Bristol University Air Squadron

RAF Volunteer Reserve unit for students studying at Bristol including UWE, Bath, Exeter and Plymouth Universities.

Crest for Bristol University Air Squadron


BUAS is established for up to 75 students.  This normally enables up to 30 students to be recruited each year, dependent on the number of sponsored students remaining beyond the 2 year point.

BUAS flying is conducted at Boscombe Down near Salisbury in Wiltshire.  BUAS HQ is currently at Azimghur Barracks, Colerne, near Bath.  The HQ will move to a new site in the coming months which will remain close to the main student population of Bristol and Bath.

Weekly training

Weekly training nights take place every Tuesday at BUAS HQ during term time.  A 2-week residential training camp is conducted during June, based at BUAS HQ for one week and elsewhere within the UK for the second.  Flying is currently conducted Monday to Friday from Boscombe Down with specific flying camps elsewhere during the Easter and Summer holidays.


1941 - BUAS was formed on 25 February and acted as an Initial Training Wing of an Officer Cadet Training Unit for the remainder of the war.

1946 - The Squadron disbanded in July, but was reformed in November 1950 as a unit of Home Command equipped with four Tiger Moth T2s.

1993 - The Squadron moved to Filton

1975 - The Squadron reequipped with Scottish Aviation Bulldog T1 aircraft.  October 2000 heralded the change onto another new aircraft, the Grob Tutor T1.

Associated Universities

  • University of Bristol

Contact details


BUAS HQ, Azimghur Barracks, Colerne, Chippenham, Wilts, SN14 8QY

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