AN opportunity to become acquainted with the engineering expertise available at RAF Stations and to study the degree of involvement in design and manufacture occurred recently when visiting Abingdon and Marham. An aircraft maintenance and storage depot, RAF Abingdon's prime activity centres around the Engineering Wing which undertakes major servicing on Jaguar and Hawk aircraft and more recently, Buccaneer as well, together with various long‐term modification programmes. Responsibility is taken for assessing complex aircraft repairs, the recovery, salvage and transportation of all RAF, Royal Navy and Army fixed wing aircraft and in addition, assisting when necessary, the Aeronautical Inspection Branch in the recovery of crashed civilian aircraft. Some specialist tasks are also carried out, such as aircraft weighing and support for the RAF's Inspectorate of Recruiting, as well as housing the Aircraft Battle Damage Repair School. Storage of Jaguar aircraft is also undertaken as well as some VC 10 work.
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