Oxford University Air Squadron

RAF Volunteer Reserve unit for students from the Universities of Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Reading.

Crest for Oxford University Air Squadron

I walk on air and contemplate the sun


  • The Squadron's town headquarters is in Oxford, and it flies the Grob Tutor from RAF Benson.
  • Trains students from affiliated universities in leadership, adventurous training and flying.
  • The Squadron is made up of around 50 students and 6 staff.
  • Former members include The Dambusters: Leonard Cheshire and Melvin Young, and the actor Richard Burton.


Squadron members and staff will be attending the following freshers' fayers:

21 September - Oxford Brookes

26 & 27 September - Reading University

3 & 4 October - Oxford University

Open evenings for prospective candidates will take place at RAF Benson on 1 and 8 October at 1700.

Weekly training

Weekly training nights take place during term time at the Squadron’s Town Headquarters (THQ) in central Oxford, just a short walk from Oxford Railway Station. Apart from flying during term time Tuesday to Saturday and annual training camps at RAF Benson, OUAS regularly offers adventurous training expeditions within the UK and abroad. Recent expeditions include visits to Iceland and ski trips to France.


1925 - Founded as the second University Air Squadron.

1939 - Squadron disbanded, its members joining the RAF.

1941 - The Squadron was reformed to provide flying training to students.

1986 - Students from Oxford Polytechnic were admitted for the first time.

Contact details

Town Headquarters

Oxford University Air Squadron, Oxpens Rd, City Centre, Oxford OX1 1RX

Flying Headquarters

Oxford University Air Squadron, RAF Benson, Wallingford OX10 6AA

Email: 6fts-OUAS-admin01@mod.uk

Phone: 01865 255335

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