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Edinburgh, Scotland
United Kingdom

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10.1 4 Donibristle, Scotland
12.0 71GBLEI Leith Docks, Scotland
12.1 72 Robb Caledon (Leith), Scotland
14.4101 Edinburgh RI, Scotland

1915 to present

55° 56' 59.27'' N - 3° 21' 45.07'' W
Elevation: 136 feet

History of this Location

Opened in 1915 as a grass strip west of Edinburgh for the Royal Flying Corps, it became RAF Turnhouse when the RFC merged with the Royal Naval Air Service to become the RAF on 1 Apr 1918.

Concrete runways were laid in the late 1930s as part of the RAF Expansion Programme and it was a busy base during WWII, especially during the Battle of Britain when raids on Edinburgh and Leith were launched by the Luftwaffe, from Norway and for FAA Air Groups whose carriers were in the nearby Firth of Forth.

By 1947, BEA operated a passenger service to London and although the RAF was still present, post war development was dominated by civilian, mainly commercial, aviation. The British Airports Authority took over the site in 1971 and added a new runway and made other improvements; these were formally opened by HM the Queen during her Silver Jubilee year in 1977. The RAF finally withdrew in 1996 and its buildings were quickly incorporated into a new cargo centre.

The past links with the RAF have not been completely forgotten; a full scale model of a Spitfire, marked as L1067/XT-D is mounted on a roundabout on the approach road to the passenger terminal.

Following a critical Competition Commission report for the UK Government, BAA was encouraged to divest itself of Edinburgh Airport. It achieved this in Apr 2012, with a sale to Global Infrastructure Partners (which also owned London City airport).

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List of units at Edinburgh

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1993/963 FltSA341B Gazelle AH.1 1993/09

List of aircraft and events at Edinburgh

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1959-sep-19 Battle of Britain Day airshowRoyal Air ForceSycamore 4XJ917
2000-jul-30 S-61N Mk.IIG-BCLD
2001-oct-16 EC135T1G-BZRS
2002-nov-03 R22 BetaG-BUBW
2003-mar-07 A109A-IIN188S
2003-jul-14 Sea King HAS.1XV671
2003-nov-10 R44 AstroG-DCSE
2004-may-15 AS350D AstarG-PLMB
2004-jul-10 Sea King HAR.3XZ592
2004-aug-21 AB206B-3G-BYBC
2005-jan-22 AB206B-3G-BYBC
2006-jan-19 WAH-64 ApacheZJ172
2006-jan-19 WAH-64 ApacheZJ230
2006-aug-08 AS532UL Cougar2375 / FV
2008-jun-20 S-76CG-JCBJ
2009-may-26 SA330E PumaZA936
2009-jul-27 CH-53G8484
2010-jun-03 AW109E PowerG-WOFM
2011-jul-29 AS355 Ecureuil 2G-BYZA
2015-aug-24 ZA Fireblade AviationAW139ZS-EOS
2018-oct-01 VisitingS-76CG-XXEB
2018-nov-25 bird strike429M-YMCM

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