Now one of 15 UASs in the UK the unit was originally formed as Nottingham University Air Squadron on 26th February 1941 and during the war years was actively engaged in pre-entry training of aircrew for the Royal Air Force. Initially, the Squadron had only one Tiger Moth for air experience flying based at RAF Newton in Nottinghamshire. By 1947 it had been equipped with a further four and all five were replaced by De Havilland Chipmunks in June 1951.
The Squadron Crest was granted by HM King George VI in February 1947 and embodies the association between Nottingham, Robin Hood and the Squadron. The "Quiver of Arrows" is symbolic not only of the city of Nottingham but also the Squadron motto "Strength in Reserve". In November 1967, in recognition of the support and recruitment of cadets from the Universities of Leicester, Loughborough as well as Nottingham, the Squadron was officially renamed the East Midlands Universities’ Air Squadron. The intake was later expanded to include students from the then Nottingham and Leicester Polytechnics.
In 1974, after almost twenty five years of service, the Chipmunks were replaced by five Scottish Aviation Bulldogs. Then, in November 2000, RAF Newton closed as an airfield and EMUAS flying operations relocated to RAFC Cranwell. This also marked the end of Bulldog flying and the Squadron was re-equipped with the Grob 115E Tutor.
EMUAS is one of the larger UASs with approximately 85 students and 8 staff. The Squadron operates from 2 main locations. Our Town Headquarters (THQ), located near Nottingham’s University Park Campus, is where the administrative staffs are based and where weekly training nights take place during term time. Flying Headquarters (FHQ) is at Royal Air Force College Cranwell, near Sleaford in Lincolnshire.
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