RAAF Base Wagga

RAAF Base Wagga has been an integral part of the local Wagga Wagga community since 1940. RAAF Wagga delivers technical and non-technical initial employment and postgraduate training that is fundamental to the delivery of military air and space power in support of national objectives.

RAAF Wagga supports two key headquarters of Wings from Air Force Training Group; RAAF College and Ground Training Wing; along with four major training units; No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU), School of Postgraduate Studies (SPS), RAAF School of Technical Training (RAAFSTT), and the RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training (RAAFSALT).

Combat Support Group units also provide support to the base. No 31 Squadron is responsible for the military coordination of RAAF Base Wagga and provides combat support to operations and training activities for Australian Defence Force units operating from RAAF Base Wagga. Wagga Health Centre along with No 1 Expeditionary Health Squadron detachment provide high quality health services to Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, as well as providing emergency response and first aid to the civil and defence community of the Riverina region if required. Their primary role is to support training and direct health support to the four major training units on RAAF Wagga.

The Royal Australian Air Force’s RAAF Base Wagga, in NSW’s Riverina region, is referred to as the ‘Home of the Airman’ due to the presence of Air Force recruit and trade training schools.

Brief History of RAAF Wagga

In 1939 “Allonville”, a 300 acre farm was purchased for 12,500 pounds.

  • The base was developed and RAAF Base Forest Hill first flew the RAAF Ensign 29 July 1940
  • First unit based at RAAF Base Wagga was No 2 Flying Training School (2FTS) which is now located at RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia
  • RAAF Base Forest Hill was part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (known as the Empire Training Scheme) along with Airfields at Uranquinty and Temora
  • No 31 Squadron formed 14 August 1942, flying Beaufighters and served n combat during World War II
  • In 1946 RAAF Base Forest Hill was declared the home for all Ground Training with the establishment of the Ground Training School
  • May 1950 RAAF School of Technical Training established
  • In 1952 RAAF Base Forest Hill changed its name to RAAF Base Wagga to identify with the broader community
  • School of Management and Training Technology was established in 1985 and was disbanded on 31 December 2004
  • School of Postgraduate Studies established in 1998
  • In January 1999 Ground Training Wing was established at RAAF Base Wagga and was amalgamated with RAAF College in 2008
  • RAAF College was relocated to RAAF Wagga in 2008 after having been established in 1947 at Point Cook Victoria
  • School of Administration and Logistics Training was established in 2005
  • No 1 Recruit Training Unit relocated from RAAF Edinburgh to RAAF Wagga in 2008
  • In December 2009 Ground Training Wing was reestablished after splitting from RAAF College
  • No 31 Squadron re-formed in July 2010 after disbanding in 1946


RAAF Wagga Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre at RAAF Base Wagga was originally opened in 1995 as the 'RAAF Museum - Wagga Annex' to provide a focus on the RAAF's involvement in the Riverina and to provide access to the history and memorabilia of military aviation and military training. As the last remaining Riverina World War II Base within a network of bases incorporating Narrandera, Temora, Deniliquin, Tocumwal and Uranquinty; this Heritage Centre represents the only repository for regional specific RAAF memorabilia.

Memorabilia, photographs and documents on display are intended to represent the activities of the wider region during World War II and the subsequent activities at RAAF Base Wagga. With the advent of numerous anniversaries of significant military events in recent years, the Centre has become an important adjunct to the promotion of present day RAAF activities and tourism for Wagga. The Heritage Centre supports numerous RAAF Associations and will continue to maintain these strong historical regional specific links.

The RAAF Wagga Heritage Centre is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10am to 4pm, and entry is free.

In addition to the Heritage Centre, RAAF Base Wagga has a display of static aircraft at the front gate which can be viewed at any time. Currently a Canberra bomber, Meteor jet, Mirage and Sabre fighters and a Winjeel trainer may be seen on display.

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When flying, Air Force pilots and crews operate the aircraft in a way that minimises aircraft noise. Air Force has an honest and open approach about the noise experienced by residents living near our bases and training areas. Detailed information about aircraft noise, including Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) maps, is available at the Defence Aircraft Noise website or contact 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).

To view major training exercises and flying activities see www.airforce.gov.au/flyingoperations