united kingdom South Cerney

Cirencester, England
united kingdom

9.6256EGBP Cotswold / Kemble, England
9.6 93EGVA Fairford, England
21.0193EGDL RAF Lyneham, England
22.2157EGDT Wroughton, England
24.3 73EGVN RAF Brize Norton, England
27.9340EGBC Cheltenham Heliport, England

1937 to present

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

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 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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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1956/61central flying school


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1960-mar-11 AccidentRoyal Air ForceType 171 SycamoreXG520

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