RAF Mona

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RAF Mona
RAF Heneglwys
RNAS Anglesey
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
Anglesey in Wales
EGOQ is located in Anglesey
EGOQ
EGOQ
Shown within Anglesey
Coordinates 53°15′31″N 004°22′25″W / 53.25861°N 4.37361°W / 53.25861; -4.37361Coordinates: 53°15′31″N 004°22′25″W / 53.25861°N 4.37361°W / 53.25861; -4.37361
Type Royal Air Force station - Relief Landing Ground
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator Royal Air Force
Site history
Built 1915 (1915)
In use 1915-Present
Airfield information
Identifiers ICAO: EGOQ
Elevation 62 metres (203 ft) AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
04/22 1,579 metres (5,180 ft) Asphalt

RAF Mona (ICAO: EGOQ) is a Royal Air Force station near Bodffordd on the island of Anglesey, Wales. It is primarily used as a relief landing ground for RAF Valley. Mona was opened as a Royal Naval Air Service airship base in 1915. During the Second World War, it was used as a training base. Today, Mona is used for circuit practice by BAE Hawks from RAF Valley along with a civilian flying club and 2474 (Cefni) Squadron Air Training Corps.

History[edit]

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

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

A Hawk aircraft crashed at RAF Mona in 2006. The pilot ejected safely and made a full recovery.[citation needed]

A Hawk aircraft overshot the runway on 13 September 2013. The aircraft was practising forced landings when it hit a goose while on the runway and ended up in the arresting safety net. Both instructor and pupil were seriously hurt and were airlifted to hospital.[citation needed]

In June 2016 a man was convicted of endangering aircraft by shining a powerful torch at pilots undertaking night-time fast jet training at RAF Mona.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mona (Anglesey) (Heneglwys) (Llangefni)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Morris, Steven (30 June 2016). "Man found guilty of endangering RAF aircraft by shining torch". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • McLelland, Tim (2010). Action Stations Revisited: The Complete History of Britain's Military Airfields. No. 5: Wales and the Midlands. Manchester, UK: Crecy Pub. ISBN 978-0-85979-111-3. 

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