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Cranwell was taken over from the Royal Navy by the RAF on its formation in 1918, for officer cadet training, a role it fulfils to this day as the world’s first air force college.

Click here to access A Brief History of Cranwell Station

For more information about a career in the Royal Air Force or Royal Air Force Reserves please access the RAF Recruiting and Selection Internet Site.

Today RAF College Cranwell also supports the flying task for No 3 Flying Training School (3FTS) which provides elementary flying training for pilots from the RAF, RN and Army using the Grob Tutors of Nos 16(R), 57(R), 115(R), 674(AAC) and 703(NAS) Sqns as well as advanced flying training for multi-engine pilots on the Beech King Air B200 aircraft of No 45(R) Sqn. No 45(R) Sqn also provides generic training for all RAF Weapon Systems Operators (WSOps) and advanced specialist training for those selected for the fixed wing ISTAR and ATAAR fleets. It is also home to the Headquarters of No 6 Flying Training School (6FTS) which oversees all University Air Squadrons in universities across the UK.

RAFC Cranwell also supports HQ Central Flying School (CFS), Ground Training Squadron, General Service Training Squadron and a unit of the Meteorological office.

RAF Syerston (Nottinghamshire), home of the HQ for the RAF No 2 Flying Training School and Central Gliding School, and RAF Woodvale (Merseyside), are satellite airfields under the command of the Commandant of RAFC Cranwell.

RAFC Cranwell is the also home to a broad range of lodger units including HQ Air Cadets, the Bands of the RAF College and the Royal Auxillary Air Force, HQ Defence Legal Services, and HQ No1 RAFP Wing.

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