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.

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: 6FTS-MASUAS-ADJ@MOD.UK

Phone: 01704 872287 Ext.7223

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