Flying squadrons to take off from airbase once again

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An air base will soon be buzzing with the sound of plane engines again after it was revealed that six RAF squadrons will be moving in.

Five flying squadrons and a repair unit will relocate to RAF Wittering in the middle of next year.

The flying squadrons are training units and operate the propeller engine Grob Tutor plane.

Once the move is complete the number of personnel at the base is expected to rise from 1,200 to about 1,300.

Wittering Parish Council chairman Coun Richard Roffe said: “It’s brilliant news. I am really in favour. The more people the better.

“It brings jobs into the area and keeps the village vibrant.

“We will welcome more if they want to send them.”

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.

Officer Commanding at 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.”

Air operations ceased at Wittering in December 2010 when the Government axed the Harrier jump jet.