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  • united arab emirates RAF Sharjah

    Ash Shariqah, Sharjah

    United Arab Emirates

    Satellite and aerial maps of RAF Sharjah with nearby locations

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    5.2052 Al Rashidiya, Ajman
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    9.7047 Safiya Beach Palace, Ajman
    11.3061SKMCA Khalifa Hospital, Ajman
    11.3136 HCT Sharjah, Sharjah
    12.4109OMSJ Sharjah International Airport, Sharjah

    1932 to 1977

    25° 22' 0'' N - 55° 24' 0'' E
    0.5 nm SW of Sharjah
    Elevation: 35 feet

    History of this Location

    Airfield was used from 1932 by Imperial Airways, a landing strip and key refueling point for intercontinental stop-overs and postal service. RAF Sharjah opened in 1940 and the base was extended. It came under the administration of RAF Bahrain from 1950.

    In 1974, construction began on a new international hub at a site 9 km or so away. Sharjah International Airport opened on 1 Jan 1977 and the RAF station closed, with the base handed over to the Emirate of Sharjah. As the town of Sharjah (Ash Shariqah) expanded, it incorporated the main runway into its road system.  Only the old control tower remained by 2002.

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    List of units at RAF Sharjah

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
    normal: Unit no longer at this base
    1969/71UK 668 Squadron
    1967/71UK 78 SquadronWessex 1965/71

    List of aircraft and events at RAF Sharjah

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    1967-oct-17 RN Fearless class L10 HMS Fearless
    1967-nov-29 RN Fearless class L11 HMS Intrepid
    1968-aug-02 RAF HC.2 XR497

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