Moi Air Base

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Moi Air Base (formerly RAF Eastleigh)
IATA: noneICAO: none
Owner/Operator Kenya Air Force
Location Eastleigh, Nairobi
Built 1930's
Coordinates Coordinates: 1°16′42″S 36°51′38″E / 1.2782°S 36.8605°E / -1.2782; 36.8605
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 7,900 2,408 Asphalt/Concrete

Moi Air Base, formerly known as RAF Eastleigh and Eastleigh Airport (ICAO: HKRE) is a military airport located to the east of Nairobi, in the Eastleigh suburb. The airport is used by the Kenya Air Force. Additionally, the airfield is the home of the East African School of Aviation run by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, which was established at the airport in 1954 as the DCA training school. The airport is also used to train Kenyan Air Cadets.

It has a single 7900 ft runway (06/24).

Due to its military status, the airport is not shown in any official map of Nairobi. Instead, the area is left blank. This does not affect Google Earth, though.

RAF Station Eastleigh[edit]

RAF Eastleigh was a Royal Air Force airfield in Kenya, in the Eastleigh suburb of Nairobi. The name "RAF Eastleigh" was also used during 1935 for the airfield in England that became RAF Southampton in 1936.

Eastleigh was the primary RAF station for East Africa, and home to Air Headquarters East Africa after force reductions in the 1950s. However because of its high elevation and short runways (which could not be extended because of its location close to the city), from the arrival of No. 208 Squadron RAF in the late 1950s with its Hunters, jet fighters and bombers had to operate out of nearby Embakasi Airport. Eastleigh also operated as a civilian airport with BOAC operating flights through the fifties and sixties.

It was the location for No. 1414 (Meteorological) Flight equipped with Gladiator, Defiant, Hurricane, Spitfire, Proctor and No. 1569 (Meteorological) Flight equipped with Hawker Hurricanes. After the war both No. 21 Squadron RAF, No. 30 Squadron RAF, and a Communications Flight operated from the base.


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