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Campbeltown Airport

Campbeltown Airport
Control Tower
Airport information
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OwnerMinistry of Defence
OperatorHighlands and Islands Airports Limited
LocationMachrihanish, Argyll and Bute
Elevation13 m (42 ft)

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Campbeltown Airport ( ) is located at Machrihanish, 3 NM west of Campbeltown, near the tip of the Kintyre peninsula in Argyll and Bute on the west coast of Scotland. It is still owned by the Ministry of Defence, under a 'care and maintenance' programme, but a part of the airfield is now run as a commercial enterprise by the Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, a company under the control of the Scottish Government.

The airport was formerly known as RAF Machrihanish (after the village of Machrihanish) and hosted squadrons of the Royal Air Force and other NATO air forces as well as the United States Marine Corps. It is now called MoD Machrihanish. The airport is at a strategic point over the Irish Sea, and was used to guard the entrance to the Firth of Clyde where US nuclear submarines were based at Holy Loch and where Royal Navy Trident missile submarines are still based at HMNB Clyde (Faslane Naval Base).

Permanent full time military operations ceased in 1997.

At 3049 m, Runway 11/29 at Campbeltown Airport is the longest of any public airport in Scotland. It was built between 1960 and 1962 as part of a major reconstruction for the airports role in NATO. It is certified to accept the Space Shuttle should it need to make landfall in Europe, and provides for the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft to get airborne again.

Campbeltown Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P808) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Highlands & Islands Airports Limited).

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