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RAF Cranwell is located north-west of Sleaford in Lincolnshire, and is home to the Royal Air Force College (RAFC), which trains the RAF's new officers.

The base is home to 3 Flying Training School with their King Air B200s & Grob Tutor T.1 aircraft, and also 6 Flying Training School with their Grob Tutor T.1 aircraft.

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RAF Cranwell Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 280.775, 362.300
Director - 284.325
Radar - 275.675
Tower - 268.625, 125.050
Ground - 240.245, 369.200
ATIS - 233.625

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RAF Cranwell is home to the headquarters of the Central Flying School which consists of 3 Flying Training School and 6 Flying Training School. 3 Flying Training School consists of 45(R) Sqn (King Air B200), 57(R) Sqn (Tutor T1), 703 Naval Air Squadron (Tutor T1), and 674 Squadron Army Air Corps (Tutor T1). 6 Flying Training School consists of East Midlands University Air Squadron, and 7 Air Experience Flight (Tutor T1).

RAF Cranwell is also home to the Royal Air Force College (RAFC), which trains the RAF's new officers, and home to two of the RAF bands, namely The Band of the Royal Air Force College and The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment.

The Grob G 120TP, known in RAF service as the Prefect T.1, began to operate from nearby RAF Barkston Heath as well as RAF Cranwell from January 2018 and will replace the Tutor T1.

45(R) Sqn - King Air B200.
57(R) Sqn - Tutor T1.
703 Naval Air Squadron - Tutor T1.
674 Squadron Army Air Corps - Tutor T1.
East Midlands University Air Squadron - Tutor T1.
7 Air Experience Flight - Tutor T1.

Cranwell was opened by the Admiralty in 1916 as the Royal Navy Air Service, Training Establishment, Cranwell. When the Royal Air Force was formed in 1918, the RNAS Training Establishment became RAF Cranwell.

The College at Cranwell was established as the world's first air academy in 1919. During WW2, the college was closed and its facilities were used as a flying training school. The college was then reopened after the War.

Sir Frank Whittle attended RAF Cranwell in the 1920s where he formulated his ideas for the jet engine. It was at Cranwell in 1941 that the first flight of Gloster E.28/39 took place. Sir Frank Whittle died in 1996 and his ashes were buried in a church at RAF Cranwell.

T. E. Lawrence was stationed at Cranwell in 1926, where he wrote his 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom'.

In the late 1950s, Basic Training was carried out on Provosts, and Advanced Training on Vampires or Meteors. Later, only Basic Training was carried out with the Jet Provost, and Advanced Training was at RAF Oakington or RAF Valley.


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