University of Birmingham Air Squadron

RAF Volunteer Reserve unit for students from Aston, Birmingham, Birmingham Central, Coventry, Keele, Staffordshire, Harper Adams, Worcester, Warwick and Wolverhampton Universities.

Crest for University of Birmingham Air Squadron


UBAS is one of the larger University Air Squadrons with approximately 75 students and 8 staff. Around 35 students are recruited each year from Aston, Birmingham, Birmingham Central, Coventry, Keele, Stafford, Warwick and Wolverhampton Universities. The Squadron's Headquarters is at RAF Cosford, near Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.

Fresher Fayre

17th September 2019:  Aston, Coventry and Worcester (student led)

18th September 2019:  Staffordshire/Stoke

23rd and 24th September 2019:  Birmingham (BCU candidates to attend here)

27th September 2019: Harper Adams

28th and 29th September 2019: Warwick

28th Keele TBC


5th October 2019: Open day at RAF Cosford (for successful applicants only)

14th to 17th October 2019: Interviews at RAF Cosford

14th to 21st December: Induction camp at RAF Cosford.


Weekly training

Weekly training nights take place during term time at the Squadron's Headquarters at RAF Cosford. The Squadron carries out numerous flying and ground camps over the holiday periods and flying from RAF Cosford during term time Saturday to Wednesday.


1942 - Formed in the Second World War, to provide pre-entry training for undergraduates joining the RAF, the Birmingham University Air Squadron started its first initial officer-training course in October 1942.

1950 - the Squadron re-equipped with DeHaviland Chipmunk T10s and was renamed the University of Birmingham Air Squadron (UBAS) on the 15th October 1951.

1958 - UBAS relocated to RAF Shawbury. In November 1971 UBAS came under the control of RAF College Cranwell and flew Chipmunks for 25 years until they were replaced with the BAE Bulldog T1 in June 1975.

1978 - UBAS “temporarily” relocated from RAF Shawbury to RAF Cosford, but has remained there ever since.

2001 - The long serving Bulldogs retired after 26 years service and were replaced by Grob 115E Tutor aircraft.


Contact details

University of Birmingham Air Squadron, RAF Cosford, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV7 3EX.


Phone: 01902 377603 or 01902 704937

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