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    Satellite and aerial maps of Khormaksar / Aden International with nearby locations

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    4.2215YEADE Aden Harbour, Aden
    5.5180 Temple Cliff, Aden
    21.1251 Falaise, Aden
    36.0335 near Lahij, Lahij
    46.1224 off Aden, Gulf of Aden
    65.3357 Radfan, Al Habilayn

    1934 to present

    12° 49' 47.22'' N - 45° 1' 49.41'' E
    5nm N of Aden
    Elevation: 13 feet

    History of this Location

    Built in the period when Aden was administered as part of British India, RAF Khormaksar was located just inland of the north eastern edge of the large bay on which Aden stands and on the southern rim of the Crater area.

    It was significantly improved immediately after WWII, partly because of its strategic position near the mouth of the Red Sea (and thus the southern approaches to the Suez Canal) and as a staging post for RAF Transport Command on its famous Changi Slip route to Singapore and the Far East.  It was also home to RAF 131 MU (a maintenance and storage unit) between Mar 1942 and 1966. RAF Khormaksar was a key base from Dec 1963 after the Aden State of Emergency had been declared until the RAF station closed and the British withdrawal, covered by the Royal Marines, in Nov 1967.

    With the unification of South Yemen (when it had the ICAO code ODAA) and the Peoples Republic of North Yemen in May 1990, the airport took on a new economic importance and it has been developed further into Aden International Airport.

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    List of units at Khormaksar / Aden International

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
    normal: Unit no longer at this base
    1967/69UK 653 SquadronScout 1964/67
    1967UK 8 FltSA341B Gazelle AH.1 ??/05
    1964UK 815 NASWessex 1961/66
    1963/65UK 26 SquadronType 192 Belvedere 1962/65
    1958/67UK SAR Flight, KhormaksarWessex 1966/67
    Whirlwind 1964/67
    Type 171 Sycamore 1958/64
    1956/67UK 78 SquadronWessex 1965/71
    1956/67UK 84 SquadronType 171 Sycamore 1956/57

    List of aircraft and events at Khormaksar / Aden International

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    1958-sep-02 AccidentSAR Flight, Khormaksar Sycamore 4 XJ361
    1963-sep RAF HAR.2 XK970
    1964-dec-31 Accident26 Squadron Type 192 Belvedere XG461
    1967-apr-01 AccidentSAR Flight, Khormaksar HAR.2 XL111

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