What happened to RAF Kinloss?

What happened to RAF Kinloss?

Until 2010 it was the main base for the RAF’s fleet of Nimrod MR2 maritime patrol aircraft. It was intended that the MR2 would be replaced by the Nimrod MRA4, but the MRA4 was cancelled in the Strategic Defence and Security Review of October 2010….

RAF Kinloss
Condition Closed
Site history
Built 1938
In use 1939–2012

What is at Kinloss?

Kinloss Barracks is a military installation located near the village of Kinloss, on the Moray Firth in the north of Scotland. Until 2012 it was a Royal Air Force (RAF) station, RAF Kinloss….

Kinloss Barracks
Garrison 39 Engineer Regiment Royal Engineers
Airfield information
Identifiers IATA: FSS, ICAO: EGQK, WMO: 03066

Is Kinloss barracks closing?

Both are scheduled for closure by 2032. Royal Engineers based at Kinloss are thought to be relocated to England. A recommendation is expected to be given to government ministers by the end of the autumn, the Ministry of Defence said, with a final decision to be returned by the end of the year.

Is RAF Leuchars still operational?

Royal Air Force Leuchars or RAF Leuchars (IATA: ADX, ICAO: EGQL) was a Royal Air Force station located in Leuchars, Fife, on the east coast of Scotland. The station ceased to be an RAF station at 12:00 hrs on 31 March 2015 when it became Leuchars Station and control of the site was transferred to the British Army.

What is the population of Kinloss?


Name Council Area Population Estimate 2020-06-30
Kinloss Moray 1,440
Kinloss 1,440 Population [2020] – Estimate 1.130 km² Area 1,274/km² Population Density [2020] -1.0% Annual Population Change [2016 → 2020]

Do RAF Regiment get deployed?

Not all personnel on an RAF Regiment squadron are trained gunners but can be involved in specialist support services such as administrators and drivers. A typical RAF Regiment squadron has support elements from the RAF but these personnel do not always deploy on patrols and other combat operations.

What happened to the RAF Kinloss mountain rescue team?

With the closure of Kinloss as an RAF base in July 2012, the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) was renamed the RAF Lossiemouth MRT. The team continued to operate from their existing purpose built base at Kinloss for over two years, until they moved into a ‘D’ Flight No. 202 Squadron hangar at Lossiemouth in February 2015.

Who was the first commander of RAF Kinloss?

RAF Kinloss opened on 1 April 1939 as part of No. 21 Group, with Group Captain Arthur Peck being the first commander of the station. Initially, many personnel who were posted to Kinloss were previously unaware of the station and were surprised at how far north it was located.

When did Kinloss station get its highest honours?

The squadron was upgraded with MR.2 versions of the Neptune in 1956, only to be disbanded again in July 1956. In July 1962, the station received one of its highest honours, the Civic Freedom of the Royal and Ancient Burgh of Forres, allowing Kinloss personnel the right to march through the burgh with swords drawn.

Why did so many planes crash at Kinloss?

Throughout the war a high number of aircraft from Kinloss crashed resulting in the loss of aircrews and it was not unusual to see the wreckage of aircraft in the countryside around the station. This was predominately because of the older aircraft that were used for training by No. 19 OTU, poor weather and inexperienced crews.

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