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RAF Wittering - IATA:, ICAO:EGXT
Grob Tutor T1.
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RAF Wittering is located in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. The runway actually crosses the boundary between Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

RAF Wittering is home of the 'A4 Force' (RAF's engineering and logistic Air Combat Support Units) and is also home to 3FTS & 6FTS which operate the Grob Tutor.

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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 Wittering Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 130.200, 234.075
PAR - 244.550, 275.325
Director - 278.450
Tower - 125.525, 372.225
Ground - 369.225
ATIS - 242.475


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Aircraft & Squadrons
RAF Wittering is home of the 'A4 Force' (RAF's engineering and logistic Air Combat Support Units) which deploys the vital engineering and logistics support needed to sustain UK military air operations, wherever they are required.

The squadrons of 3FTS provide elementary flying training to the next generation of Royal Air Force pilots and teach qualified pilots to become flying instructors. 6FTS teaches elementary flying training to the students of the University Air Squadrons and provides Air Cadets with their first experiences of RAF flying.

The Station is also home to many other diverse units including the RAF Medical Reserves, Outreach Teams and Air Cadets.

No 22 (Training) Group:
Elements of 3 Flying Training School - Grob Tutor.
Elements of 6 Flying Training School - Grob Tutor.


History
RAF Wittering officially opened in 1924 and was home to the Central Flying School (CFS) from 1926 to 1935. The CFS left and RAF Wittering became a fighter base.

During the Second World War, the base was the main fighter station for southern East Midlands. Beaufighter night fighters were operated from Wittering and the runway extended to 3 miles long to reduce landing accidents. The long runway was also used by Bomber Command to land damaged aircraft. In 1943, the station operated the de Havilland Mosquito.

During the Cold War, Wittering was equipped with 'V' bombers (Vulcan, Victor and Valliant) and in 1969 two squadrons of Victor B.2 bombers equipped with Blue Steel nuclear missiles were part of the QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) force of the RAF.

From 1972 to 1976, there were two squadrons of Hawker Hunters and from 1968 until 2010 the base was home to the Harrier. In 2009, it was announced that RAF Wittering would be home to all the RAF and Royal Navy Harriers of Joint Force Harrier however as a result of the '2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review' the Harrier fleet was withdrawn in December 2010.

Today, RAF Wittering has returned to flying training and operates sixteen Grob Tutor aircraft.









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