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Manston (Kent International)

Major
Decoy
Also known as: Kent International Airport / Manstone / RAF Manston / RNAS Manston
County: Kent
Current Status: Unknown / Museum
Date: Opened July 1915 (earliest known date) – 15 May 2014; (decoy) 1940 - May 1941
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RAF (Czech) / RAF (Norwegian) / RAF (Polish) / RNAS / FAA / Civil / RAAF / RCAF / USAF
Prominent People: Eugene Esmonde
Decoy Type(s): KLG

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

  • RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum

Notable Past Associated Organisations:

  • Thanet Auto Club

Main unit(s) present:

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  • No 1401 Met Flight 

  • No 2701 Sqn RAF Regiment
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  • Air Ferry Limited
  • Air Force Department Fire Service School
  • Aurigny Air Services
  • Cargolux
  • CityJet
  • East Kent Air School
  • Overseas Ferry Unit
  • Pool of Pilots
  • RAF Fire Services Central Training Establishment
  • S.C.R.584 Training Unit
  • School of Technical Training (Men)
  • Seaplane Training Sqn
  • Silver City Airways
  • Viking Airlines

Various American aircraft at Manston in 1955. Courtesy of Los Angeles to London

United States Air Sea Rescue at Manston, 1956. Courtesy of British Pathé

No 617 Gliding School at Manston in the late 1970s. Courtesy of awood12345

Crowds at the closure of Manston in 2014. Courtesy of KMTV Video News

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