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RAF Shawbury is located north-east of Shrewbury in Shropshire, and is home to the Defence Helicopter Flying School which provides training for helicopter pilots for all three of the UK's armed services.

The helicopters that are used are the Squirrel HT1 (Eurocopter AS350BB), and the Griffin HT1 (Bell 412 EP) and will be replaced by the H135 Juno HT1.

Shawbury is also home to the Air Traffic Control School and the RAF Aircraft Storage flight.

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RAF Shawbury Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 282.000
Director - 231.700
Zone - 120.775
Radar - 278.675, 241.025, 376.675
Tower - 378.450, 262.875
Ground - 389.450
ATIS - 284.275

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RAF Shawbury is home to the Defence Helicopter Flying School which trains helicopter pilots for the Royal Air Force, Royal Naval Air Service, and Army Air Corps. The Squirrel HT1 (Eurocopter AS350BB) helicopter is operated by No.660 Squadron AAC and 705 Naval Air Squadron. The Griffin HT1 (Bell 412 EP) helicopter is operated by No.60 Squadron RAF.

These helicopters will be replaced by thirty two new H135 Juno HT1 helicopters which are currently being delivered and marks the build-up towards the start of the rotary-wing element of UKMFTS (UK Military Flying Training System) in April 2018.

The Central Air Traffic Control School, at Shawbury, trains the next generation of controllers, delivers specific pre-deployment training to those about to deploy on operations and trains selected personnel as instructors.

No.60(R) Squadron RAF - Griffin HT1.
705 Naval Air Squadron - Squirrel HT1.
No.660 Squadron AAC - Squirrel HT1.
UKMFTS - H135 Juno HT1.

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.


Squirrel HT1.Squirrel HT1.

Squirrel HT1 - John Bilcliffe.Griffin HT1 - John Bilcliffe.

H135 Juno HT1.H135 Juno HT1.

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