The control tower at the Cotswold Airport in the U.K.
Royal Air Force Kemble was constructed during the third phase of the RAF’s expansion plan, which concentrated on training and maintenance bases. Work started in August of 1936 when contractors began clearing the site in preparation to receive aircraft the following year for storage.
The Royal Air Force Kemble finally closed with a ceremony that involved the Red Arrows returning to their old base. In the hangars on Main Site only a few aircraft remained. All military flying ceased at Kemble Airfield in March of 1993
In September of 2009 Kemble changed its name to Cotswold Airport to reflect its ever expanding facility, services and position in the European market.
Today, Cotswold Airport (EGBP) is a very busy airport for microlights, general aviation, airliner maintenance and reclamation, helicopters, and corporate/business aircraft.
The airport is situated seven miles to the southwest of the old Roman town of Cirencester. It is conveniently located with approximately an hour and thirty minutes drive in to London with an excellent link road to the M4. There is also a regular train service from Kemble Station in the village straight in to Paddington Station which takes around one hour twenty minutes.
Cotswold Airport's long runway and ample parking areas ensure it can accept many different types of large airliner aircraft for storage, maintenance or parting out. It is a CAA licensed (and therefore regulated) aerodrome and Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) with a Flight Information Service (AFIS). It operates asphalt runway 08/26 which is 1,973m in length. A grass runway is also available.
For more information, visit the website of the airport at www.CotswoldAirport.com or phone +44 (0) 1285 771177
Air Salvage International (ASI) is one of Europe’s leading airliner storage and maintenance facilities. At Cotswold Airport, its environmentally compliant fixed base, it has secure parking for in excess of 20 wide and up to 50 narrow-bodied commercial aircraft.
ASI is a market leader in delivering professional disassembly services to the global aviation industry with almost two decades of experience.
Its services span a broad spectrum, including storage & line maintenance, end-of-life asset management, incident recovery, airframe disassembly & rebuild, cabin adaptation, and more.
It is located at Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6BA, United Kingdom.
For more information, visit the website of the airport at Air Salvage International (ASI) or phone +44 (0) 1285 771 363
Aerial view of the Cotswold Airport (photo courtesy of Air Salvage International)
Hangars at the Cotswold Airport
Airliners in storage at the Cotswold Airport
Airliner disassembly and parts reclamation at the Cotswold Airport
If you are in need of spotting info for Cotswold, we highly recommend a visit to the Cotswold Airport Spotting website. The website provides sighting locations, latest aircraft sightings, spotter tools, photos, exhibits, articles, important web links, and more information!
For a current list of aircraft in storage at Cotswold, visit to the AirportSpotting.com website.
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