The origins in the history of RAF  training can be traced back to 1878, when experiments with balloons were performed at Woolwich Arsenal in London. In 1911, an air battalion of the Royal Engineers was formed at Farnborough, Hampshire.

Also, in 1911, the first RAF training occurred, when 4 four naval officers took a course of flying instruction on airplanes at the Royal Aero Club at Eastchurch, Kent. The first naval flying school was formed in the same year.

In 1912, a combined Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was formed at Upavon on Salisbury Plain. However, it soon became clear that the Royal Navy required a specialized aviation capability and in July 1914, the naval wing of the RFC became the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS).

Outbreak of World War I

At the outbreak of World War I, the RFC, possessed 179 aircraft and 1,244 officers and men. Shortly before the end of the war, in 1918, the Royal Air Force was created when the RNAS and RFC were merged into the RAF, as the third part of the British Armed Forces.

At the end of the first world war. The RAF had nearly 291,000 officers and airmen, 200 operational squadrons and nearly the same number of training squadrons, with a total of 22,647 aircraft.

History of RAF Training – The Years Between the Word Wars

Directly after World War I, with the prospect of another European war remote, the RAF consisted of 33 squadrons, 12 of which 12 were based in the UK and the remaining 21 overseas.

The home squadrons served as a reserve for overseas reinforcement, and as service training units for personnel prior to their posting to the overseas squadrons.

To train permanent officers for the flying branch of the service, a cadet college was established at Cranwell, Lincolnshire, in 1920. The RAF staff college was opened in 1922 at Andover, Hampshire.

The School of Technical Training at Halton, Buckinghamshire fulfilled the need for trained mechanics, who needed possessed the various skills required by the RAF. 15-year-old boys started their apprenticeship on a three-year course for their chosen trade.

RAF recruits were initially commissioned for four years (later increased to six years), of which the first year was spent in training, followed by service in active squadrons.

Training at Civilian Establishments

With the likelihood of a second world war increasing, the RAF needed to provide the crews for the additional aircraft being manufactured. To overcome this problem, the RAF Volunteer Reserve and the Civil Air Guard were created to give training at civilian schools and flying clubs.

University air squadrons, the first of which had been set up soon after World War I to teach undergraduates to fly, and to encourage them to join the RAF as regular officers, expanded their activities to train more pilots ready to join the RAF.

By the outbreak of World War II, this training had provided the RAF with a large number of highly trained fighter squadrons ready to face the Germans.

RAF Initial Basic Training Kits for Recruits

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