The home and overseas bases of the RAF are all listed in this reference section. If you know the name or location of the station you are looking for, you can find it in one of the drop-down lists below. If you know where in the UK the station you are looking for is, you can find it on the map below.
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Station Name: Prestwick
Location: Prestwick, Ayrshire
Postcode: KA9 2GX
The Scottish Air Traffic Control Centre (Military) provides en route air traffic services to operational air traffic flying within the Scottish Flight Information and Upper Information Regions. ScATCC(Mil) and its civil counterpart, the Scottish Oceanic and Area Control Centre (ScOACC), are partners in one of the most successful civil/military ATC collaborations in the world. The shared facilities at Prestwick enhance the working relationships between civil and military controllers ensuring the increasingly busy skies of Northern Britain and its surrounding waters remain safe for all airspace users.
Station Name: RAF Benbecula
Location: Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides
Postcode: HS7 5LA
Situated in the Outer Hebrides on the island of Benbecula, the unit's radar provides long-range coverage of the North Atlantic approaches to Scotland. This data is fed into the Integrated Command and Control System within the UK.
Station Name: RAF Buchan
Location: Longhave, Peterhead Aberdeenshire
Postcode: AB42 ONX
Originally opened in 1952 as an Air Defence Radar Unit, the site is home to a Control and Reporting Centre. CRC Buchan, a remote radar site, is capable of coordinating all aspects of air defence in its Area of Responsibility within the United Kingdom's Air Policing Area. Can routinely work closely with similar units in Scandanavia, NATO navies and Airborne Warning and Control aircraft, the CRC provides an accurate Recognised Air Picture and Weapons Control Capability. RAF Buchan also parents Remote Radar Heads Saxa Vord and Benbecula.
Station Name: RAF Leuchars
Location: Leuchars, Fife
Postcode: KY16 0JX
Leuchars’ association with aviation can be traced back to 1911 when military balloons were operated at the site. Its long history includes being used as an RNAS fleet fighter Station and later as a Coastal Command airfield. After the Second World War, Leuchars became a Fighter Command Station, and continues in this role today as one of the RAF’s Air Defence bases. The Station is home to two Typhoon squadrons - 6 Squadron and 1(Fighter) Squadron - as well as No 6 Force Protection Wing Headquarters, 58 Squadron RAF Regiment, No 612 (County of Aberdeen) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force (the Air Transportable Surgical Squadron), 71 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers), the East of Scotland Universities Air Squadron and Number 12 Air Experience Flight.
Station Name: RAF Lossiemouth
Location: Lossiemouth Moray
Postcode: IV31 6SD
RAF Lossiemouth was built during 1938 and 1939 and opened on May 1, 1939 with No 15 Flying Training School as the major unit. In April 1940, the station was handed over to Bomber Command and No 20 Operational Training Unit was formed together with No 46 Maintenance Unit. At the end of the World War II hostilities, the station became a satellite of RAF Milltown in Coastal Command before becoming HMS Fulmar of the Royal Navy in 1946, the primary task being Fleet Air Arm operations. With the impending demise of aircraft carriers, the RAF returned on 28 September 1972 and the station has steadily assumed greater status since then. Aircraft types have included Whirlwind, Jaguar, Shackleton, Sea King, Hunter, Buccaneer and Tornado employed in various roles including search and rescue, airborne early warning, operational conversion unit, tactical weapons unit and maritime strike/attack. Ground-based units have included the air and ground defence, airfield damage repair and airfield support roles. With its present Tornado GR4 compliment of 3 operational units – Nos 12, 14 and 617 Squadrons and one operational conversion unit – No XV (Reserve) Squadron, its Sea King HAR 3A helicopter search and rescue unit – ‘D’ Flight, No 202 Squadron and 2 ground defence units – Nos 51 and 2622 (Highland) Squadrons RAF Regiment, RAF Lossiemouth is one of the foremost stations in the Royal Air Force.
Station Name: RAF Tain (Bombing Range)
Location: Ross-Shire, Scotland
Postcode: IV19 1PE
Tain is a bombing range on the Moray Firth, situated in the North of Scotland
Station Name: RRH Saxa Vord
Location: Haroldswick, Unst Shetland Islands, Outer Hebrides
Postcode: ZE2 9TJ
The Saxa Vord site in the Shetland Islands has had a radar since 1957, which gives early warning of any aircraft approaching from the North. This data is fed into the Integrated Command and Control System within the UK.