RAF Wittering is located in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. The runway actually crosses the boundary between Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.
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RAF Wittering is home of the 'A4 Force' (RAF's engineering and logistic Air Combat Support Units) and is a major Station for flying training with the Tutor T1.
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RAF Wittering Scanner Frequencies
Approach - 234.075
Zone - 344.600, 119.675
Talkdown - 276.650, 372.125, 135.200
Tower - 379.100, 127.975, *122.100
Ground - 276.850, *122.100
ATIS - 123.925
*= NATO Common Frequency
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 logistic support needed to sustain RAF operations and exercises around the world, from explosive ordnance disposal to catering, and aircraft repair to ground transport vehicles.
RAF Wittering is a major Station for flying training with elements of No.3 Flying Training School consisting of No.16 Squadron operating the Tutor T1 in the elementary flying training role. The Squadrons of No.6 Flying Training School, teach qualified pilots to become flying instructors, deliver elementary flying training to University Air Squadron students and give Air Cadets their first flying experiences with No.115 Squadron, University of London Air Squadron, Cambridge University Air Squadron and No.5 Air Experience Flight, all operating the Tutor T1. Wittering is also headquaters for the South & East Midlands Wing Air Training Corps.
The British Army Royal Engineers (8 Engineer Brigade) are also based here with Headquarters 12 (Force Support) Engineer Group and Headquarters and elements of 20 Works Group Royal Engineers (Air Support), 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group.
The RAF Tutor Display Team is based at RAF Wittering.
16 Squadron - Grob Tutor.
115 Squadron - Grob Tutor.
University of London Air Squadron - Grob Tutor.
Cambridge University Air Squadron - Grob Tutor.
No.5 Air Experience Flight - Grob Tutor.
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.