Oxford University Air Squadron


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 60 students and 7 staff.

Former members include The Dambusters: Leonard Cheshire and Melvin Young, ACM Wigston CBE and actors Richard Burton, Robert Hardy and Warren Mitchell.

"I walk on air and contemplate the sun"



Weekly training

Weekly training nights take place during term time at the Squadrons Town Headquarters (THQ) in central Oxford, just a short walk from Oxford Railway Station starting at 7pm. Apart from flying during term time Tuesday to Saturday and annual training camps at RAF Benson, OUAS regularly offers adventurous training expeditions and force development training within the UK and aboard. Recent expeditions include visits to Iceland, Malta and ski trips to France.


1925  Founded as the second University Air Squadron with 24 students all from Oxford University, based originally at Upper Heyford

1932  OUAS moved to RAF Abingdon

1939  Squadron disbanded, its members joining the RAF

1941  The Squadron was reformed to provide flying training to students and was based at RAF Abingdon. Members in these war years included Richard Burton and Warren Mitchell

1949  Flying was moved to RAF Kidlington

1958  Flying was moved to RAF Bicester

1975  Flying was moved back to RAF Abingdon

1986  Students from Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes) were admitted for the first time.

1992  Flying was moved to and still is at RAF Benson

2017  Admin Staff based at THQ in Oxford are moved to RAF Benson to join with Flying Staff, THQ still used for recruiting and town nights.

Contact details


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

Phone: 01491 837766/5227


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

Email: [email protected]


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