Manchester and Salford Universities Air Squadron

RAF Volunteer Reserve unit for students from the University of Manchester; University of Salford, Manchester; and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Crest for Manchester and Salford Universities Air Squadron

About

MASUAS is established to train up to 60 undergraduate students, managed by 6 permanent staff.  Approximately 30 students are recruited each year from the University of Manchester; University of Salford, Manchester; and Manchester Metropolitan University.  The squadron headquarters and flying facilities are at RAF Woodvale on the Sefton coast, located between Liverpool and Southport.

Recruitment

MASUAS will be recruiting between 17th and 21st September at the following locations:

Salford University – Opposite the Student Union, just look out for the RAF Marketing Tent.

Manchester University and MMU – On Oxford Road opposite the Manchester Museum, just look out for the RAF Marketing Tent.

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Weekly training

During university term-times, routine squadron training events vary between training evenings, on a Wednesday or Friday, or residential training weekends at RAF Woodvale.  MASUAS offers 3 residential training camps throughout the academic year, with duration ranging between 5 days and two weeks. 

A Winter Camp is usually held in early January at RAF Woodvale.  The Easter Camp tends to focus on adventurous training activities and is often held at a deployed location.  The major, and mandatory, training event is the Summer Camp which normally commences in late June.

History

1941 - Manchester University Air Squadron was formed on 10 February , under command of Wg Cdr E Rhodes.

1951 - The Squadron badge was approved by the King, incorporating the serpent from the Manchester University coat of arms.

1953 - The Squadron moved its flying operations from Barton to Woodvale.

1975 - The unit was renamed Manchester and Salford Universities Air Squadron April to accommodate the new status of Salford University.

1996 - 10 Air Experience Flight (AEF) became part of the Squadron.

Contact details

MASUAS, RAF Woodvale, Formby, Merseyside, L377AD.

Email: Garry.Fairclough568@mod.gov.uk

Phone: 01704 872287 Ext.7223

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