List of Royal Air Force aircraft independent flights

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This is a list of Royal Air Force independent Flights. An independent Flight is a military administrative structure which is used to command flying units where the number of aircraft is not large enough to warrant a fully fledged squadron.

RAF Coastal based numbered Flights 1918–1929

Royal Air Force Numbered Flights 1923–36

later Fleet Air Arm of the RAF numbered Flights

Fleet Air Arm of the RAF numbered catapult Flights 1936–1939

Numbered flights RAF 1940 on

Air Experience Flights

Air Sea Rescue Flights

Aircraft Delivery Flights

Anti-Aircraft Co-operation/Calibration Flights

Blind Approach Training Flights

Name[1][2] Formed Location Aircraft Disbanded at Disbanded Unit became
1 Blind Approach Training Flight 12 January 1941 Abingdon Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Abingdon 8 November 1941 1501 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
2 Blind Approach Training Flight February 1941 Linton-on-Ouse Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Driffield 8 November 1941 1502 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
3 Blind Approach Training Flight 27 January 1941 Mildenhall Vickers Wellington Mildenhall 8 November 1941 1503 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
4 Blind Approach Training Flight 17 December 1940 Wyton Vickers Wellington Wyton 8 November 1941 1504 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
5 Blind Approach Training Flight 1 January 1941 Honington Vickers Wellington
Airspeed Oxford
Honington 8 November 1941 1505 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
6 Blind Approach Training Flight 6 January 1941 Waddington Bristol Blenheim
Handley Page Hampden
Airspeed Oxford
Douglas Boston
Waddington 8 November 1941 1506 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
7 Blind Approach Training Flight 18 January 1941 Finningley Bristol Blenheim
Handley Page Hampden
Airspeed Oxford
Finningley 8 November 1941 1507 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
8 Blind Approach Training Flight January 1941 Wattisham Bristol Blenheim Horsham St Faith 8 November 1941 1508 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
9 Blind Approach Training Flight January 1941 Thornaby Vickers Wellington
Airspeed Oxford
Dyce 8 November 1941 1509 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
10 Blind Approach Training Flight January 1941 Leuchars Vickers Wellington
Airspeed Oxford
Leuchars 8 November 1941 1510 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
11 Blind Approach Training Flight 22 September 1941 Upwood Airspeed Oxford Upwood October 1941 1511 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
12 Blind Approach Training Flight 22 September 1941 Dishforth Airspeed Oxford Dishforth October 1941 1512 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
13 Blind Approach Training Flight 22 September 1941 Honington Honington October 1941 1513 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
14 Blind Approach Training Flight 22 September 1941 Coningsby Coningsby October 1941 1514 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
15 Blind Approach Training Flight 22 September 1941 Swanton Morley Airspeed Oxford Swanton Morley October 1941 1515 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
16 Blind Approach Training Flight 22 September 1941 Topcliffe Llanbedr October 1941 1516 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
17 Blind Approach Training Flight October 1941 Wattisham Airspeed Oxford
de Havilland Tiger Moth
Ipswich October 1941 1517 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
20 Blind Approach Training Flight 10 October 1941 Breighton Airspeed Oxford
de Havilland Tiger Moth
RAF Holme October 1941 1520 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
21 Blind Approach Training Flight October 1941 Stradishall Airspeed Oxford Stradishall October 1941 1521 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
22 Blind Approach Training Flight October 1941 Docking Airspeed Oxford Docking October 1941 1522 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
23 Blind Approach Training Flight October 1941 Little Rissington Little Rissington October 1941 1523 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
24 Blind Approach Training Flight October 1941 Bottesford Airspeed Oxford Bottesford October 1941 1524 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
25 Blind Approach Training Flight October 1941 Brize Norton Brize Norton October 1941 1525 (Beam Approach Training) Flight
26 Blind Approach Training Flight 3 October 1941 Andover Airspeed Oxford Thruxton October 1941 1526 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

Calibration Flights

Coast Defence / Co-operation Flights

Communication Flights

Conversion Flights

Meteorological flights


Seaplane Training Flights

Miscellaneous Flights


Target Towing Flights

See also

References

Citations

  1. Lake 1999, p. 37.
  2. Lake 1999, p. 38.
  3. Lake 1999, p. 9.
  4. Lake 1999, p. 35.
  5. Lake 1999, p. 41.
  6. Lake 1999, p. 56.
  7. Lake 1999, p. 57.
  8. Lake 1999, p. 66.
  9. Lake 1999, p. 109.

Bibliography

  • Lake, A (1999). Flying units of the RAF. Shrewsbury: Airlife. ISBN 1-84037-086-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge Wells, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.
  • Sturtivant, R C (15 February 1957), "Below Squadron Status Part I" (pdf), Flight<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>