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7,513ft (13/31)

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RAF Hawk T1

RAF Valley is located on the island of Anglesey, in north-west Wales, and provides fast-jet training using the new BAE Systems Hawk T2.

The base is also home to the Search and Rescue Training Unit (SARTU) which trains military rotary crews in SAR and mountain and maritime skills. The RAF Mountain Rescue Service (MRS) also has it's headquarters at RAF Valley.

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Live Trackers
Plane Finder tracks mainly civilian flights but does also include some military aircraft such as the Tutor, Tucano, Hawk, Voyager, BAe 146, Squirrel HT1, and Sentinel R1 etc which can be seen over the UK. ADS-B Exchange (Click on Global Radar View) tracks many other military aircraft such as Tornado, Typhoon, F-15, Hercules etc over the UK.

Scanner Frequencies

RAF Valley Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 125.225, 379.950
Director - 363.650, 396.850
Zone - 264.700
Radar - 313.550, 385.400, 362.300
Tower - 268.625
Ground - 266.800
ATIS - 120.725


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Aircraft & Squadrons
RAF Valley provides fast jet training using the new Hawk T2 aircraft. No.4 Flying Training School consists of IV(R) Squadron operating the Hawk T2. 208(R) Squadron operating the Hawk T1 were disbanded in April 2016.

202(R) Squadron is a Search and Rescue (SAR) training unit using the Griffin & Augusta AW139 helicopters. The RAF Mountain Rescue Service (MRS) is also based here.

A newly-refurbished hangar at RAF Valley will also house three brand-new Jupiter helicopters, from the end of 2017, which will be used to train pilots from all three Services, delivered as part of the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS).

IV(R) Squadron - Hawk T2.
202(R) Squadron SAR Training Unit - Griffin & AW139.

History
The airfield was opened in 1941 as a Fighter Sector Station providing defence cover for England's north-west and shipping in the Irish Sea. Hawker Hurricanes were based here with Bristol Beaufighters providing night fighter cover.

No. 456 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force formed in 1941 operating Boulton Paul Defiants and later re-equipping with Beaufighters for defensive night patrols before the unit moved away in 1943. Westland Lysanders and Supermarine Walrus amphibians were also based here at the end of 1941 and were used for Air-sea rescue, until 1944.

The runways and taxiways were extended in early 1943 and the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Ferry Terminal became operational which handled American aircraft ariving from transatlantic flights. The base handled Liberators, Douglas C-47s, and B-17s. Due to the large scale USAAF activities, RAF operations were scaled down. After the War, many American bombers, and crew, passed through Valley on their way back to the USA. In 1947 the airfield was put on a care and maintenance basis.

During 1950, improvements were made to the hangars, and buildings, and in 1951, Valley became home to No.202 Advanced Flying School, and operated the Vampire and Meteor jet aircraft. Folland Gnat jet trainers were used in 1962 along with Hawker Hunters for advanced training. The first Hawk aircraft were used in 1976.

208(R) Squadron were disbanded in April 2016 as they were operating the older analogue Hawk T.1 aircraft.

The RAF Valley airbase on Anglesey has recently had a £20 million contract awarded to refurbish it as well as the link taxiways in addition to providing a new section airside perimeter road, new visual aids, aeronautical lighting and signage. The work was finished by October 2017 and it will extend the life of the runway by a further 25 years.


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