united kingdom MoD Lyneham

Royal Wootton Bassett, England
united kingdom

13.4 90EGDT Wroughton, England
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18.6346EGBP Cotswold / Kemble, England
20.1211 Outmarsh Farm, England
21.0 13 South Cerney, England
21.2251EGDQ RAF Colerne, England

1940 to 2012

51° 30' 19.08'' N - 1° 59' 35.99'' W
Elevation: 513 feet

Opened 18 May 1940 with grass runways, after surveys in 1937/38 and building had started in 1939. Became famous as the home of the Lyneham Transport Wing of C-130 Hercules tactical transports. Last mission flown in Jul 2011 and RAF handed back the site on 31 Dec 2012.
The UK Ministry of Defence was considering another rationalisation of Defence Engineering Training, after the failure of its centralisation plan for MoD St Athan in S Wales. It began to announce the closure of the Army SEAE at Arborfield in 2004 (for 2008). It had still not got all the ducks lined up by 2010, when the St Athan centralisation plan began to unravel. SEAE Arborfield closed in Apr 2015 and its Phase 1 move to Lyneham is likely to be the only one for the forseeable future, as neither the Royal Navy nor the RAF had bought in by Dec 2016, to the Lyneham centralisation.

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1991-jun-29 CH-47C ChinookZA712 / ER
2003-jun-06 MD902 ExplorerG-WPAS
2005-oct-01 CH-47D ChinookZH891
2006-feb-08 Lynx AH1XZ653
2007-may-29 Wessex HC.2XR528
2007-aug-01 412EPZJ707 / O
2008-apr-01 WAH-64 ApacheZJ222
2008-apr-01 WAH-64 ApacheZJ230
2008-may-02 Wessex HC.2XR528
2011-feb-12 Wessex HC.2XR528

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