The Station

RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire trains, delivers and supports UK and overseas Expeditionary Air Operations.

The Station is home to a range of squadrons and lodger units with broad expertise. As it's in close proximity to training areas at Spadeadam, Otterburn and Catterick, RAF Leeming is the preferred site for deployed exercises and detachments from UK and overseas units.

Straight and true


Group Captain Paul Hamilton

Group Captain Paul Hamilton took command at RAF Leeming in 2023 following an MOD tour in which he led the military team overseeing Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

He deployed as Officer Commanding 7 Force Protection Wing on Exercise Saif Sareea 3 and was the RAF’s Force Protection Pillar lead for its reintegration into the NATO CAPEVAL process - the first time that the RAF had conducted such an evaluation in 15 years. Hamilton oversaw the UK’s response to COVID on operations, Op Pitting and the Ukraine as DACOS J3 Operations Support at Permanent Joint Headquarters.

Who's based here


UAS Squadrons




RAF Leeming was built in 1938 as a bomber base, with the first sortie conducted in a Whitley bomber in 1940.

It became a Basic Flying Training School in 1961 and the Central Flying School arrived in 1977. 

In 1984 RAF Leeming joined Number 11 Group Strike Command and was revamped to open in 1988 as a major operational station. After 20 years of defending the UK skies RAF Leeming’s Tornado F3 days ended with the disbandment of XXV(F) Sqn in 2008.

100 Squadron, equipped with the Hawk jet, was based at RAF Leeming from 1995 until its disbandment in 2022. Its role evolved, finishing as an Aggressor Squadron, delivering operational training including support to the Typhoon Force and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) serials.

The close link with the JTAC world was enhanced with the arrival the Joint Forward Air Control and Standardisation Unit (JFACTSU).

The 90 Signals Unit moved to RAF Leeming in 2007 and now account for around half the Station population, with around 950 personnel providing vital information and communication services to operations within the UK and around the world.

Key dates

1940   RAF Leeming officially opened.

1942   The Station was handed over to the No 6 (Royal Canadian Air Force) Bomber Group.

1984 - 1988   The station underwent a £148m reconstruction based around the new F2 Air Defence Variant Tornado.

2007   90 Signals Unit arrived from RAF Brize Norton and formed the largest lodger unit on the station.

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