RAF Langford Lodge

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RAF Langford Lodge
No. 20 Satellite Landing Ground
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Crumlin, County Antrim in Northern Ireland
RAF Langford Lodge is located in Northern Ireland
RAF Langford Lodge
RAF Langford Lodge
Shown within Northern Ireland
Coordinates54°37′10″N 6°18′00″W / 54.61944°N 6.30000°W / 54.61944; -6.30000Coordinates: 54°37′10″N 6°18′00″W / 54.61944°N 6.30000°W / 54.61944; -6.30000
Site information
OwnerAir Ministry
OperatorRoyal Air Force
United States Army Air Forces
Controlled byRAF Maintenance Command
Site history
Built1941 (1941)
In use1941-1953 (1953)
Battles/warsSecond World War
Airfield information
Runways
Direction Length and surface
00/00  Concrete
00/00  Concrete

Royal Air Force Langford Lodge or more simply RAF Langford Lodge is a former Royal Air Force station near Belfast, Northern Ireland. Today the airfield is owned by RLC (UK) a subsidiary of RLC Engineering Group which is headquartered in the Isle of Man. Langford Lodge is located on the eastern shores of Lough Neagh and close to RAF Aldergrove/Belfast International Airport and the former RAF Nutts Corner.

The site was also known as No. 20 Satellite Landing Ground.

History[edit]

Opened in 1942 the base was an air depot for the United States Army Air Forces, as such thousands of aircraft were processed on their way to active service in Britain, North Africa, the Mediterranean and mainland Europe.

The following units were here at some point:[1]

Langford Lodge was a target in Operation Grün (Ireland), a second front to Operation Sea Lion, which was the planned Nazi invasion of Britain. German paratroopers were to capture Langford Lodge, Aldergrove and Nutts Corner while RAF Long Kesh, Lisburn was to be destroyed.

Notably, on 2 March 1989 a Dan Air BAe 748 from Newcastle, bound for Belfast International Airport, mistakenly landed at Langford Lodge.

Today[edit]

Langford Lodge is currently home to two model flying clubs; Langford Model Aviation & Langford Model Heli Club.

Some of the wartime airfield facilities used to house the Ulster Aviation Society's Heritage Centre. Exhibits included a Blackburn Buccaneer, a Hawker Sea Hawk and a Westland Wessex. The Society has now moved out and is finding a new home for the collection.

There is a 6,200 feet (1,900 m) rocket sled track owned by Martin-Baker.

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Langford Lodge". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 7 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Lake 1999, p. 19.

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