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  • united kingdom South Cerney

    Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England

    United Kingdom


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    9.0225EGTW Oaksey Park, England
    9.6256EGBP Cotswold / Kemble, England
    9.6093EGVA Fairford, England
    14.6277 Aston Down, England
    20.8189 REME Museum, England
    21.0193EGDL MoD Lyneham, England

    1937 to present

    51° 41' 20'' N - 1° 55' 20'' W
    2 nm SE of Cirencester
    Elevation: 350 feet

    History of this Location

    RAF South Cerney was opened in 1937 as part of the pre-war expansion programme but was run down shortly after WWII ended. It reopened in 1948 for the basic stages of the CFS training schedule but was closed again during 1949. The Korean War increased the demand for aircrews and the base was reopened to increase the throughput of students. Operational flying ceased and the base was handed over to the Army.

    Since 1971 it has been used by 29 Movements Regiment, Royal Corps of Transport as the South Cerney Air Mounting Centre, to coordinate major deployments via the nearby bases at RAF Lyneham (now closed) and RAF Brize Norton or the Marchwood Military Port, near Southampton. It is still used for exercises and as a drop zone.

    It looks like they've torn down the old buildings. I worked out of South Cerney in the 1980's, flying American Chinooks in support of British operations. Great people, wonderful time, and an awesome old aerodrome. Sorry the old buildings are gone, but time marches on. Sometimes faster than we'd prefer.

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    List of units at South Cerney

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
    normal: Unit no longer at this base
    1956/61CFS (H)

    List of aircraft and events at South Cerney

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    1955-aug TrialsMinistry of Defence (MoD) Skeeter 6 XK773
    1957-mar CFSCFS (H) Skeeter 6B XK479
    1960-mar-11 AccidentRAF Sycamore 4 XG520

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