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Boscombe Down (Red House Farm)

Major
Also known as: A&AEE Boscombe Down / Boscombe / DERA Boscombe Down / DTEO Boscombe Down / RAF Boscombe Down / RFC Boscombe Down / RFC Red House Farm
County: Wiltshire
Current Status: Aviation
Date: Opened 1 October 1917
Current Use: Active
Used By: RAF / RFC / FAA
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved, later paved
Prominent People: James Nicolson VC / Peter Twiss
Aircraft Roles: Bomber / Experimental / Trainer

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011):

  • Allington Parish Council
  • Amesbury Town Council
  • Boscombe Down Model Aircraft Club
  • Bulford HIVE
  • Idmiston Parish Council 
  • QinetiQ - Boscombe Down
  • Winterbourne Parish Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 4 Gp Experimental Flight

  • No 6 TDS

  • No 9 Sqn

  • No 10 Sqn

  • No 11 TDS

  • No 13 Joint Services Trials Unit

  • No 22 Joint Services Trials Unit

  • No 29 Joint Services Trials Unit

  • No 35 Sqn

  • No 42 Sqn

  • No 51 Sqn

  • No 56 Sqn

  • No 58 Sqn

  • No 75 (Bomber) Wing

  • No 78 Sqn

  • No 88 Sqn

  • No 97 Sqn

  • No 109 Sqn

  • No 150 Sqn

  • No 166 Sqn

  • No 214 Sqn

  • No 217 Sqn

  • No 218 Sqn

  • No 224 Sqn

  • No 249 Sqn

  • No 819 Sqn

  • No 893 Sqn

  • No 899 Sqn

  • No 2780 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2786 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment

  • Aircraft and Armament Evaluation Establishment

  • Aircraft Gun Mounting Establishment

  • Assessment and Evaluation Centre

  • Blind Approach Training and Development Unit

  • Bomber Development Unit

  • Bustard Flying Club

  • Empire Test Pilots' School

  • Handling Flight

  • Handling Sqn

  • High Altitude Flight (A&AEE)

  • Intensive Flying Development Flight

  • Intensive Flying Development Unit

  • Meteorological Research Flight

  • RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine Flight

  • Southampton UAS

  • Special Duties Flight

  • Strike/Attack Operational Evaluation Unit

  • Test Pilots School

  • Tornado Operational Evaluation Unit

  • Wireless (Intelligence) Development Unit

'RAF Demonstrate Secret Devices', 1954. Courtesy of British Pathé


Fairey FD.2 breaking the World Speed Record, 1954. Courtesy of British Pathé

 Boscombe Down Airshow, 14 June 1992. Courtesy of Mike Hudson

 

 

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