Kemble is a civilian airfield which is home to an established flying club and other operators including the Delta Jets fleet which is based there and regularly fly their Hunters at various Airshows.
An amazing array of historic aircraft can also be seen at the Bristol Aero Collection Museum at Kemble.
Kemble has several events during the year including the popular Kemble Air Show (now called the Cotswold Air Show) in June, Fly-ins, and Open Days.
RAF Kemble was used as a huge training and maintenance base with No.5 Maintenance Unit being formed in 1938.
In 1940, No4 Service Ferry Pool arrived from Cardiff to help with the distribution of aircraft from manufacturers to Kemble and then to deliver them on again after modification by the MU to their respective operational units. The main runway was constructed during 1942 and extended a year later.
In the 1950s, Kemble received Jet aircraft including 550 Sabres which were prepared and sent to the RAF in Germany. The Hunter also arrived in force and became the mainstay of work through the 1980s which gave Kemble the nickname "Hunter MU".
The Central Flying School along with the Red Arrows arrived in the 1960s and stayed for 16 years until the RAF handed the base over to the USAF for rectification work on A-10 Thunderbolts. The Americans left in the early 1990's and Royal Air Force Kemble finally closed in March 1992.
Cotswold Air Show|
18th-19th June 2011
The Cotswold Airshow 2011 on 18th and 19th June commemorated the 60th anniversary of the legendary Hawker Hunter. Perhaps now the archetypal classic jet, a recurrent theme for air shows at Kemble over the years, the Hunter is an aircraft which evokes numerous memories and stirs many emotions.
Test pilot Neville Duke breaking the world air speed record, the Black Arrows record breaking 22 aircraft loop at Farnborough, the Blue Diamonds precision aerobatics, RAF and Royal Navy service with nearly 50 units and exports to more than 20 other countries; the Hunter is an aviation icon that achieved much and is a always delight to see.
Hunters from the UK and beyond will be flying in to the air show on the 18th and 19th June and, alongside a host of other classic jets, civilian display acts and modern military hardware, we'll be paying homage to one of the most famous and best loved British aircraft of all time.
2011 Cotswold Airshow website.
Best of British Show|
26th-27th August 2012
Cotswold Airport presents a brand new event celebrating the Best of British. Join them over the August Bank Holiday and enjoy a fantastic Flying Display, entertainment in the Arena, live music from the Sound Stage, fabulous food and much, much more.
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The Costswold Airshow
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