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Royal Navy 3860/42 1990 (© Jack Woods via Bill Haggan)
RAF Sydenham airfield
Airfield Today:
Belfast (City) airport
Tower Type:
1. Original flying control building not known
2. Naval type 3860/42
3. Present control building not known
Tower:
1. Demolished
2. Demolished 1995
3. In use
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
1933, First used as a landing ground and flying boat station at Belfast harbour by Harland and Wolff, improved airfield was opened 16/03/1936. Short and Harland factory later produced Stirlings, Sunderlands, Britannias, Canberras, Skyvans, Tucanos, etc.
01/01/39, 24 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School.
06/40 to 07/41, 88 and 226 Sqn Fairey Battles and Bostons.

27/11/41, Airfield renamed RAF Belfast.
07/43 to 04/44, Lockheed Overseas Corporation assembled and flight tested USAAF fighters and flew them to Langford Lodge.
21/06/43, transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned as HMS Gadwell an Aircraft Maintenance Yard, 01/05/46, renamed HMS Gannet III, a tender to RNAS Eglinton.
02/07/73, Airfield transferred to the RAF, final RAF closure 1978.
RAF Sydenham - RNAS Belfast
1988 (© Bill Haggan)
RAF Sydenham - RNAS Belfast
Airfield:
Aircraft Maintenance Yard,
Opened:
/1933
Closed:
/1978
Code:
??
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
2x - concrete, built 1941
Hangars:
29x - of many different types
County:
Co. Down, Northern Ireland
Location:
E side of Belfast docks
OS Ref:
J373764
©:
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RAF Sydenham - RNAS Belfast
RAF Sydenham - RNAS Belfast, HMS Caroline, HMS Gadwall, HMS Gannet -
RAF Sydenham - RNAS Belfast - HMS Gadwall airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2007