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Kemble (Cotswold)

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

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 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

Aerial c.1983.jpg

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

Type D hangar - Nick Challoner.JPG

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


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


A Romney hut at Kemble, 23 November 2005.


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


Looking down the runway at Kemble, 23 November 2005.


Various airliners at Kemble, 23 November 2011.


A Type C hangar at Kemble, 23 November 2005.


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


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


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


A Folland Gnat at Kemble, 23 November 2005.

Satellite Landing Ground(s):

Beechwood / Berrow

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