RAF Langford Lodge


RAF Langford Lodge

RAF Langford Lodge is a former Royal Air Force station near Belfast, Northern Ireland. Today the airfield is owned by Martin-Baker, the world's leading manufacturer of ejection seats.

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.

History

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.

Langford Lodge was a target in Operation Grün (Ireland), a second front to Operation Sealion, 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.

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

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

Today

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

ee also

* List of RAF stations

Links

[http://www.langfordmodelaviation.com/ Langford Model Aviation]

[http://www.langford-heli.com/ Langford Model Heli Club]


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