RAF Reserves come back to Aldergrove
Thursday, 12 September 2013
The Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) is to return to Northern Ireland with the re-birth of 502 (Ulster) Squadron RAuxAF, which was last seen in the skies in the late 1950s.
The Squadron is part of the RAF Reserves and will be recruiting part time volunteer reserves locally to support RAF operations throughout the world.
The Squadron will be based at Aldergrove Flying Station - formerly RAF Aldergrove - and will mark a significant return to Northern Ireland by the RAF as part of a UK wide initiative to develop reservist squadrons.
A range of opportunities will be open to people keen to develop their skills and sense of adventure contributing as part of the teams carrying out vital RAF roles such as aeromedical staff, flight operations staff, logisticians, personnel support staff, technicians and photographers.
The squadron had an illustrious record in World War Two when it was involved as part of Coastal Command's campaign against U Boats with many of the personnel drawn from Northern Ireland volunteers.
In the 1950s the Squadron's part-time pilots flew fighter jets from Aldergrove until the unit was disbanded in 1957.
A spokesperson said: "The reformation of the unit is part of the RAF's policy of increasing its reserve unit footprint across the UK as the size of the regular force is reduced.
“And the Service is delighted to be able to offer a fantastic and exciting opportunity to people in Northern Ireland to get involved in a hugely rewarding venture."
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