in 2014

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Flying operations will resume at RAF Wittering next year when it becomes a training base for pilots once more.

Five flying squadrons will move onto the base along with one repair unit, taking the number of personnel from 1,200 to about 1,300.

The base will retain its core function as the home of the RAF’s Expeditionary Logistic Force.

The flying units moving in to the base are Cambridge, East Midlands and London University Air Squadrons, which train student pilots, 5 Air Experience Flights Squadron, which trains cadets, and No 115 (R) Squadron, which trains instructors.

Also moving in is No 71(Inspection and Repair) Squadron, which carries out maintenance on the planes.

The new arrivals will join the RAF’s Expeditionary Logistic Force, which controls most areas around the deployment of aircraft, and the Army’s Headquarters 12 (Air Support) Engineer Group, which moved on to the base in January.

All the flying squadrons currently operate the propellor engine Grob Tutor aircraft.

Officer Commanding RAF Wittering, Group Captain Richard Hill, said: “I am delighted that aircraft will soon return to RAF Wittering.

“The station has a long and proud history of aviation and it is fitting that we will enter our centenary year reintroducing a role that the station performed at its inception in 1916.

“In addition, the arrival of No 71 (IR) Squadron will further augment the key expeditionary logistic capabilities that RAF Wittering has become renowned for.”