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  • united kingdom Old Sarum

    Old Sarum, Wiltshire, England

    United Kingdom


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    6.1181EGH88 Salisbury Hospital, England
    6.5023EGDM Boscombe Down, England
    6.5344 Salisbury Plain, England
    7.2059 Porton, England
    9.0013 Solstice Park, England
    9.7040 Newton Tony, England

    1917 to present

    51° 5' 56'' N - 1° 47' 3'' W
    1nm NE of Salisbury
    Elevation: 285 feet

    History of this Location

    Originally known as Ford Farm and renamed RAF Old Sarum at the end of WWI, in 1918. It has been the scene of much Army Cooperation work, up to and through WWII when 9 AOP units were based here and as the location of joint services units, such as the School of Air Support and later the School of Land/Air Warfare. Although flying was mostly limited to communciations, important work was to be done by the RAF and the Army with the introduction of the helicopter, through the Helicopter Development Unit in the early 1960s. The RAF passed the base to the Army in 1971.
    By 1979 it had been closed as a military establishment, although the Government still used some of the buildings. A factory for building a low volume civil aircraft had been opened but a fire in Jan 1987 burnt it down and the old guard house was demolished towards the end of 2002. A Flying Club started in 1992 and the airfield is now used for general aviation.
    Early 1960 ARMY/RAF started A.A.T.D.C later J.A.T.E AAC Beavers and one Royal Navy Whirlwind

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    List of units at Old Sarum

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
    normal: Unit no longer at this base
    2012/    BDACType 171 Sycamore 2007/   
    Wasp 1995/   
    1961/63HDUType 171 Sycamore 1961/63
    1921/41SACC.30 1934/41

    List of aircraft and events at Old Sarum

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    1963-apr-01 JWERAF Sycamore 3 WV783
    1967-jun JWERN HAS7 XN299
    2007-jun BDACBoscombe Down Aviation Collection Sycamore 4 XJ380
    2012-jul Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Wasp XT437
    2013-nov Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Wasp XT437
    2014-oct-24 Wasp XT437 / 423
    2015-sep-14 ExhibitAAC AH.1 XP899
    2017-may-01 Helicopter Services Ltd Cabri G2 G-PERU

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