RAF Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, East Falkland
falkland islands / islas malvinas

4.6341 Pleasant Peak, East Falkland
8.9176 Mare Harbour, East Falkland
27.0 43 Estancia House, East Falkland
28.3 54 Mount Kent, East Falkland
32.0112 South Atlantic (GL),
34.1282 nr Camilla Creek House, East Falkland

1984 to present

51 49 19 secs S - 58 26 46 secs W
25nm WSW of Stanley
Elevation: 233 feet

RAF Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands is a purpose-built airfield for the RAF. During the 1982 war, Port Stanley airport (SFAL) was damaged and subsequently repaired. The RAF had used a small base at Port Stanley, but following a British government review of the Islands' defences, it was clear that a larger base was needed.
A site on East Falkand south of Pleasant Peak, on the road between Darwin and Fitzroy, 30 miles WSW of Port Stanley was chosen. After intensive work by contractors, the first aircraft landed in 1984 and on its completion in 1985, RAF Mount Pleasant was opened by His Royal Highness, the Duke of York.
The RAF moved from Port Stanley and the flying element of the base hosts the Tornado F.3s of 1435 Flight the transport and tanker aircraft of 1312 Flight, together with 78 Squadron's heavy lift Chinook HC.2s and the Combat SAR and Utility Sea King HAR.3s.

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
2007/16UK 1564 (tactical support) flightsea king 2007/16
1986/07UK 78 squadronMerlin HC.3 2007/14
414 - H-47D Chinook 1995/06
sea king 1986/07
CH-47C Chinook 1986/95
1986/98UK Bristow (Falklands)S-61 H-3 1983/98
1983/86UK 1564 (tactical support) flightsea king 1983/86

News about this location

AW189 Starts SAR for UK MoD in South Atlantic, 01-Apr-16 : AW189 and S-61N from AAR, BIH and Air Rescue Systems (ARS) commenced Search and Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter (SH) services to the British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) operations.


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By Date | By Serial

1987-feb-27 accidentUK Royal Air ForceCH-47C ChinookZA721
1987-nov UK Royal Air ForceCH-47C ChinookZA705
1987-nov-01 Sea King HAR.3ZA105 / S-D
1989 UK Fleet Air ArmLynx HAS2XZ248
1989-jul AR Aviacion de Ejercito ArgentinoUH-1H IroquoisAE-410
1989-jul-25 AccidentUK Royal Air ForceCH-47C ChinookZA717
1990-oct-19 Sea King HAR.3XZ597 / S
1991-jan-01 CH-47C ChinookZA709 / B
1991-jan-01 Sea King HAR.3XZ597 / S
1991-jan-01 Sea King HAR.3XZ591 / S
1998-mar-20 Sea King HAR.3XZ591 / S
1999-aug-05 UK Royal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZA713
1999-aug-05 UK Royal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZA671
2007-jul-05 S-61N Mk.IIG-BCEA
2007-aug-18 S-61N Mk.IIG-AYOY
2008-jun-01 S-61N Mk.IIG-BFRI
2015-jan-24 UK BristowS-92AG-CIGZ
2016 UK Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ593
2016 UK Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3ZE370
2016-apr-28 return to UKUK BristowS-92AG-CIHP
2016-apr-28 return to UKUK BristowS-92AG-CIGZ
2016-apr-28 return to UKUK BristowS-92AG-IACG
2016-jul UK British International HelicoptersS-61NG-ATBJ

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