gibraltar Gibraltar International Airport


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2.2199 Gibraltar Harbour,
28.9172GECE Ceuta Heliport, Ceuta
83.9297ESSFO Carraca Naval Base, Andalusia
89.6297 Navantia, Andalusia
91.7316LEJR Jerez, Andalusia
95.9 52LEMG Malaga, Andalusia

1915 to present

36 9 N - 5 21 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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Hecla class A133 HMS Hecla 16apr82
AW139EC-KXA 28apr19
AW159 Wildcat HMA2ZZ381 04jul19
AW159 Wildcat HMA2ZZ522 05may16
AW169P4-ICE 23apr19
Type 81 Tribal class F119 HMS Eskimo jan69
Ikara Leander class F39 HMS Naiad oct81
Bay class L3008 RFA Mounts Bay 05may16
Lynx HAS2XZ735 jun83
Lynx HAS3ZD258 aug84
Lynx HAS3SZF560 mar15
Merlin HC.3ZJ121 10jan16 09aug16
Merlin HC.3ZJ129 10jan16
Merlin HM.1ZH864 29sep14

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