Moi Air Base

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"Eastleigh Airport" redirects here. For the airport in Eastleigh near Southampton, see Southampton Airport.
Moi Air Base
RAF Eastleigh
Kenyan Air Force Flag.svg
Eastleigh, Nairobi in Kenya
Moi Air Base is located in Kenya
Moi Air Base
Moi Air Base
Shown within Kenya
Coordinates 1°16′41″N 036°51′37″E / 1.27806°N 36.86028°E / 1.27806; 36.86028Coordinates: 1°16′41″N 036°51′37″E / 1.27806°N 36.86028°E / 1.27806; 36.86028
Type Air Base
Site information
Owner Kenya Defence Forces
Operator Kenya Air Force
Site history
Built 1936 (1936)
In use 1936-present
Airfield information
Identifiers ICAO: HKRE
Elevation 1,632 metres (5,354 ft) AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
06/24 2,380 metres (7,808 ft) Asphalt

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.

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.

History[edit]

Royal Air Force use[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 Hawker 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 RAF equipped with Gloster Gladiator, Boulton Paul Defiant, Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire, Percival Proctor and No. 1569 (Meteorological) Flight RAF equipped with Hurricanes. After the war both No. 21 Squadron RAF, No. 30 Squadron RAF, and a Communications Flight operated from the base.

Kenya Air Force use[edit]

Its used by the kenya defense forces.

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