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  • gibraltar Gibraltar International Airport




    Satellite and aerial maps of RAF Gibraltar with nearby locations

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    2.2199 Gibraltar Harbour,
    2.8355 Hospital Comarcal La Linea de la Concepcion, Andalusia
    8.7259LEAG Algeciras Heliport, Andalusia
    9.3242 Punta de Europa Hospital, Andalusia
    16.9333LEAA La Almoraima, Andalusia
    28.9172GECE Ceuta Heliport, Ceuta

    1915 to present

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

    History of this Location

    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

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
    normal: Unit no longer at this base
    1982UK 824 NASSea King 1982/89
    Sea King 1982/84
    Sea King 1977/83
    1966UK 846 NAS

    List of aircraft and events at RAF Gibraltar

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    By Date | By Serial

    1969-jan AccidentRN Type 81 Tribal class F119 HMS Eskimo
    1981-oct RN Ikara Leander class F39 HMS Naiad
    1982-apr-16 1982-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 RN 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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