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Kemble (Cotswold)

Major
Also known as: Cotswold Airport / Cotswold Airport Showground / Kemble Aerodrome / Kemble Enterprise Park / RAF Kemble
County: Wiltshire
Current Status: Aviation / Industry / Museum
Date: Opened 22 June 1938
Current Use: Active
Used By: RAF / Civil / USAF

N.B. - Kemble is situated across the two counties of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire but primarily geographically resides in Wiltshire.

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

  • Air Salvage International Limited
  • AV8 Restaurant
  • Bristol Britannia XM496 Preservation Society
  • Chevron Aircraft Maintenance
  • Cirencester and District Model Aircraft Club
  • Cotswold Archaeology
  • Cotswold Model Car Club
  • Crown Catering (Stroud) Ltd
  • Crudwell Parish Council
  • High Tech Drains & Water Solutions
  • Kemble & Ewen Parish Council
  • LRTT Ltd t/a Resource Group
  • Rapid Racking Ltd
  • Rodmarton Parish Council
  • Secure Data Management Ltd
  • Turtle Mat Company Limited

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 1 Aircraft Preparation Unit

  • No 1 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit

  • No 2 Transport Aircraft Modification Unit

  • No 5 MU

  • No 7 (Service) FPP

  • No 286 Sqn

  • Bristol Aero Club
  • Freedom Aviation
  • Kemble Flying Club
  • Overseas Air Deliveries Flight

  • Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit

  • Overseas Aircraft Preparation Flight

  • Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit

  • Overseas Deliveries Flight

  • RAF Lyneham Flying Club
  • Transport Aircraft Modification Section

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Aerial view of Kemble airfield, c. 1983. © Dave Welch.

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Looking down the runway at Kemble, 23 November 2005.

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A Type C hangar at Kemble, 23 November 2005.

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Various airliners at Kemble, 23 November 2005.

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A Type D Aircraft Storage Unit hangar at Kemble, 23 November 2005.

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A Romney hut at Kemble, 23 November 2005.

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A Type D Aircraft Storage Unit hangar, 23 November 2005.

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Interior of the post-war design control tower at Kemble, 23 November 2005.

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The post-war design control tower at Kemble, 23 November 2005.

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An Expansion Period water tower at Kemble, 23 November 2005.

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A Folland Gnat at Kemble, 23 November 2005.

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A Type D hangar at Kemble, 13 July 2008. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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Aircraft dispersals at the south west of the airfield, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

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B1 Type Aircraft Shed at Kemble, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

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Main Workshops at Kemble, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

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Station Headquarters at Kemble, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

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Taxiway at the north of the airfield, looking south west near the control tower, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

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Taxiway at the south of the airfield, looking east, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

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E Type Aircraft Shed at Kemble, 14 September 2014. © Richard Flagg

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Modern Aircraft Shed at Kemble, 14 September 2014. © Richard Flagg

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Modern Aircraft Shed at Kemble, 14 September 2014. © Richard Flagg

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Looking west from near the AV8 Restaurant, 14 September 2014. © Richard Flagg

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E Type Aircraft Shed at Kemble, 7 January 2017. © Richard Flagg

Cocooning aircraft at Kemble, 1950. Courtesy of British Pathé

Satellite Landing Ground(s):

Beechwood / Berrow

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