RAF Khormaksar

RAF Khormaksar
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Aden in Yemen
RAF Khormaksar Crest.jpg
Motto: Into the Remote Places
RAF Khormaksar is located in Yemen
RAF Khormaksar
RAF Khormaksar
Shown within Yemen
Coordinates12°49′46″N 045°01′45″E / 12°49′46″N 045°01′45″E / 12.82944; 45.02917
Airfield information
IdentifiersIATA: ADE, ICAO: OYAA
Elevation1 metre (3 ft 3 in) AMSL
Runways
DirectionLength and surface
08/26 Asphalt
Belvedere HC.1 of 26 Squadron based at Khormaksar c1964

Royal Air Force Khormaksar or more simply RAF Khormaksar is a former Royal Air Force station in Aden, Yemen. Its motto was "Into the Remote Places".[1] During the 1960s, it was the base for nine squadrons and became the RAF's busiest-ever station as well as the biggest staging post for the RAF between the United Kingdom and Singapore.

It later became Aden International Airport.

History

Established in 1917, RAF Khormaksar was enlarged in 1945 as the British spread their influence deeper into the Arabian Peninsula. In 1958, a state of emergency was declared in Aden as Yemeni forces occupied nearby Jebel Jehaf and RAF squadrons were involved in action in support of the British Army. In the 1960s, during operations around Rhadfan, the station reached a peak of activity, becoming overcrowded and attracting ground attacks by rebels. In 1966, the newly elected Labour government in the United Kingdom announced that all forces would be withdrawn by 1968. Khormaksar played a role in the evacuation of British families from Aden in the summer of 1967. The station closed on 29 November 1967.

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