The Association of RAF Fighter Control Officers
Providing Expert Command & Control Wherever, Whenever!
“ All the ascendancy of the Hurricanes and Spitfires would have been fruitless but for this system which had been devised and built before the war. It had been shaped and refined in constant action, and was now fused together into a most elaborate instrument of war, the like of which existed nowhere in the world. ”
— Winston Churchill
About the RAFFCA
What is the FCA ?
The Association was formed in 1990, with the general aims of:
- Furthering the recognition and identity of the Fighter Control Branch
- Unifying and sustaining a spirit of comradeship among serving and retired members of the Aerospace Battle Management / Fighter Control Branch.
Nevertheless, the unofficial aims of the Association are to get together each year, meet up with old friends and have a good time!!
To become a member you must satisfy our Terms & Conditions.
Why Join ?
It is an association that has much to offer, you must ensure that you are eligible under the terms & conditions
Have direct access to a vast pool of FC/ABM experience ranging from WWII to Syria (That's a lot of conflicts & experience!)
Receive information regarding the Summer & Christmas functions
keep up-to-date on exciting projects via the website, our Facebook & Twitter pages (sign-up here)
Access extra content, including the Heritage Section, Message Boards & the ability to liaise with all of our members
How Do I Apply ?
Complete the on-line form using the links provided. We now accept multiple forms of payment, including PayPal!, just click on the button below to apply for membership
Contact Us using the link above and we can send you more information (or alternatively send you a paper copy of the application form for you to post - but why would you want to do that?!
The cost of your membership is £15 per year
Here you will see a selection of media to show the role of Fighter Controllers
The Association has a long-standing affiliation with the Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Museum. Bentley Priory was the headquarters from where the air defence of the United Kingdom was organized and managed from 1936 until 2000. It has been said that Bentley Priory is the spiritual home of the Fighter Pilots. In reality, Fighter Controllers have been intimately and directly involved with Bentley Priory and were a key component of the command formations that were based at Bentley Priory for 60 of those years and have an equal claim, alongside their fighter pilot colleagues, to call it their spiritual home.
The Association has sponsored the installation of three stained glass windows into the fabric of the building at Bentley Priory telling the story of the first air defence command and control system in the world that became known as the Dowding System. It was the military need to man and operate the Dowding System that led to the creation of the Fighter Control branch now the Aerospace Battle Management specialisation.
The three widows depict the two key tasks of the Dowding System and the technologies that made the system possible. The first window salutes the tactical picture building process and the second tells the story of tactical control. The third tells the story of the development of radar and the key role of communications.
The next project working with the Priory will be to undertake further enhancements to the Filter Centre in the museum that the Association did so much to create.
Our site contains more information, articles, pictures of our history & heritage. If you want to apply for membership, please read our Terms & Conditions and if you qualify then make an application above. If you want more information, please use the contact-us option above and we will endeavour to answer any of your queries.