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Fairford

Major
Also known as: RAF Fairford / USAAF Station 457
County: Gloucestershire
Current Status: Aviation
Date: Opened January 1944
Current Use: Active
Used By: RAF / Civil / US
Landing Surface Types: Paved
N.B. - Fairford is situated across the two counties of Gloucestershire and North Wiltshire but primarily geographically resides in North Gloucestershire.

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011):
  • Fairford History Society
  • Fairford Library
  • Fairford Town Council
  • Kempsford Parish Council
  • The Bull Hotel

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 3 (P) AFU

  • No 10 Sqn

  • No 22 HGCU

  • No 27 Gp Comms Flight

  • No 30 Sqn

  • No 47 Sqn

  • No 53 Sqn

  • No 113 Sqn

  • No 190 Sqn

  • No 204 AFS

  • No 241 OCU

  • No 283 (Airborne Forces) Wing

  • No 295 Sqn

  • No 297 Sqn

  • No 620 Sqn

  • No 1528 RAT Flight

  • No 1555 RAT Flight

  • No 1556 RAT Flight

  • No 2706 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • 7020th ABG

  • CFS

B-52s Gulf War 1991.jpg

Boeing B-52G Stratofortresses at Fairford during the Gulf War, 24 February 1991. © Kev Slade/www.abpic.co.uk

B-52 1991.jpg

One of four aircraft taking part in the second B-52 raid from Fairford during the Gulf War, 10 February 1991. © Richard Cawsey/www.abpic.co.uk

The Red Arrows in training at Fairford, 1965. Courtesy of British Pathé

Parent(s)/HQ Airfields(s):

Brize Norton

Associated Airfield(s):

South Cerney

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