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1933 to present

50 26 33.15 secs N - 4 59 48.03 secs W
3.5 nm ENE of Newquay
Elevation: 390 feet

Newquay Cornwall Airport (RAF St Mawgan)
Opened as a grass strip in Aug 1933 at Trebelzue Big Field, near Newquay. At the outbreak of WWII, it was requistioned as RAF Trebelzue and all civilian flying was stopped. It initially served as a satellite of nearby RAF St. Eval but was expanded with twin concrete runways by Dec 1941. In Feb 1943 it was re-named RAF St. Mawgan. In Jun 1943, the USAAF arrived and carried out a number of major improvements, including a new control tower and a further extension of the main runway. On 1 Jul 1947, the base was put under maintenance.
In Apr 1951 the station's 41 year Maritime Reconnaisance story began with the Lancaster MR.3, followed in Dec 1956 by the Shackelton MR.3s from RAF St. Eval, just up the road. In Mar 1965, Shackelton T.4s arrived from RAF Kinloss. During Oct 1969, the first Nimrod MR.1s arrived with 236 OCU. The last Shackelton with 42 Squadron left RAF St. Mawgan on 23 Sep 1971. Nimrod MR.2s began to appear from 1977 but with a further HM Treasury-led rationalisation, the last Nimrod (again with 42 Squadron) departed for RAF Kinloss in 1992.
SAR operations have been conducted by 22 Squadron A Flight between Apr 1956 and Nov 1958 with the Whirlwind HAR.2. 1360 Flight formed in Jan 1958 with the Whirlwind HAR.4 and was renumbered 217 Squadron in Feb 1958 before it detatched to Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean. 22 Squadron HQ remained here until Apr 1974 when it transferred to RAF Thorney Island but returned from RAF Finningley in Dec 1992 before departing to RMB Chivenor in Sep 1997. RAF St. Mawgan was home to the Sea King OCU, now known as 203(R) Squadron from Oct 1996 until its departure to RAF Valley in Aug 2008.
It was announced by the Ministry of Defence that ownership of the airfield facilities would pass to Cornwall County Council on 1 April 2007, following the end of the SERCO contract for the base. The RAF would continue to own the military buildings on the south of the site and would provide operational support until 1 Dec 2007, which was subsequently extended to 1 Dec 2008. The RAF met all its obligations but the transition into civilian operation was not smooth and there was a period of almost 3 weeks when flying had to cease in Dec 2008 until CAA certification was granted. Cornwall Council was in command, but not in control: on 20 Dec the airport re-opened as Newquay Cornwall Airport with the old ICAO code of EGDG being replaced by EGHQ.
The RAF base is to the south west of the main runway, the civil terminal to the north and Bristow is building a SAR complex to the north east (near the old Shackleton dispersal) to service its UK SAR obligations until 2026. Since May 2010, the RAF barracks also temporarily houses military personnel, involved in training exercises at the Penhale Training Area.
As a result of the UKSRR SAR service main contract award from Apr 2015, Bristow will be building new SAR facilities due to transition here from 771 NAS Sea Kings (from the RNAS Culdrose site), on 1 Jan 2016.

February 2015, RAF St Mawgan is only a ground station now with no access to the airfield estate, this being operated by Newquay Cornwall Airport Ltd. They are two completely seperate entities seperated by a rather large security fence but maintain a close working relationship. It is not true to say that St Mawgan remains a Military Emergency Diversion Airfield.

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List of units at Newquay Cornwall Airport (RAF St Mawgan)

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
2016/    Newquay sectorS-92 2016/   
2012/    FOSTSA365 Dauphin 2 1997/   
1996/08203(R) SquadronSea King 1996/14
1993/96SKTUSea King 1977/96
1992/9722 SquadronSea King 1994/15
Wessex 1974/97
1989/    Cornwall Air AmbulanceAW169 2019
MD902 Explorer 2014/   
EC135 2001/14
Bo105 1987/01
1958/59217 SquadronWhirlwind 1958/59
1957/581360 FltWhirlwind 1957/58
1956/7422 SquadronWessex 1974/97
Whirlwind 1955/81
1952/55Air/Sea Warfare Development UnitType 171 Sycamore 1952/55

News about this location

Cornwall Air Ambulance Celebrating 30 Years, 03-Apr-17 : In April 1987, Cornwall became the first place in the UK to launch an air ambulance helicopter service.

