united kingdom RAF Boulmer

Boulmer, England
united kingdom

13.5188 Acklington, England
32.0170 Blyth, England
32.9169 Blyth Shipbuilders, England
42.9187EGNT Newcastle, England
48.3168 North Shields, England
48.5174 Swan Hunter, England

1943 to present

55 25 13 secs N - 1 36 W
3.5nm E of Alnwick, Northumberland
Elevation: 44 feet

The site at RAF Boulmer was built in 1940 as a decoy airfield for RAF Acklington. In Mar 1943 it re-opened as a forward base for the Spitfires of 57 OTU and between then and Nov 1943, 3 tarmac runways were laid. The site reverted to agricultural use after World War 2 but as the Cold War intensified, land near the original base was obtained and building commenced for Air Defence radars and a Control centre, to be re-opened in Jun 1953 as a satellite of RAF Acklington. By 1954 it had become an independent RAF station. In late 1957, Boulmer took responsibility for other, remote radar heads and became an important part of the UK Air Defence Ground Environment (UK ADGE).
In 1978, Boulmer became home to the Whirlwind HAR.10 of 202 Squadron for a short time, when RAF Acklington closed. Between Sep and Dec 1978, the Whirlwinds began to be replaced by the Sea King HAR.3. In 1993, the peace dividend manifested itself through a standby role in Air Defence for RAF Boulmer. By 2002, UK ADGE had become the improved and upgraded UK Air Surveillance and Control System (UK ASACS) and Boulmer was once again taking on major roles from other sites in the chain.

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1975/15202 squadronWessex HC.2 1982/83
sea king 1978/15
whirlwind 1964/81


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1985-feb-01 Sea King HAR.3XZ590 / F
1985-feb-01 Sea King HAR.3XZ587 / C
2014-apr-19 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ591
2014-aug-09 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ586
2014-aug-09 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ590
2015-sep-30 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ585

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