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Flying Training Command
Command Crest
Founded 27 May 1940
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Role Flying training
Headquarters Shinfield Park, Reading
Motto(s) Per Laborem ad Summa
Latin: Through toil to Supremacy[1]
Engagements World War II

Flying Training Command was an organization within the Royal Air Force which controlled units responsible for delivering flying training. The command's headquarters were at Shinfield Park, Reading in Berkshire.

History[edit | edit source]

Flying Training Command was formed from the elements of Training Command which were responsible for flying training on 27 May 1940;[2] Reserve Command, formed 1 February 1939, was absorbed into Flying Training Command on the same date.[2] The remainder of Training Command became Technical Training Command on the same date. No. 21 Group was transferred to Flying Training Command on 27 May 1940, responsible for the RAF College and the Service Flight Training Schools from the Midlands northwards. Nos 50, 51, and 54 Groups were flying training organisations transferred from Reserve Command to Flying Training Command when it was formed. Flying Training Command was eventually re-absorbed into the newly re-established Training Command on 1 June 1968.[2]

No. 23 Group was reformed as No 23 (Training) Group in Inland Area on 12 Apr 1926 by re-numbering No. 3 Group RAF. It was transferred to RAF Training Command on 1 May 1936. It was then transferred again to Flying Training Command on 27 May 1940. It was reabsorbed into Training Command in 1968 and disbanded on 2 May 1975.[3]

Shinfield Park[edit | edit source]

After Flying Training Command left, the Meteorological Office College relocated from Stanmore, Middlesex in October 1971.[4] In 2004 both the College and the Met. Office HQ in Bracknell relocated to Exeter, Devon.[5] The site has since been developed into residential accommodation, although The Lodge, the centrepiece of Shinfield Park and a Georgian listed building, remains and is waiting redevelopment.[citation needed]

Air Officers Commanding-in-Chief[edit | edit source]

Air Officers Commanding-in-Chief were:[2]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Leslie Gilbert Pine: "A Dictionary of Mottoes", 1983, Routledge, ISBN 0-7100-9339-X
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - RAF Home Commands formed between 1939 - 1957, accessed 24 May 2008
  3. Air of Authority
  4. "Shinfield Players Theatre". Boardtreaders.tgis.co.uk. http://www.boardtreaders.tgis.co.uk/AboutUs.html. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  5. The Met Office in Exeter Exeter City Council

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

External links[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
Training Command
Flying Training Command
Succeeded by
Training Command

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