Gibraltar International Airport


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Satellite and aerial maps of RAF Gibraltar with nearby locations

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Gibraltar Harbour , 2.2199
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Algeciras Heliport , Andalusia 8.7259LEAG
Punta de Europa Hospital , Andalusia 9.3242
La Almoraima , Andalusia 16.9333LEAA
Ceuta Heliport , Ceuta 28.9172GECE

  RAF Gibraltar

1915 to present

36° 9' 0'' N     5° 21' 0'' W
1nm N of Gibraltar - North Front, Gibraltar
Elevation: 15 feet

RAF Gibraltar
Opened in 1915 on the old Gibraltar racecourse, it became an RAF base after WWI.

Following concern over Italian activity in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) work began on an emergency landing ground to operate in concert with the racecourse, on 3 Sep 1934. It transferred briefly to RN adminstration in Sep 1940 under HMS Cormorant until Aug 1941, when it was handed back to the RAF and by mid Dec 1941 intensive work to enlarge the facility and extend the runway into Gibraltar Bay had begun. Impetus was given by the bombing of Malta and the need to complete a further extension to 1800 yards (ready by Jul 1943) for Operation Torch.

Shortly after the last permanently based RAF unit withdrew, RAF North Front was renamed RAF Gibraltar on 30 Nov 1966 and came under Coastal Command direction. RAF aircraft still stage through and RN Ships Flights often alight here, while the parent ship is visiting the nearby naval base. Between 1982 and 1991, the Royal Navy based a Flight for maritime surveillance of the narrows between here and Tangiers.

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  List of units at RAF Gibraltar

Years Unit
1982UK 824 NASSea King, Sea King, Sea King,
1966UK 846 NAS

List of aircraft and events at RAF Gibraltar

By Date | By Serial | By Model

1969-jan AccidentRN Type 81 Tribal class F119 HMS Eskimo

1981-oct RN Ikara Leander class F39 HMS Naiad

1982-apr-161982-apr-20 RN Hecla class A133 HMS Hecla

1983-jun 815 NAS HAS.2 XZ735

1984-aug RN HAS.3 ZD258

1989-apr-21 RN HAS.2 XZ577
1989-apr-21 RN HAS.3 ZD258
1989-apr-21 RN HAS.5 ZA131

1998-dec-01 Visiting815 NAS /410 HAS.3 ZD253

2014-sep-29 Dolphin 1RN HM.1 ZH864

2015-mar 815 NAS /456 HAS.3S ZF560
2015-oct-10 RAF SA330E XW209

2016-jan-10 RN HC.3 ZJ121
2016-jan-10 RN HC.3 ZJ129
2016-may-05 RN HMA.2 ZZ522
2016-may-05 Royal Fleet Auxiliary Bay class L3008 RFA Mounts Bay
2016-aug-09 Deployment846 NAS HC.3 ZJ121

2019-apr-23 AW169 P4-ICE
2019-apr-28 SASEMAR AW139 EC-KXA
2019-jul-04 Grace 1 interceptionRN HMA.2 ZZ381

2020-apr-14 Hélity Copter Airlines AW139 EC-NEP

2021-feb-28 AW139 VP-CMF
2021-may-24 AW109E I-POWE

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