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RAF Northolt

RAF Northolt
Ready to carry or to fight
Airport information
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorRoyal Air Force
LocationRuislip, Middlesex
*No. 32 (The Royal) Squadron RAF *No. 600 Squadron RAF *621 EOD Squadron RLC *BFPO & Defence Courier Service *Northolt Station Flight
Elevation38 m (124 ft)

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RAF Northolt is a Royal Air Force station 2 NM east by northeast of Uxbridge in the London Borough of Hillingdon, West London. Approximately 10 km north of London Heathrow Airport, the station also handles a large number of private civilian flights. Northolt has one runway in operation, spanning 1687 x 46 m, with a grooved asphalt surface.

Northolt pre-dates the establishment of the Royal Air Force by almost three years, having opened in May 1915. Originally established for the Royal Flying Corps, it has the longest history of continuous use of any RAF airfield. Before the outbreak of the Second World War, the station was the first to take delivery of the Hawker Hurricane. The station played a key role during the Battle of Britain, when fighters from several of its units, including No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron, engaged enemy aircraft as part of the defence of London. It became the first base to have squadrons operating Supermarine Spitfire aircraft within German airspace.

During the construction of Heathrow Airport, Northolt was used for commercial civilian flights, becoming the busiest airport in Europe for a time and a major base for British European Airways. More recently the station has become the hub of British military flying operations in the London area. Northolt has been extensively redeveloped since 2006 to accommodate these changes, becoming home to the British Forces Post Office, which moved to a newly constructed headquarters and sorting office on the site. RAF squadrons, including No. 32 (The Royal) Squadron are based at RAF Northolt; its location close to the A40 road link with central London has also made it popular with business people and politicians. The station has also been used as a filming location for productions made at Pinewood Studios.

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