Southampton University Air Squadron

RAF Volunteer Reserve unit that exists to train and develop university students in flying, adventure training, force development and sport.

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SUAS is made up of 7 permanent staff which supports a student membership of 75. Each year approximately 35 students are recruited from Southampton, Southampton Solent, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Winchester, Chichester, Brighton, and Sussex Universities. The Squadron’s Flying Headquarters and Town Headquarters are located at MoD Boscombe Down, near Salisbury in Wiltshire.

Weekly training

SUAS conducts training nights on Tuesday evenings in the Officers’ Mess at MoD Boscombe Down. These weekly training nights cover topics that range from Air Power and current RAF Operations to leadership, current affairs and public speaking.

UAS flying takes place Monday – Friday but there are additional flying camps over Easter, Christmas and the summer.

Five 10-day strike exercises also take place over the summer period, as do multiple summer vacation attachments to various RAF stations throughout the UK.

There are also opportunities for sport and adventurous training expeditions throughout the year which can include skiing, mountain biking, canoeing, rock climbing and sailing.


1941 - Formed at the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Worthy Down flying Tiger Moths, until moving to Eastleigh, now Southampton airport in late 1946.

1947 - Moved to Hamble, flying Chipmunks and later Bulldogs until moving in 1979.

1987-1996 - The Squadron was based at or flew regularly from RNAS Lee on Solent.

Associated Universities

Contact details

SUAS, MoD Boscombe Down, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0JE

Phone: 01980 663261             


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