RAAF Base Wagga has been an integral part of the Wagga Wagga community since 1940.
The base delivers initial employment and postgraduate training, and supports two key headquarters of Wings from Air Force Training Group - RAAF College and Ground Training Wing - plus four major training units:
- No 1 Recruit Training Unit;
- School of Postgraduate Studies;
- RAAF School of Technical Training; and
- RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training
Combat Support Group units also support the base. No 31 Squadron is responsible for military coordination of the base, and combat support for operations and training activities for Australian Defence Force (ADF) units that operate from the base.
Wagga Health Centre and No 1 Expeditionary Health Squadron detachment provide health services to ADF personnel, and emergency response and first aid to the civil and defence community of the Riverina region when required. Their primary role is to support training and provide direct health support to the four major training units on RAAF Base Wagga.
In 1939 Allonville, a 300 acre farm was purchased for 12,500 pounds. The base was developed as â€˜RAAF Base Forest Hill' and first flew the RAAF Ensign on 29 July 1940. It was part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (known as the Empire Training Scheme) along with airfields at Uranquinty and Temora.
The first unit based at RAAF Base Forest Hill was No 2 Flying Training School, which is now located at RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia.
No 31 Squadron formed on 14 August 1942, flying Beaufighters and serving in combat during World War II. The Squadron was disbanded in 1946, but reformed in July 2010.
In 1946, RAAF Base Forest Hill was declared the home of all Ground Training, with the establishment of the Ground Training School. In May 1950 the RAAF School of Technical Training was established.
The base was renamed to RAAF Base Wagga in 1952, to identify with the broader community.
In 1985, the School of Management and Training Technology was established (but was later disbanded in 2004), and the School of Postgraduate Studies was established in 1998. In January 1999, Ground Training Wing was formed. This amalgamated with RAAF College in 2008 when the College moved from Point Cook in Victoria (where it had been since 1947), but in December 2009 they were made separate again. No 1 Recruit Training Unit also relocated to RAAF Wagga from RAAF Edinburgh in 2008.
The School of Administration and Logistics Training was established in 2005.
RAAF Wagga Heritage Centre
The Heritage Centre originally opened in 1995 as the 'RAAF Museum - Wagga Annex' to provide a focus on the Air Force's involvement in the Riverina and access to the history and memorabilia of military aviation and training.
RAAF Base Wagga is the last remaining Riverina World War II base within a network of bases incorporating Narrandera, Temora, Deniliquin, Tocumwal and Uranquinty. It is the only place to see regional-specific Air Force memorabilia, including photographs and documents, which show the activities of the region during World War II and after.
The Centre is also an important aid in promoting present day Air Force activities and tourism for Wagga, and supports numerous local Air Force Associations.
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 4pm.
Entry is free.
There is also a display of static aircraft at the front gate, which can be viewed at any time, and includes:
- Canberra bomber
- Meteor jet
- Sabre fighters
- Winjeel trainer
Visit Heritage Centres for more details.
Air Force has an honest and open approach to aircraft noise that may affect neighbours of our bases and training areas.
Our pilots and crews operate their aircraft in a way that minimises aircraft noise, and we freely distribute information about aircraft noise, such as Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) maps.
For more information, visit the Defence Aircraft Noise website or call 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).