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  • united kingdom Manston

    Ramsgate, Kent, England

    United Kingdom


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    4.7038EGG09 QEQM Hospital, England
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    23.2180 Dover CG, England
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    1916 to 2014

    51° 20' 31.92'' N - 1° 20' 46.00'' E
    2.5nm W of Ramsgate, Kent
    Elevation: 178 feet

    History of this Location

    Opened in 1916 for anti-Zeppelin and trials use, it became the main centre preparing RNAS aircraft for service in Flanders and France during WWI. Excavations were begun in 1918 for underground hangars (given its close proximity to continental Europe) but the work was never completed. The airfield was heavily and regularly damaged during summer 1940 and it was only in Jan 1941 that sustained operations from based squadrons could continue.
    Work began in 1943 to enlarge the main runway to assist damaged aircraft returning from Europe, which was completed in 1944. After WWII, Manston was a joint RAF and civilan airfield, the RAF using the ICAO code EGUM. After a period of use by the USAF, manston re-opened in Mar 1959 and its 61m wide main runway made it first choice as a Master Diversion Airfield for the RAF.
    Whilst civilian flying continued, regular RAF operations scaled down to Search and Rescue missions from 22 Squadron D Flight, which arrived in the early 1960s. Local protests broke out when the Flight left in 1969, to such an extent that the Government agreed to replace SAR cover and Bristows ran a SAR contract between Jun 1971 and Sep 1974 with a silver and orange Whirlwind. 72 Squadron D Flight returned officially in Oct 1974 but had perfomed a rescue 2 days earlier, while training with its Wessex.
    In 1982, Manston was reclassified as a Military Emergency Diversion Airfield and between Apr 1984 and Mar 1985, further improvements were carried out including re-surfacing the main runway and taxi-ways. A further proposed expansion was cut short by the collapse of the Berlin Wall and its military use went into decline, 202 Squadron F Flight left for Wattisham in Jul 1994, and it culminated in the closure of RAF Manston on 31 Mar 1999.
    London Manston Airport plc now runs Kent International Airport with many cargo and some passengar flights using the airfield. Helicopter and fixed wing charters are available as well as an air training operation.
    preserved/instructional/dump aircraft on field.
    Whirlwind XK968 : XN380 fake c/s H-19 (2001-2011) : Wessex XS482 (1996-untill now) : Chinook ZA676
    all for Fire Service Central Training Establishment FSCTE, Gazelle XW870 (2008-2011) : Wessex XR503 (2008) : XV720 (2008) : XV725 (2008-2011)
    As a result of the UKSRR SAR service main contract award from Apr 2015, Bristow has been enhancing SAR facilities due to start from here on 1 Jul 2015.
    The airport closed in May 2014 and plans have been proposed to turn the site into a business and residential park. Counter-proposals for re-development of the airfield as a freight / cargo hub are being developed and as of June 2015, the future is uncertain. Manston was one of the sites selected for the UKSRR SAR contract and Bristow has been forced to move its new operation to Lydd.

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    List of units at Kent International / Manston

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
    normal: Unit no longer at this base
    1988/94202 SquadronSea King 1978/15
    1976/8822 SquadronWessex 1974/97
    Whirlwind 1955/81
    1974/7672 SquadronWessex 1964/02
    1961/6922 SquadronWhirlwind 1955/81
    1952/58US 66th RQSS-55 H-19 1952/58


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    List of aircraft and events at Kent International / Manston

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    By Date | By Serial

    25-nov-20 407 G-FRNS
    1968-jul G I AirframeAAC Skeeter 7 XL735
    1968-oct G I AirframeAAC Skeeter 7 XN353
    1968-oct-02 G I AirframeAAC Skeeter 7 XN355
    1969 RAF Sycamore 4 XJ916
    1971-jun HM Coastguard HAR3 G-AYTK
    1971-jun HM Coastguard HAR3 G-AYNP
    1976-aug G I AirframeRAF HAR10 XP340
    1976-aug G I AirframeAAC Skeeter 7 XL735
    1977-feb G I AirframeRAF HAR10 XP357
    1978-sep G I AirframeAAC AH.1 XV125
    1996 7 Squadron CH-47C ZA676
    1998-jun ExhibitMinistry of Defence (MoD) HU.5 XS482
    2001-aug G I AirframeMinistry of Defence (MoD) HC.2 XR503
    2001-oct ExhibitRN HAS7 XN380
    2001-nov-29 G I AirframeRAF HT.3 XW870
    2004-jun-18 HU.5 XS482 / A-D
    2005-jun-18 HU.5 XS482 / A-D
    2006-apr ExhibitRAF HAR.2 XJ727
    2008 RAF HC.2 XV725
    2008 RAF HC.2 XR503
    2009-aug-26 Force AĆ©rienne Belge MK48 RS02
    2011-jul-21 HU.5 XS482
    2013-jun-03 412EP ZJ705
    2013-jul-08 National Grid 429 G-RIDB
    2013-jul-08 A109BA H20
    2013-aug-16 HMA.2 ZZ396
    2013-oct-03 MD902 G-SUSX
    2014-mar-20 CV-22B 11-0060
    2015-oct AAC AH1 XZ216
    2015-oct AAC AH1 XZ607
    2016-may-31 HM Coastguard AW139 G-CIJW
    2016-sep-03 HM Coastguard AW139 G-CIJW
    2018-dec-21 Launched846 NAS HC.3 ZJ132
    2018-dec-21 Launched846 NAS HC.3 ZJ135
    2018-dec-21 Launched815 NAS HMA.2 ZZ379
    2018-dec-21 Launched815 NAS HMA.2 ZZ529

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