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MOD St Athan

Airport information
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorSt Athan
LocationSt Athan, South Wales
Elevation50 m (163 ft)

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MOD St Athan is a large United Kingdom Ministry of Defence unit near the village of St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan, southern Wales. It was the designated site for the United Kingdom's new defence training academy, but the programme was cancelled on 19 October 2010. It once claimed to be the largest Royal Air Force (RAF) station (though several gunnery ranges such as RAF Spadeadam are larger in area).

The base has been home to the RAF No 4 School of Technical Training throughout its life, as well as a major aircraft maintenance unit. The base has also been used to house British Army units, including the 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards. At one time it was home to a large collection of historical aircraft.

The only squadrons to operate out of St Athan on a regular basis are the University of Wales Air Squadron (one of fourteen RAF University Air Squadrons), flying Grob Tutors and No 634 Volunteer Gliding Squadron using Vigilant T.1s. 2300 Squadron of the Air Training Corps is also located on the Station.

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