Bristow Hosts Air Scouts At Newquay, 01-Dec-16 : Over 250 Air Scouts enjoyed a trip to Bristow’s search and rescue helicopter (SAR) base in Newquay as part of the organization’s 75-year anniversary celebrations.

HM Coast Guard Newquay SAR Service Launch, 15-Dec-15 : The launch of the Newquay civilian UK search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service was marked today in a ceremony held at the new Coastguard SAR base at Cornwall Airport Newquay.

UK SAR Base at Newquay Cornwall Airport, 20-May-15 : A traditional topping off ceremony took place to mark the ongoing construction of the new search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base at Newquay Cornwall Airport.

List of aircraft and events at Newquay Cornwall Airport (RAF St Mawgan)

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1979-may-30 FR Armée de l'AirSA330B Puma1582
1981-jun-16 NL Koninklijke LuchtmachtSE3160 / SA316A Alouette IIIA-292
1981-jun-16 NL Koninklijke LuchtmachtSE3160 / SA316A Alouette IIIA-226
1981-jun-16 NL Koninklijke LuchtmachtSE3160 / SA316A Alouette IIIA-324
1982-sep-07 US US Marine CorpsUH-1N160829
1982-sep-07 US US Marine CorpsUH-1N160827
1983-aug-10 SE3160 / SA316A Alouette IIIA-499
1986-aug-05 Lynx Mk81283
1986-aug-06 Wessex HU.5XT766 / CU-822
1987-aug-04 Sea King HAS.1XV673 / 588
1987-aug-04 Wessex HU.5XT461 / CU-825
1989-sep NO LuftforsvaretSea King Mk.43A189
1990-aug-07 SA330E PumaXW225 / FE
1993-aug-04 Wessex HC.2XR518
1994-aug-02 BE Force Aérienne BelgeSea King Mk.48RS05
1995-apr G I AirframeFleet Air ArmS-61D-1XV372
1996-mar-27 deliveredRoyal Air ForceSea King HAR.3AZH542
1999-aug-18 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3ZE368
1999-aug-18 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ597
1999-aug-18 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ593
1999-aug-18 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ585
1999-aug-18 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ596
1999-aug-18 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3ZE369
1999-aug-18 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3AZH543
2001-jul UK Air AmbulancesEC135T1G-KRNW
2004-sep Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ586
2004-sep Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ599
2004-sep-04 Royal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZA673
2005-may-07 EC135T1G-KRNW
2005-aug-31 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ593
2005-aug-31 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ596
2006-aug-31 Royal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZH892
2007-aug Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ589
2011-may-31 AgustaWestland UKAW101 610ZR331
2012-oct-30 AgustaWestland UKAW101 641ZR342
2014-aug-26 Royal Air ForceSA330E PumaXW237
2014-aug-26 Royal Air ForceSA330E PumaXW219
2014-aug-26 Royal Air ForceSA330H PumaZJ955
2014-sep-30 NG Nigerian Air ForceAW101 641280
2014-oct-03 AgustaWestland UKAW101 641ZR339
2014-dec-17 US US Air ForceCV-22B Osprey11-0058
2015-feb-16 AgustaWestland UKAW101 641ZR345
2015-apr-27 DZ Al Quwwat Al Bahria Al Djaza eriaSuper Lynx mk140LC-33
2015-may-15 Royal Air ForceEH101 Mk.512ZK001
2015-aug-04 AgustaWestland UKSuper Lynx mk140ZK192
2015-sep-10 KR Daehanminguk HaegunAW159 21015-0603
2015-oct G I AirframeFleet Air ArmSea King HAS.1XV700
2015-oct-20 KR Daehanminguk HaegunAW159 21015-0605
2015-nov HM CoastguardS-92AG-MCGZ
2015-nov-23 HM CoastguardS-92AG-MCGY
2016-jan-01 HM CoastguardS-92AG-MCGZ
2016-jan-20 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ587
2016-jan-28 Army Air CorpsLynx AH7ZE380
2016-feb-24 Western Power DistributionEC135P1G-WPDA
2016-jun-08 Fleet Air ArmSA365N2 Dauphin 2ZJ165
2016-dec-11 Royal Air ForceWessex HC.2XR498
2017-may British International HelicoptersS-61N Mk.IIG-ATFM
2018-mar-02 HM CoastguardS-92AG-MCGZ
2018-mar-20 Royal Air Force412EPZJ240
2018-mar-20 Royal Air Force412EPZJ242

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