united arab emirates RAF Sharjah

united arab emirates

13.0115OMSJ Sharjah International Airport, Sharjah
13.2195OMDB Dubai, Dubai
18.5226 Al Mina, Dubai
53.3219 Jebil Ali, Dubai
58.1203OMDW Dubai Intl, Jebel Ali
60.6 62OMRK Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah

1932 to 1977

25 22 N - 55 24 E
0.5 nm sw of Sharjah
Elevation: 35 feet

Airfield was used from 1932 by Imperial Airways, a landing strip and key refueling point for intercontinental stop-overs and postal service. RAF Sharjah opened in 1940 and the base was extended. It came under the administration of RAF Bahrain from 1950. In 1974, construction began on a new international hub at a site 9 km or so away. Sharjah International Airport opened on 1 Jan 1977 and the RAF station closed, with the base handed over to the Emirate of Sharjah. As the town of Sharjah (Ash Shariqah) expanded, it incorporated the main runway into its road system.  Only the old control tower remained in 2002.

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1967/71UK 78 squadronWessex HC.2 1965/71


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1967-oct-17 UK Royal NavyFearless classL10 HMS Fearless
1967-nov-29 UK Royal NavyFearless classL11 HMS Intrepid
1968-aug-02 UK Royal Air ForceWessex HC.2XR497

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