RAF Little Rissington to reopen

The MOD have announced today that RAF Little Rissington is to reopen. Air Vice Marshal Chumondley said we are looking forward to reactivating RAF Little Rissington to full operational status with state of the art J35 strike fighters in 2020.

He said the aircraft would enter service with the RAF in 2019 and he went onto to say that the refurbished Officers Mess would make ideal temporary accommodation until new accommodations are constructed near Great Rissington. He also said the abandoned Village Hall would be requisitioned as a temporary office within the next few days to make arrangements for the reopening ceremony at Little Rissington.


The Royal Air Force and Royal Navy plan to operate 138 F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing aircraft. Their training will take place at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina, where British pilots and maintainers will be embedded with the U.S. Marine Corps and their fleet of F-35Bs. In February 2015, the RAF 17 Squadron, which is responsible for the operational test and evaluation of the UK’s first F-35s, was formally stood up at Edwards AFB, California.

The United Kingdom has played integral role on the Joint Strike Fighter since the program’s earliest days. Even before a final aircraft concept was chosen, British engineers and test pilots were making their mark on what would become a revolutionary capability. Under the desert sky at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., British test pilot left onlookers awestruck as he took the X-35B prototype out for its first flight on June 23, 2001.

A mere four months later, after witnessing the aircraft’s impressive performance, U.S. and U.K. defense officials announced Lockheed Martin’s concept would go on to become the Joint Strike Fighter. In the years since, the F-35 has continued to evolve. It’s advanced stealth, sensor fusion, exceptional maneuverability, unmatched interoperability, and intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capabilities will provide the U.K. with a tactical airpower advantage for decades to come.

The Lightning II will be the backbone of Britain’s future carrier operations. As the first supersonic short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) fighter jet, the F-35B will provide vital 5th Generation carrier-strike capabilities to the Royal Navy’s two new carriers – the HMS Queen Elizabeth (christened July 4, 2014) and HMS Prince of Wales. These new Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers are designed specifically for integration with the F-35B aircraft, including a ski jump ramp for short takeoffs in place of the traditional catapult launch. The F-35B also has the ability to operate from land bases and remote locations, providing versatility that will revolutionize the U.K.’s expeditionary combat power.

9 thoughts on “RAF Little Rissington to reopen

  1. The thing is, now I have to tell my wife it was a joke and that I had not been named Senior Advisor … Very Senior Advisor I might add. She had her bags packed and ready to go

  2. As a potential buyer in Great Rissington this spoof has activated my investigation into the future of the airfield. It appears that heavies as well as fast jets could be using it for circuits and bumps training among other things that could create a level of noise pollution adverse to property prices.

    1. as far as we know, they use the field OCCASIONALLY, and it is a real treat to all of us. many run out with cameras, binoculars, flags to wave, and quickly post on FB. we see paras doing their jumps, chinooks landing and taking off, and some more ‘unusual’ planes. the gliders will be operational soon as well.

  3. John,

    Think you are safe noise wise. VGS will be back soon with more motorised gliders than a couple of years ago and this in reality will be the major noise polluter. Even then shouldn’t be too much.

    As for the fast jets – in reality I don’t see that happening. Little Rissi’ is officially a relief landing ground for Brize. We get the odd JATE traffic, which is a very occasional helicopter or once in a blue moon a C130.

    That’s your lot. It wouldn’t put me off.

  4. Well Jackie and Jay thanks for the heads up. It is a bit weird that Rissington could be used for much given there is no ATC. Even with today’s technology one still needs ‘eyes on’ if there is to be an uplift. Having said all that, there are a number of sites indicating an increase. I will pursue the matter whilst we progress a possible purchase. Again thank you. Regards John.

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