RAF Sydenham

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RAF Sydenham
RAF Belfast
RNAS Belfast
RNAY Belfast
HMS Gadwell
HMS Gannet III
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svgNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Belfast in Northern Ireland
RAF Sydenham is located in Northern Ireland
RAF Sydenham
RAF Sydenham
Shown within Northern Ireland
Coordinates 54°36′51″N 005°52′37″W / 54.61417°N 5.87694°W / 54.61417; -5.87694Coordinates: 54°36′51″N 005°52′37″W / 54.61417°N 5.87694°W / 54.61417; -5.87694
Type Royal Air Force station
Site information
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Royal Navy
Site history
Built 1939 (1939)
In use 1939-1970 (1970)
Airfield information
Elevation 0 metres (0 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
04/22  Asphalt
00/00  Concrete

Royal Air Force Sydenham or more simply RAF Sydenham is a former Royal Air Force station in Northern Ireland. In the 1970s it was the main servicing base for Blackburn Buccaneer aircraft, employing 650 civilian workers.[1]


The following units were posted here at some point:[2]

Current use[edit]

The site is now George Best Belfast City Airport.


  1. ^ Northern Ireland Committee of Irish Congress of Trade Unions, "The Defence Stations in Northern Ireland: The Case for Retention", March 1976
  2. ^ "Sydenham (Belfast City) (George Best Belfast City)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 15 February 2015.