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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

    Hecla class A133 HMS Hecla 16apr82
    AW139EC-KXA 28apr19
    AW139EC-NEP 14apr20
    AW169P4-ICE 23apr19
    Type 81 Tribal class F119 HMS Eskimo jan69
    Ikara Leander class F39 HMS Naiad oct81
    HAS.2XZ735 jun83
    HAS.3ZD258 aug84
    HAS.3SZF560 mar15
    HC.3ZJ121 10jan16 09aug16
    HC.3ZJ129 10jan16
    HM.1ZH864 29sep14
    HMA.2ZZ381 04jul19
    HMA.2ZZ522 05may16
    Bay class L3008 RFA Mounts Bay 05may16
    SA330EXW209 10oct15

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