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RAF Cranwell.

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 motto, Altium Altrix, meaning 'Nurture the highest' appears above the main doors of the Officers Mess.

The base is home to No.3 Flying Training School with the Phenom T1 & Prefect T1 aircraft, and also No.6 Flying Training School with their Tutor T.1 aircraft.

The Prefect T.1 has replaced the Tutor T1 as an Elementary Flying Training aircraft and the Phenom 100 has been selected to replace the King Air B200 and provide multi-engine pilot training as part of the UK Ministry of Defence's Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) programme.

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RAF Cranwell Scanner Frequencies
MAS (Swanwick Mil) - 259.600
Approach - 388.775, *123.300, 124.450
Zone (Departures) - 355.575, 124.450
Director - 240.950, *123.300
PAR - 255.675, 264.900, *123.300, 369.450
Tower - 370.850, 125.050
Ground - 121.775, 344.125
ATIS - 126.325, 279.275
*= NATO Common Frequency

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RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire was the world's first Air Academy and today, it continues to select and train the next generation of RAF officers.

RAF Cranwell is home to the headquarters of the Central Flying School which consists of No.3 Flying Training School and No.6 Flying Training School. No.3 Flying Training School consists of 45 Sqn (Phenom T1) and 57 Sqn (Prefect T1). No.6 Flying Training School consists of East Midlands University Air Squadron (Tutor T1) and No.7 Air Experience Flight (Tutor T1).

RAF Cranwell is also home to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets Headquarters, No.2 Group RAF Force Protection Wing, No.38 Group (Air Combat Service Support) RAF, RAF Air Warfare Centre, and home to two of the RAF bands, namely The Band of the Royal Air Force College and The Band of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

The RAF Cranwell Flying Club and Cranwell Gliding Club are also based here.

The Prefect T.1 replaces many of the older Tutor T1s in the Elementary Flying Training role and the new Phenom T1 was selected to replace the older King Air B200 in the Multi Engine Pilot Training role as part of the UK Ministry of Defence's Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) programme.

45 Sqn - Phenom T1.
57 Sqn - Prefect T1.
East Midlands University Air Squadron - Tutor T1.
No.7 Air Experience Flight - Tutor T1.

Nearby RAF Barkston Heath acts as a Relief Landing Ground for the flying training activities at RAF Cranwell, which is four minutes flying time away.

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.


King Air B200.King Air B200.

Phenom T1.Phenom T1.

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