RAF Brize Norton is located west of Oxford in Oxfordshire, and is home to Strategic and Tactical Air Transport (AT) and Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) as well as many lodger and reserve units.
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Aircraft operating from the base include C-130 Hercules (AT), A400M Atlas (AT), C-17 Globemaster III (AT), and Airbus A330 MRTT 'Voyager' (AAR). Brize Norton is also home to the RAF Falcons Paracute Team.
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RAF Brize Norton Scanner Frequencies
LARS (Radar) - 124.275, 278.350
Approach - 127.250, 231.950, *362.300
Zone - 119.000
Radar (Director) - 133.750, 399.025
PAR - 123.550, 362.225
Tower - 123.725, 269.175, *257.800
Ground - 121.725, 341.200
OPS - 130.075, 233.575
ATIS - 284.975, 126.500
*= NATO Common Frequency
Aircraft & Squadrons
RAF Brize Norton is home to Strategic and Tactical Air Transport (AT) and Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) aircraft.
The new A330 MRTT 'Voyager' replaced the Tristar and VC-10 air-to-air refuelling aircraft, and the new A400M Atlas replaces the C-130K Hercules transporter. The RAF currently operate eight heavy-lift C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.
RAF Brize Norton is home to No. 2 Group (Air Combat Support) RAF: 10 Sqn, 24 Sqn, 47 Sqn, 70 Sqn, 99 Sqn and 101 Sqn as well as No.622 (Reserve Aircrew) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force, No.4 RAF Force Protection Wing and the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.
No.2267 (No,22 Group) (Brize Norton) Squadron Air Training Corps, RAF: No. 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force and No.4626 (County of Wiltshire) Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force. The RAF Air Warfare Centre with No.206 (Reserve) Squadron - Test and Evaluation of A400M Atlas & Hercules C4/C5 and Joint Air Delivery Test & Evaluation Unit (JADTEU).
The British Army with the Royal Logistic Corps (16 Air Assault Brigade, 13 Air Assault Regiment) and Defence College of Logistics, Policing, and Administration (Defence Logistics School, Supply and Movements Training Wing).
The RAF Brize Norton Flying Club with Piper PA-28 Warrior aircraft are also based here.
10 Squadron - A330 MRTT 'Voyager' AAR.
24 Squadron (OCU) - C-130J Hercules/C-17/Atlas.
47 Squadron - C-130J/K Hercules.
70 Squadron - A400M Atlas.
99 Squadron - C-17 Globemaster III.
101 Squadron - A330 MRTT 'Voyager' AAR.
206(R) Squadron - Atlas & Hercules Test & Evaluation.
The C-130 Hercules will all be taken out of service by 2023. See the Strategic Defence and Security Review.
The official opening of RAF Brize Norton took place on 13 August 1937 and it was used as a training station until July 1942. It became the home of the Heavy Glider Conversion Unit until the end of 1945. During 1944, Brize Norton was used as a base for parachute and glider operations and equipped with Albemarles which were involved in dropping paratroops and launching Horsa gliders for the purpose of capturing bridges, six miles inland from the coast, over the River Orne and Caen Canal.
On 31 December 1945, RAF Brize Norton was transferred from Flying Training Command to Transport Command, and became the home of the Transport Command Development Unit and the School of Flight Efficiency. Flying Training Command returned to the Station for a short time in 1949 but the station was taken over by the USAF in 1951. The runway was lengthened, taxiways, and accommodation built before the arrival of B36 Convair Peacemaker bombers and B47 Stratojets.
On 1 April 1965 the Royal Air Force took back control of RAF Brize Norton and it became a Transport Command airfield. Aircraft based here were VC10s, Bristol Britannias, and Short Belfast C1 aircraft. In 1982, many TCW and Station personnel were deployed to Ascension Island in support of the Falkland Islands conflict. In 1983, the first TriStar aircraft arrived. In 1993, RAF Brize Norton became the centre for all Air-to-Air refuelling operations in the Royal Air Force. On 23 May 2001 the RAF's first C-17 Globemaster III arrived at Brize Norton. In 2005, VC10s were modified to air-to-air tankers. With the closure of RAF Lyneham taking place in late 2011, all the C-130 Hercules transporters were moved to Brize Norton.
On 13th July 2016, the Royal Air Force took delivery of its fourteenth and final Airbus A330-200 Voyager aircraft.