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2004 (© Andrew Cottrell)
South Cerney airfield
Airfield Today:
South Cerney is now the "Air Mounting Centre", troops go there and are processed before going to Brize Norton or Lyneham to fly overseas.
The airfield is used by JATE (Joint Air Transport Establishment), they use it to test new parachutes and delivery systems. You may recall the tragic case in 1994 when a soldier was hit and killed by a C130 doing an unauthorised flypast after a test drop. I think the airfield is also used by a gliding club.
Richard Elwell, March 2007
Tower Type:
1936 Chief Flying Instructors Block, 5740/36.
This Watch Office was also built on the following airfields:
Hullavington, Little Rissington, Shawbury, and Ternhill.
Tower:
In use
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
08/37 to 04/46, First used by No.3 Service Flying Training School from Grantham, first with Hawker Audax trainers replaced in 1938 with Airspeed Oxfords. 03/42, No.3 SFTS became No.3 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit. 12/45, No.3 SFTS disbanded and reformed as No.3 Flying Training School, moved to Feltwell.
06/40 to 08/40, No.15 SFTS from Middle Wallop.
04/43 to 07/43, No.1539 BAT Flight formed here with Oxfords.
05/46 to 02/47, Flying Training Command Instructors School from Wittering.
03/48 to 05/52, No.2 Flying Training School from Church Lawford with Tiger Moths and Harvards. 05/52 to 05/57, Central Flying School (Basic) Sqn with Harvards, Prentices then Provosts, moved to Little Rissington. 08/54 to 08/61, CFS (Helicopter) Sqn formed here with Dragonflies, Sycamores and Whirlwinds, moved to Ternhill.
07/57 to 01/68, Aircrew Officers Training School. 07/65 to 01/67, Primary Flying School formed here with DH Chipmunks, moved to Church Fenton. 07/71, Station transferred to the Army.
RAF South Cerney
2004 (© Andrew Cottrell)
RAF Station
Airfield:
Flying Training
Opened:
08/1937
Closed:
07/1971
ID Code:
SC
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
Grass, 2x - steel matting
Hangars:
3x - C Type, 1x - Aircraft Repair Shed, 2x - Bellman, 11x - Blisters
County:
Gloucestershire
Location:
4 miles SE of Cirencester
OS Ref:
SU056986
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Photographs © as stated
South Cerney airfield
2004 (© Gary Wright)
2004 (© Ian Elford)
RAF South Cerney
2006 (© DJ Akerman)
RAF South Cerney airfield
RAF South Cerney airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2004