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Enjoy lunch in Refuel with views overlooking the airfield. The Cold War Cafe in the National Cold War Exhibition is ideal for morning coffee and a cake.
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Discover our brand new green space in which to picnic and relax
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We now have six charging points for electric vehicles
When you need to refuel during your visit why not visit Claude's between Hangars 2 and 6? At this eatery you will find a variety of delicious home-made offerings to suit all tastes and pockets
Step back into time and onto Lancaster Bomber 'G for George' to witness this iconic campaign
Sit in our Mk16 Spitfire and receive a tour of its cockpit or try out our new virtual reality experience and pilot your own Spitfire. Charges apply.
Specially created for visitors 3 - 8 by our Access and Learning Team
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"To train instructors, test individual aircrew, audit the Flying Training System, give advice on flying training and provide a formation aerobatics display team."
The Central Flying School (CFS) was established on 12 May 1912. Courses taught navy and army pilots advanced flying skills and a ground training syllabus focused on aerial warfare.
In 1920 the CFS became the Flying Instructors School (FIS). Building on the work of Major Smith-Barry and the School of Special Flying at Gosport it produced Qualified Flying Instructors (QFI).
Over the next 10 years a number of RAF flying training schools were formed and the FIS reverted back to the CFS at RAF Wittering.
In 1935 as part of the RAF's expansion scheme, the CFS became a unit within Flying Training Command and returned to RAF Upavon. From 1937 one aircraft of each new type being developed was sent to the CFS so that its flying characteristics could be assessed.
During the 1940s the need for a "training conference in permanent session" was identified and the Empire Central Flying School (ECFS) was established. The majority of CFS staff transferred to this unit whilst the remainder at RAF Upavon formed No. 7 FIS.
The Central Flying School was re-established in 1946 at RAF Little Rissington. It became once more the only RAF school training flying instructors and has continued to develop in line with the training needs of the RAF.
In 1953, with flying training becoming a two-stage scheme, basic and advanced squadrons were set up and a Helicopter Development Flight was also formed.
Since 1995 the CFS training remit has also expanded with additional instructional roles being recognised. These include Navigator Instructor (QNI) and Air Electronics Instructor (QAEI).
Today CFS HQ is based at RAF Cranwell.
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