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RAF Syerston is home to 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS) and houses both the headquarters and the RAF Central Gliding School, which provides formal training courses for members of the Volunteer Gliding Squadrons (VGS) located at various other locations around the UK.
RAF Syerston has three satellite airfields at Kenley, Kirknewton and RAF Little Rissington from which it operates the Viking T Mk 1 glider.
RAF Syerston, Newark, NG23 5NN.
Part of 22 Group, supplying flying training to the RAF Air Cadets through Volunteer Gliding Squadrons around the country. The VGS fleet is split into two main types of aircraft, powered and unpowered. For unpowered or conventional gliding, the Viking T Mk 1 glider is used. For powered gliding VGSs use the Vigilant T Mk 1 motor glider.
Part of 2 Flying Training School. Teaches Qualified Gliding Instructors who will go on to teach RAF Air Cadets gliding at locations around the country. Is also responsible for upholding instructor standards.
Plays an important role in military gliding training for RAF Air Cadets. Flying the Viking T Mk 1 glider, it is staffed by cadets, adult volunteers and RAF personnel, who give up their weekends to train and be trained in the art of gliding.
The Central Flying School (CFS) is the oldest established Flying School in the world. Its mission is to ‘Deliver, Develop and Assure Excellence in Aircrew Instruction for Defence’ achieving this by training all flying instructors, both fixed-wing and rotary, as well as all other airborne instructors. Its Exam Wing assures the standards of instruction for the RAF through regular station and squadron visits and the Smith-Barry Research Institute, our Research & Development arm, is tasked to study how we can improve flying training for the future. In addition, the RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, are under the command of Commandant CFS.
In Scotland, it is home to 661 Volunteer Gliding Squadron.
Located in Gloucestershire, acts as a satellite airfield for RAF Syerston and is home to 637 VGS. The site is also used by nearby RAF Brize Norton as a parachute training area and by Joint Helicopter Command for helicopter training.
Kenley, in South London, acts as a satellite airfield for RAF Syerston and is home to 615 VGS flying the Viking T Mk 1 glider. It is famous for its role as an RAF fighter airfield in the Battle of Britian.
RAF Syerston initially opened as a Bomber Command station in 1940 operating Wellington, Manchester and Lancaster bombers. Post-war Syerston became a training base, eventually transferring to Flying Training Command and 2 Flying Training School operating Jet Provosts.
Syerston was put on under care and maintenance from 1971 until it reopened in January 1975 for light aircraft and gliding operations. Syerston is currently a station in its own right, having previously been a satellite airfield of RAF College Cranwell.
Since January 2014, RAF Syerston has been the home to 2 FTS HQ, the RAF Central Gliding School (CGS) and 644 Volunteer Gliding Squadron. The Central Flying School (CFS) (Gliding Examiners) also maintains an examining unit at the Station.
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