British Military Aviation in 1994

23 March
The Aerospace Division of the Defence Research Agency, formerly the Royal
Aerospace Establishment, Farnborough, is closed.

1 April
Following a study of the Ministry of Defence’s headquarters structures
conducted by Sir Kenneth Macdonald in 1991, the Prospect Studies, Royal
Air Force personnel and logistics staff are removed from London and incorporated
with the staff of RAF Support Command to form two new commands:

  • RAF Personnel and Training Command (Headquarters, RAF Innsworth),
    under the command of Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Wilson (also the Air
    Member for Personnel)
  • RAF Logistics Command (Headquarters, RAF Brampton and RAF Wyton),
    under the command of Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Alcock.

1 April
The Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) is disbanded. The WRAF is the last
of the Service organisations for women to be disbanded, following the
dissolution of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and Women’s Royal
Army Corps (WRAC).

2 June
A Royal Air Force Chinook HC2 helicopter flying from Northern Ireland
to Inverness crashes on the Mull of Kintyre killing all 29 passengers
and crew.

The Royal Air Force’s first female fast jet pilot, Flight Lieutenant Jo
Salter, is posted No.617 Squadron (Panavia Tornado GR1B) at RAF Lossiemouth.