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Detling

Major
Also known as: Detling Industrial Estate / RAF Detling / RFC Detling
County: Kent
Current Status: Industry / Air navigation aid
Date: May 1915 - March 1959 (closed to flying)
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RAF (Polish) / RFC / FAA / Civil / RAAF

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/07/2013):

  • A & N Norman
  • B S Russell Commercials Ltd
  • Blooming High Ltd
  • Butlers Of Kent
  • Chatham Steam Ltd
  • Cibus Distribution
  • Clark Hire Ltd
  • Consignments Worldwide Ltd
  • Coopers Waste Management
  • D C S (GB) Ltd
  • Detling Parish Council
  • Eagle UK Logistics
  • Eco-Pac Ltd
  • Eden Park Ltd
  • H R S Cranes Ltd
  • Industrial Water Jetting Systems
  • Intertrade International Ltd 
  • Jupiter European Marketing Ltd
  • L&G Forest Products Ltd
  • ND Crowhurst Transport Ltd
  • Northdowns Iron Cast
  • P T S Tyres
  • Paul Smith
  • Simplyfruit Ltd
  • Southern Counties Trailer Parts Ltd
  • Steadline Ltd
  • Stockbury Parish Council
  • Stopper Specialist & Harbray Pipeline System
  • Swift Catering Hire
  • TMS Traffic Management Ltd
  • Viotrans Logistics Ltd
  • Waste Tech Recycling Ltd

Notable Past Associated Organisations:

  • Swale Motor Racing Club

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 1 Coast Artillery Co-operation Flight

  • No 1 Coast Artillery Co-operation Unit

  • No 1 PRU 'K' Flight

  • No 1 Sqn

  • No 2 AACU 'D' Flight

  • No 3 Aircraft Delivery Flight

  • No 4 Aircraft Delivery Flight

  • No 4 Sqn

  • No 6 AACU

  • No 13 Sqn

  • No 15 (Fighter) Wing

  • No 16 Gp Comms Flight

  • No 22 Sqn
  • No 26 Sqn

  • No 48 Sqn

  • No 50 Sqn

  • No 53 Sqn

  • No 59 Sqn

  • No 75 (Signals) Wing

  • No 80 Sqn

  • No 112 Sqn

  • No 118 Sqn

  • No 124 Sqn

  • No 125 Airfield

  • No 132 Sqn

  • No 141 GS

  • No 143 Sqn

  • No 165 Sqn

  • No 168 GS

  • No 184 Sqn

  • No 229 Sqn

  • No 235 Sqn

  • No 236 Sqn
  • No 239 Sqn

  • No 274 Sqn

  • No 280 Sqn

  • No 318 Sqn

  • No 403 Repair & Salvage Unit
  • No 405 Repair & Salvage Unit
  • No 410 Repair & Salvage Unit
  • No 453 Sqn

  • No 500 Sqn

  • No 504 Sqn

  • No 567 Sqn

  • No 602 Sqn

  • No 615 GS

  • No 651 Sqn

  • No 655 Sqn

  • No 657 Sqn

  • No 801 Sqn

  • No 806 Sqn

  • No 812 Sqn

  • No 815 Sqn

  • No 816 Sqn

  • No 819 Sqn

  • No 821 Sqn

  • No 825 Sqn

  • No 826 Sqn

  • No 1493 (Fighter) Gunnery Flight

  • No 1624 (AAC) Flight

  • No 1903 AOP Flight

  • No 2709 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2733 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2749 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2751 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2753 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2768 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2769 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2773 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2793 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2822 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2878 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • Home Command Gliding Centre

  • Home Command Gliding Instructors School

  • Kent GC

  • Reserve Command Gliding Instructors School

Gliding at Detling, 1953. Courtesy of British Pathé

Home Defence Flight Station(s):

Bekesbourne / Throwley

Home Defence Landing Ground(s):

All Hallows / Broad Salts / Broomfield (Herne Bay), Kent / Hunton / Leigh Green

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