Commissioned Officers and Non Commissioned Other Ranks operated throughout the domestic, technical and airfield sites, providing essential ground services in support of air operations.
Maintenance and Servicing of aircraft and equipment was carried out by Technical / Engineering personnel, with work split between:
- Daily inspection, servicing and preparation of squadron aircraft, in readiness for air operations
- Ongoing maintenance work (incl. rectification of more complex faults)
- Scheduled servicing work
Work was undertaken by personnel (a) on strength of the squadron and (b) on strength of the station.
Personnel on strength of the squadron were responsible for daily inspection, servicing and preparation of squadron aircraft, in readiness for air operations (*) . Work, which was carried out on the dispersals, was only on aircraft and equipment that were on charge of the squadron.
(*) The role included:
1. Routine Maintenance checks such as: before flight, after flight and turn-round servicing, operational turn-round and readiness checks
2. Aircraft marshalling and towing
3. Replenishment of aircraft fuel tanks, engine oil reservoirs and assisting with role change and weapon loading
4. Routine maintenance of aircraft ground support equipment
5. Minor rectification and assisting technicians in the repair of more involved defects
Personnel on strength of the station were responsible for ongoing maintenance work (incl. rectification of more complex faults) and scheduled servicing. Work, which was carried out in the airfield hangars, was on all aircraft and equipment that were on charge of all the squadrons based at the station. Major scheduled services were carried out by personnel from a Maintenance Unit.
Note: Crew Chiefs (Chief Technicians) were responsible for the technical administration and co-ordination of the maintenance of specific aircraft. This involved liaising with the aircrew and the various trades regarding work that needed to be carried out on the aircraft and flying overseas (eg on Rangers) where they would co-ordinate personnel based at the “destination” airfield
When “Central Servicing” was in place (from March 1964) all technical and engineering work (including daily inspection, servicing and preparation of squadron aircraft) was carried out by personnel on strength of the station Technical Wing
Other Ground Trades
Other personnel carried out a range of technical and administrative duties such as Logistics, Air Operations Support, Intelligence, Administration and Personnel / Medical support.
Whilst personnel in these trades were primarily on strength of the station (providing services to all the squadrons that were based there), a small proportion were on strength of the squadron, undertaking squadron specific duties