RAF Shawbury is located north-east of Shrewbury in Shropshire, and is home to the Central Flying School (Helicopter) Squadron which provides training for helicopter pilots for all three of the UK's armed services.
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The H135 Juno HT1 and H145 Jupiter helicopters have now replaced the older Squirrel HT1 (Eurocopter AS350BB), and the Griffin HT1 (Bell 412 EP) helicopters.
RAF Shawbury also has long-term storage facilities for several RAF aircraft types which can be brought back into active service if required or disposed of if necessary.
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RAF Shawbury Scanner Frequencies
Approach - 269.425, 133.150
Low Level - 369.175
Zone - 133.150
Director - 373.225, *123.300
PAR - 377.775, 360.450, *123.300
Tower - 362.000, *122.100
Info - 370.300
ATIS - 341.650
*= NATO Common Frequency
Aircraft & Squadrons
RAF Shawbury is home to the Central Flying School (Helicopter) Squadron. No.1 Flying Training School (FTS) provides basic helicopter pilot training for the RAF, Royal Navy and Army Air Corps, as well as foreign and commonwealth countries, using their Juno HT1 and Jupiter HT1 helicopters.
No.1 Flying Training School consists of No.660 Squadron (Army Air Corps) & No.705 Naval Air Squadron (Fleet Air Arm) are part of 2 Maritime Air Wing (2MAW) use the Juno HT1 helicopters and No.60 Squadron (RAF) & No.670 Squadron (Army Air Corps) are part of No.9 Regiment also flying the Juno HT1. No.1 Flying Training School has also received some Jupiter HT1 helicopters.
RAF Shawbury is also home to the Defence College of Air and Space Operations which provides all Phase 2 training which includes Air Traffic Controllers, Weapons Controllers, Identification Officers, Flight Operations personnel and Air and Space Operations Specialists. It also provides pre-deployment training and Instructor training. The Defence College of Air and Space Operations also includes the School of Aerospace Battle Management.
The Aircraft Maintenance and Storage Unit at Shawbury includes long-term storage for several RAF aircraft types which are stored in four specially de-humidified hangars at different states of readiness and can be brought back into active service if required. Other aircraft that are no longer required are also stored pending their disposal.
No.660 Squadron AAC - H135 Juno HT1.
705 Naval Air Squadron - H135 Juno HT1.
No.60 Squadron RAF - H135 Juno HT1.
No.670 Squadron AAC - H135 Juno HT1.
No.1 Flying Training School has also received some Jupiter HT1 helicopters.
The station at Shawbury was first used for military flying training in 1917 by the Royal Flying Corps. Three training Squadrons operated several types of aircraft. The airfield closed in 1920 and the hangars and other building were demolished and the land returned to agricultural use.
The airfield was reactivated in 1938 as a training establishment and an Aircraft Storage Unit. It was mainly used for preparing pilots for operational Squadrons using the Airspeed Oxford aircraft. In 1944 it became the home of the Central Navigation School, primarily concerned with improving the standard of air navigation in bombers.
In 1950 the School of Air Traffic Control also moved to Shawbury, combining to form the Central Navigation and Control School. Aircraft were still stored here and scrapping work was undertaken until 1972. In 1976 Shawbury became an airfield for basic and advanced helicopter training, on the Aerospatiale Gazelle and Westland Wessex respectively.
In April 1997 the station started providing training for helicopter pilots for all three of the UK's armed services, being home to the Defence Helicopter Flying School which was later named the Central Flying School (Helicopter) Squadron. The H135 Juno HT1 and H145 Jupiter helicopters replaced the older Squirrel HT1 (Eurocopter AS350BB), and the Griffin HT1 (Bell 412 EP) helicopters.