RAF Northolt in west London is used by both military and civilian aircraft and is home to units from all three Armed Services and the Ministry of Defence. 

RAF Northolt plays an important royal role with both 32 (The Royal) Squadron and 63 Squadron RAF Regiment (Queen’s Colour Squadron) based on the Station. 

2,000 service personnel (from all 3 Armed Forces), civil servants, and contractors work at RAF Northolt.


Group Captain Nick Worrall ADC MA RAF

Group Captain Worrall took command of RAF Northolt in July 2019.  An experienced C-130 Hercules navigator he served on No 47 Squadron. Before coming to Northolt he worked at RAF Brize Norton as Officer Commanding Operations.

Nick Worrall joined the RAF in 2000 after reading Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at Southampton University.  Having completed Initial Officer and Weapon System Officer (Navigator) training, he converted to the C130K Hercules, flying in the Tactical Air Transport role.

Promoted to Squadron Leader in 2009 he was initially posted to LXX Sqn as Flight Commander Plans before moving back to 47 Sqn and undertaking the Operations and Plans/2iC role. Promoted to Wg Cdr in 2013 he attended the Joint Service Command and Staff College and graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Defence Studies before being posted to Joint Forces Command (JFC) in the operations and plans department.

He has a wide breadth of tactical and operational level experience across a broad spectrum of Air Power with activity including operations in the UK, Falklands, Balkans, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Horn of Africa, North Africa and Central Africa. 


West End Road, Ruislip, London, Middlesex, HA4 6NG.

Council: London Borough of Hillingdon

Who's based here

  • 32 Squadron
  • 600 Squadron RAuxAF
  • Queen's Colour Squadron
  • 601 Squadron RAuxAF
  • 63 Squadron RAF Regiment


  • 1915 - Opened as Royal Flying Corps' Military School, Ruislip.
  • 1940 - The Station plays a key role in defending the UK during the Battle of Britain and was home to Polish fighter Squadrons.
  • 1946 - RAF Northolt acts as London Airport during the construction of Heathrow.
  • 1954 - Reverts to sole military use.
  • 1995 - 32 (The Royal) Squadron is formed and moves to RAF Northolt and remains the home of UK Government and VIP transport to this day.
  • 2012 - RAF Northolt becomes a fighter station again during the Olympics, home to four Typhoon fighter aircraft.

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