The close proximity of RAF Northolt to London has meant that the Station has always had an important role to play in supporting the country. Be it in the early days of aviation development following the establishment of the airfield in March 1915, through the Second World War when the unit was home to several fighter squadrons involved in the Battle of Britain, to the modern day when the Station is often the backdrop to events on the World Stage. The Station is proud of both its history and its current role, in particular as the home of number 32(The Royal) Squadron, the Queen's Colour Squadron and the Central Band of the RAF.
Official visitors cover the widest spectrum and include British and Foreign Royalty, Heads of State and Government Ministers, military personnel of both the British and Foreign armed forces and many civilian VIPs and celebrities who enjoy the privacy and first-class passenger handling service available.
Over 95 years as a military flying station means that RAF Northolt is a reflection of aviation history. There are close links with the Polish veteran community, many of whom were based at Northolt during WW2, and the Station helps to organise the annual September commemoration at the Polish War Memorial, just outside the Station fenceline. Whilst the airfield remains extremely busy today, that is not the whole story. There are a large and diverse number of units from all three services at Northolt who contribute to the success of the Station.
At the end of 2011 the Government announced that RAF Northolt was to be the forward base for Typhoon fast jets and other military elements providing security to the London Olympic Games. Some measures were taken to ensure that Typhoon fast jets could safely operate from Northolt's runway and these measures were successfully tested during Operation Olympic Guardian in May. Typhoon then returned in July to provide key support to the Olympics air security plan and departed at the end of the Games. Personnel on the base and in the local community are proud of the important role that RAF Northolt played once again in ensuring the safety of London and its many visitors.