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RAF Linton-on-Ouse
Station crest of RAF Linton-on-Ouse
Airport type Military
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Linton-on-Ouse
Elevation AMSL 53 ft / 16 m
Coordinates 54°02′56″N 001°15′10″W / 54.04889°N 1.25278°W / 54.04889; -1.25278
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 6,020 1,835 Asphalt
10/28 4,394 1,339 Asphalt

RAF Linton-on-Ouse (IATA: HRTICAO: EGXU) is a Royal Air Force station at Linton-on-Ouse near York in Yorkshire, England. It is currently a major flying training centre, one of the RAF's busiest airfields. It has satellite stations at RAF Topcliffe, RAF Church Fenton and RAF Dishforth.


Motto and mission statement



The station motto "A Flumine Impugnamus" translates from the Latin as "From the mighty river we strike".

Mission statement

The station's mission statement is:

Our mission is to train tomorrow's fast-jet aircrew


RAF Linton-on-Ouse opened on 13 May 1937 as a bomber airfield and was the home of No 4 Group until 1940.[1] The base's first commander was Wing Commander A D Pryor (1938 Air Force Lists).

When the Second World War began, bombers were launched from Linton to drop propaganda leaflets over Germany[1] and the base was eventually used to launch bombing raids on Norway, The Netherlands, Germany, and Italy.[1] Linton was one of 11 stations allocated to No. 6 Group, Royal Canadian Air Force during the war.

At the end of the war the station was involved with transporting passengers and freight back to the UK.[2] After which it became a fighter command station until it was closed for maintenance in 1957.[2]

On 9 September 1957,[2] the base was reopened as the home of No 1 Flying Training School (FTS) and was responsible for training pilots for both the RAF and the Navy.[2]

In 1985, engineering and supply services were contracted out to private firms. The contract for this is currently held by VT Aerospace.

Today, Linton-on-Ouse is used to provide fast jet pilot training before they move onto the BAE Hawk T.1 aircraft at No 4 FTS, RAF Valley in Wales. Weapon Systems Operators receive part of their training here also. In addition, the base is used by 642 VGS (Volunteer Gliding Squadron) to teach Air Cadets how to fly the Grob Vigilant aircraft. The station houses a memorial room which recounts the history of the base and the units which have been associated with it. [3]

Satellite stations

Linton is responsible for three satellite stations; RAF Church Fenton, RAF Topcliffe and RAF Dishforth.

RAF Church Fenton

RAF Church Fenton was opened in 1937 and served as a fighter base during the Second World War. Since 1973 the main role of Church Fenton has been pilot training and from 1998–2003 the station was the RAF's primary Elementary Flying Training centre.

The base is currently home to the Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron. Although parts of the airfield are now derelict and fenced off, the airside parts of the base are still active. The base has an active runway, used primarily for light aircraft, and a manned Air Traffic Control tower.

RAF Topcliffe

RAF Topcliffe was opened in 1940 as a bomber station under the control of RAF Bomber Command. In recent years the base has been primarily used for pilot training. It has been used by parachute display teams. The base is currently used by 645 Volunteer Gliding Squadron to training members of the Air Training Corps to fly self-launching gliders.

RAF Dishforth

RAF Dishforth opened in 1936 as a bomber airfield. After the war it began work as a training airfield and was used to convert pilots to the Douglas Dakota transport aircraft. The base is currently used as an Army Air Corps helicopter base and as a relief landing ground for Linton on Ouse.

Resident squadrons

The basic fast-jet training squadrons based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse are 207 Squadron and 72 Squadron. 76 Squadron was re-formed on 1 April 2007 subsuming the Tucano Air Navigation School. All squadrons are Reserve squadrons and are designated as 72(R), 76(R) and 207(R) accordingly. All squadrons operate the Tucano and include both RAF and RN Fleet Air Arm personnel. Also flying at Linton is No 642 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, part of the Air Cadet Organisation.

November 2008 incident

In early November 2008 Wing Commander Paul Gerrard, who is based at the station, was involved in an unusual mid-air rescue. Sixty-five-year-old Jim O'Neill was flying a two-seat Cessna aircraft from Scotland to Essex after a family holiday, when he had a stroke which caused temporary blindness. Gerrard was on a training flight, and after being alerted to the sistuation, located O'Neill's aircraft and over a 45 minute period, guided O'Neill to a safe landing at Linton.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Halpenny, Bruce Barrymore Action Stations: Military Airfields of Yorkshire v. 4 - Page 122
  2. ^ a b c d Halpenny, Bruce Barrymore Action Stations: Military Airfields of Yorkshire v. 4 - Page 130
  3. ^ "Relatives of hero pilot visit building named in his honour". Retrieved 2008-01-23.  
  4. ^ Wainwright, Martin (2008-11-08). "Pilot Struck blind in flight shepherded to safe landing by RAF". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-11-10.  

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