Groves Air Power Centre

The Groves Air Power Centre came about when Recruit Training Squadron (RTS) took over the extensive Air Power library from RAF Kinloss as a result of the unit’s closure. 

The opportunity to add the excellent resource of books and other materials to their existing books and models saw RTS take full advantage of the opportunity to enhance the delivery of Air Power for trainees by re-homing the resource.

The function of the Groves Air Power Centre is for recruits and military personnel to access information to help them enhance their knowledge and help with the various courses and presentations that they have to do, one of which our basic trainees deliver whilst undertaking initial training.

In the centre, over three thousand books and magnetic media are housed. With most of these coming from far afield, they needed to be unpacked, sorted, filed and placed on the bookshelves. Nikki Redpath the Station Librarian was ably assisted in this task by Jan Thorne and Jean Barker. The Centre also boasts a stunning RAF timeline developed by Flt Lt Russ Keen and the Stn Photographic and Reprographic sections. Mike Reynolds and Ian Ludlow from the Station Workshops put up the time line around the wall and framed the photo’s on the stairs. The Centre looks very impressive with the latest presentation equipment and seating to complement the books and it is down to the hard work of all involved that the project has come to fruition.

On the 13th November, Air Vice-Marshal Lloyd, AOC No 22 (Training) Group officially opened the Groves Air Power Centre unveiling a plaque. The AOC was accompanied by Group Captain Elliot, Group Captain Squires DDefS, Seb Cox the Head of the Air Historical Branch and by Wing Commander Darren Moss, Officer Commanding Training Wing.

Air Vice-Marshal Lloyd said “this is an excellent facility that we are trying to invest in our people to be able to understand the beginning of Air Power and what the effect it has today.”

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