List of Wings of the Royal Air Force
Wings within the Royal Air Force have both administrative and tactical applications. Over the years, the structure and role of wings has changed to meet the demands placed on the RAF. Many of the RAF's numbered wings were originally Royal Flying Corps units.
Wings can be found at every station in the RAF and also abroad, deployed on operations.
- 1 Wings by number
- 2 Expeditionary Air Wings
- 3 Force Protection Wings
- 4 Miscellaneous Wings
- 5 Station-based Wings
- 6 Specialised Station-based Wings
- 7 Tactical Wings
- 8 References
Wings by number
No. 1 Wing - No. 99 Wing
No. 100 Wing - No. 199 Wing
No. 200 Wing - No. 299 Wing
No. 300 Wing - No. 499 Wing
- No. 300 Wing RAF
- No. 301 Wing RAF
- No. 302 Wing RAF
- No. 303 Wing RAF
- No. 321 Wing RAF
- No. 322 Wing RAF
- No. 323 Wing RAF
- No. 324 Wing RAF
- No. 325 Expeditionary Air Wing
(a) 14/9/42 - 30/6/43 - (Naval Co-operation) (b) 25/8/43 - 12/8/44 - (General Reconnaissance)links (c) 1 Apr 2006 - c.2009(?) - Expeditionary Air Wing - RAF Kinloss - Maritime Patrol and Surveillance
- No. 326 Wing RAF
- No. 328 Wing RAF
- No. 329 Wing RAF
- No. 330 Wing RAF
- No. 332 Wing RAF
- No. 333 Wing RAF
- No. 334 Wing RAF
- No. 335 Wing RAF
- No. 336 Wing RAF
- No. 337 Wing RAF
- No. 338 Wing RAF
- No. 339 Wing RAF
- No. 340 Wing RAF
- No. 341 Wing RAF
- No. 342 Wing RAF
- No. 343 Wing RAF
- No. 344 Wing RAF
- No. 345 Wing RAF
- No. 346 Wing RAF
- No. 347 Wing RAF
- No. 348 Wing RAF
- No. 349 Wing RAF
- No. 350 Wing RAF
- No. 351 Wing RAF
No. 500 Wing - No. 999 Wing
- No. 500 Wing RAF
- No. 551 Wing RAF - would have been part of Tiger Force, scheduled to be operational by 1 January 1946 at RAF Coningsby, as of August 1945. Formation does not seem to have been completed. Later served as part of Second Tactical Air Force at RAF Gutersloh in Germany in the mid 1950s.
- No. 552 Wing RAF
- No. 553 Wing RAF
- No. 554 Wing RAF
- No. 700 Wing RAF
- No. 701 Wing RAF
- No. 900 Wing RAF
- No. 901 Expeditionary Air Wing
- No. 902 Expeditionary Air Wing
- No. 903 Expeditionary Air Wing
- No. 904 Expeditionary Air Wing
- No. 905 Expeditionary Air Wing
- No. 906 Expeditionary Air Wing
- No. 907 Expeditionary Air Wing
- No. 908 Wing RAF
- No. 909 Wing RAF
- No. 910 Wing RAF
Expeditionary Air Wings
Formed on 1 April 2006, Expeditionary Air Wing's (EAW) are established at the following RAF Flying Stations:
- RAF Waddington – No. 34 EAW (ISTAR)
- RAF Brize Norton – No. 38 EAW (Air Transport)
- RAF Coningsby – No. 121 EAW (Fighter)
- RAF Leeming – No. 135 EAW (Training)
- RAF Marham – No. 138 EAW (Ground Attack)
- RAF Lossiemouth – No. 140 EAW (Fighter)
- No. 901 EAW
- No. 902 EAW
- No. 906 EAW
- No. 903 EAW
Force Protection Wings
Formed from RAF Regiment field squadrons and RAF Police components, Force Protection (FP) Wings are responsible for defending aircraft and personnel whilst deployed on operations. the overarching Force Protection Force HQ is located at RAF Honington. Each FP Wg is parented by an RAF Station with whom it is usually deployed:
- No 1 Force Protection Wing - RAF Wittering
- No 2 Force Protection Wing - RAF Leeming
- No 3 Force Protection Wing - RAF Marham
- No 4 Force Protection Wing - RAF Lyneham
- No 5 Force Protection Wing - RAF Lossiemouth
- No 6 Force Protection Wing - RAF Leuchars
- No 7 Force Protection Wing - RAF Coningsby
RAF Force Protection Wings were, until April 2004, were known as Tactical Survive To Operate Headquarters (Tac STO HQs).
- No 1 Air Mobility Wing - RAF Lyneham -HQ Squadron,44 Mobile Air Movements Squadron and 45 Mobile Air Movements Squadron.This is UK Mobile Air Movements Squadron (UKMAMS) expanded to wing strength.
- No. 85 Expeditionary Logistics Wing - RAF Wittering
A typical Royal Air Force flying station (not training) will have the following integrated wing-based structure:
- Administrative Wing / Base (Station) Support Wing
- Depth Support Wing
- Forward Support Wing
- Operations Wing
On a smaller RAF Station, these functions may be termed squadrons but their role is identical.
Specialised Station-based Wings
Some stations has Wings which are customised to their particular role with the RAF:
Wings termed 'Tactical' within the Royal Air Force provide are cohesive, specialised teams.
- Tactical Communications Wing - RAF Leeming
- Tactical Imagery-Intelligence Wing - RAF Marham
- Tactical Medical Wing - RAF Lyneham This unit has the Latin motto "Summum Bonum" which means 'for the highest good'.It became operational on 1 April 1996 and its CO is currently Wing Commander Alan Cranfield.Some of its sub-units are Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron,Deployable Aeromedical Response Teams (DARTS),Operational Training Squadron and Operations and Logistics Squadron.
- Tactical Provost Wing - RAF Brampton Wyton Henlow
- Tactical Supply Wing - MOD Stafford
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- "904 Expeditionary Air Wing". RAF. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
- "Falklands Garrison still going strong". MoD. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
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