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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About

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.

Selection

SUAS Will be at the following freshers’ fairs this year:

19 September - Portsmouth University

22 September - Bournemouth University

26 September - Southampton University

1.    Students can express an interest in SUAS at their respective Freshers Fair. If we’re not there or you miss us, then find us on Facebook or email us using the details below.

2.    Suitable students will be invited to an open day at MoD Boscombe Down on 29 September 2018. There will be group discussions, leaderless tasks, a fitness test, and a tour of SUAS.

3.    From this open day, students will be selected for interview in Southampton or Portsmouth between 8 and 12 October 2018.

4.    Successful students will be offered a place on SUAS

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.

History

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.

Contact details

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

Phone: 01980 663261             

Email: lorna.gavin101@mod.gov.uk

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