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Milestone anniversary marked at RAF Wittering

RAF Wittering, one of the oldest flying stations in the RAF, proudly celebrates their centenary this year.

Having played a prominent part in military operations since 1916, RAF Wittering continues to maintain an active airfield to support flying activities today.

Student pilots from 16 (R) Squadron

Home to approximately 1500 RAF, Royal Navy, Army, Ministry of Defence and industry personnel, the station has responsibility for a diverse range of operational units, mainly those which make up the RAF’s expeditionary engineering and logistics force.

The station celebrations got off to a flying start earlier this year as student pilots from 16 (R) Squadron successfully graduated from their elementary flying training. A celebratory dinner took place yesterday evening, and a special centenary journal has also been produced to commemorate the momentous occasion, which details the station’s journey from the Royal Flying Corps to current day operations.

Group Captain Rich Pratley, the Commanding Officer at RAF Wittering, said: "2016 is an important year. What we do here is massive. At RAF Wittering we train the next generations of Royal Air Force pilots and provide the deployed engineering and logistics that the RAF needs to support operations."

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