Members and volunteers of Eastcote Residents' Association were treated to a tour of RAF Northolt in June.
RAF Northolt have long offered members of the public the opportunity to visit the base on "open days" to get a feel of life on an active RAF station and get an opportunity to see a number of aircraft up close and personal. In addition RAF Northolt, which celebrates its 100th birthday in 2015, often arranges private guided tours of its facilities to local residents groups, clubs and schools.
A small group of ERA members and volunteers recently enjoyed such a visit, being treated to an insight of what goes on daily at RAF Northolt, which is home to 32 (The Royal) Squadron and 600 Squadron. It was also home to the legendary 303 squadron during WWII and played a key role in the Battle of Britain. As such, RAF Northolt has recently completed a significant renovation of the Battle of Britain bunkers, which moved from RAF Uxbridge after its closure.
Key features of the day included a visit to 32 Squadron, who are responsible for Royal, VIP & Government flights. A Visit to the VIP lounge which features historical memorabilia including that of 303 squadron. A visit to the Battle of Britain bunker, which is being built to commemorate the role of the RAF in WWII and is due to be fully restored by 2015 in time for the 100 year anniversary of RAF Northolt.