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RAF Nicosia

RAF Nicosia
"In Quadrivio Paratus"
ICAO: LCNC
Summary
Airport type Military (and formerly: joint Military & Civil)
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator formerly: Royal Air Force, now: United Nations
Serves Nicosia
Location Lefkosia, Cyprus
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
Asphalt
Asphalt

Royal Air Force Station Nicosia or RAF Nicosia was a Royal Air Force (RAF) station on the island of Cyprus, built in the 1930s. The station served as Headquarters Royal Air Force Cyprus from 8 June to 29 July 1941.

The original principal airport for Cyprus, Nicosia International Airport, was built within the site of the RAF station. Both civil and military aviation on the island operated from the site, although the RAF disestablished the station in 1966.

The 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus led to the cessation of commercial operations from the airport, although the site is still owned by the British Ministry of Defence,[1] but is controlled by the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus and used as a base by United Nations peace-keeping patrol helicopters.

Station history

Derelict control tower of Nicosia Airport

Source: Britain's Small Wars[2]

  • No. 6 Squadron RAF first used the airfield on 3 October 1946 with the Supermarine Spitfire LF.9 before re-equipping with the Hawker Tempest F.6 in December of that year and moving to RAF Shallufa on 5 September 1947. The squadron returned on 5 April 1951 with the de Havilland Vampire FB 5 before leaving to RAF Deversoir on 22 May 1951 however the unit soon returned on 31 May 1952 with the Vampire FB 9 before leaving on 11 July 1952 moving to RAF Habbaniya. The unit returned on 28 August 1954 with the de Havilland Venom FB 1 before moving again to Habbaniya on 5 October 1954, on 7 November 1955 the unit returned for the final time with the Venom FB 4. The squadron moved to Habbaniya on 12 December 1955.[3]

RAF Regiments

  • No. 2 Squadron RAF Regiment
  • No. 21 Squadron RAF Regiment
  • No. 26 Squadron RAF Regiment
  • No. 27 Squadron RAF Regiment
  • No. 29 Squadron RAF Regiment
  • No. 34 Squadron RAF Regiment
  • No. 37 Squadron RAF Regiment

Current use

The site is now the currently largely disused Nicosia International Airport.

See also

References

Citations

  1. ^ Written Answers for 19 Jan 2005 (pt 6)House of Commons Hansard
  2. ^
  3. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 26.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Jefford 1988, p. 169.

Bibliography

  • Jefford, C.G, MBE,BA,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.

External links

  • The murder of Corporal Patrick J. Hale at RAF Nicosia
  • RAF Nicosia
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