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MOD Boscombe Down is the tri-Service home of military aircraft Test & Evaluation and the Boscombe Down RAF Support Unit which provides administrative support to the military lodger units. It is a civilian operated airfield, administered by the RAF Air Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington which supports aircraft development. It provides an operational airfield with the longest military runway in the UK.
MoD Boscombe Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0JF.
The Joint Aircraft Recovery and Transportation Squadron (JARTS) is commanded by 85 (EL) Wg, RAF Wittering, but based at MoD Boscombe Down. It is manned predominantly by RAF personnel and a small contingent of Royal Navy (RN). JARTS is the only MoD organisation dedicated to Aircraft Post-Crash Management (APCM), recovery and transportation. The Sqn holds 4 Crash Teams at high readiness to deploy worldwide in response to military APCM incidents for all 3 Services. JARTS also has a remit to assist at civilian aircraft crash sites where requested by the Air Accident Investigation Board (AAIB).
Formed in 1943, ETPS overall aim is to teach experienced pilots and aerospace engineers the philosophy and skills required to undertake all forms of research and development test flying.
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