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List of Royal Air Force commands

This is a list of Royal Air Force commands, both past and present.[1]
Although the concept of a command dates back to the foundation of the Royal Air Force, the term command (as the name of a formation) was first used in purely RAF-context in 1936 when Bomber Command, Fighter Command, Coastal Command and Training Command were formed. Since that time the RAF has made considerable use of the term. Until early 2007, the RAF had two commands, Strike Command and Personnel and Training Command, which were co-located at RAF High Wycombe. On 1 April 2007, the two were merged to form Air Command.

Command Years active Notes
Aden Command
Air Command 2007–present
Air Command Far East 1946–1949
Air Support Command 1967–1972
Army Cooperation Command 1940–1943
Balloon Command 1938–1945
Bomber Command 1936–1968
Coastal Command 1936–1969
Eastern Air Command Formed on the basis of No. 333 (Special Operations) Group, November 1942.
Far East Air Force 1943–1971
Ferry Command 1941–1943
Fighter Command 1936–1968
Flying Training Command 1940–1968
Home Command 1950–1959
Iraq Command 1922–1932
Joint Helicopter Command 1999–present Under British Army command
Logistics Command 1994–1999
Maintenance Command
Mediterranean Air Command
Near East Air Force
Middle East Command
Personnel and Training Command 1994–2007
Reserve Command 1939–1940
1946–1950
Signals Command 1958–1969
Strike Command 1968–2007
Support Command 1973–1994
Technical Training Command 1940–1968
Training Command 1936–1977
Transport Command 1943–1967
Air Defence of Great Britain
Advanced Air Striking Force
British Air Forces in France
No. 1 Area
No. 2 Area
No. 3 Area
No. 4 Area
No. 5 Area
Training Division
Coastal Area 1919–1936
Central Area
North Eastern Area
North Western Area
Northern Area
South Eastern Area
South Western Area
Southern Area
Western Area
RAF Bengal and Burma
RAF Burma
RAF Germany 1959–1993
RAF Gibraltar 1942–present
RAF Iceland
RAF in Northern Ireland
RAF India
RAF Iraq
RAF Ireland
RAF Mediterranean
RAF Mediterranean and Middle East
RAF Middle East
RAF Rhine
First Tactical Air Force (Desert Air Force)
Second Tactical Air Force
Third Tactical Air Force
Allied Expeditionary Air Force
Balkan Air Force
Far East Air Force (Royal Air Force)
Mediterranean Allied Air Forces
Mediterranean Allied Coastal Air Force
Mediterranean Allied Strategic Air Force
Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force
Mediterranean Coastal Air Force
Middle East Air Force
Near East Air Force
Northwest African Coastal Air Force
Northwest African Tactical Air Force
Northwest African Strategic Air Force

See also

References

  1. ^ Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation
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