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Old Sarum, Wiltshire, England

United Kingdom

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4.4183 Salisbury Hospital, England
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8.2347 Salisbury Plain, England
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12.6015 Bulford Camp, England

1917 to present

51° 5' 0'' N - 1° 47' 0'' 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 JWERoyal Air ForceSycamore 3WV783
1967-jun JWEFleet Air ArmWhirlwind HAS.7XN299
2007-jun BDACBoscombe Down Aviation CollectionSycamore 4XJ380
2012-jul Boscombe Down Aviation CollectionWaspXT437
2013-nov Boscombe Down Aviation CollectionWaspXT437
2014-oct-24 WaspXT437 / 423
2015-sep-14 ExhibitArmy Air CorpsScout AH.1XP899
2017-may-01 Helicopter Services LtdCabri G2G-PERU

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