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1,630ft (05/23) grass

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RAF Odiham is located east of Basingstoke in Hampshire, and is a front line support helicopter base working within the Joint Helicopter Command.

RAF Odiham is home to the UK Chinook Force and operates three Chinook squadrons. The Chinook Display Team is also based here.

The base is also home to No.1827 (Odiham) Squadron Air Training Corps, the Kestrel Gliding Club and the King's Helicopter Flight.

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RAF Odiham Scanner Frequencies
Approach - 131.300, 275.450
Director - 313.375
PAR - 245.625, *123.300
Tower - 119.225, 267.400
Ground - 339.825
ATIS - 370.750
*= NATO Common Frequency

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Aircraft & Squadrons
RAF Odiham is primarily responsible for providing rapid mobility world-wide for the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force in support of Defence Missions and tasks.

It is home to three RAF Chinook Squadrons (7 Sqn, 18 Sqn & 27 Sqn). 18 Sqn & 27 Sqn are part of the Support Helicopter Force (Joint Helicopter Command) and 7 Sqn is part of the Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing (Strategic Command) providing aviation support to the United Kingdom Special Forces.

The King's Helicopter Flight is currently based at RAF Odiham with two Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopters (G-XXEB & G-XXED).

It is also home to No.1827 (Odiham) Squadron (Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wing) Air Training Corps (ATC), and the Kestrel Gliding Club.

7 Squadron - Chinook HC5, HC6, HC6A.
18 Squadron - Chinook HC5, HC6, HC6A.
27 Squadron - Chinook HC5, HC6, HC6A.

Some of the oldest Chinook helicopters will be retired and replaced by newer variants which will enhance capability and have extended range. See the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Aircraft were flown from here from 1925 but it became a permanent airfield in 1937.

During WW2 it became a base for Mustangs and Hawker Typhoons, with later aircraft including the Lysander, Blenheim, Spitfire and Mosquito. After the Allied invasion of Europe the site became a prisoner of war camp.

After the Second World War, Odiham was part of RAF Fighter Command and operated Spitfires, Meteors, Vampires, Hunters and Javelins.

The base was later reopened as part of Transport Command with Westland Whirlwind and Bristol Belvedere helicopters operating from the base. From 1961 to 1981 the Westland Wessex was based here, joined by the Aerospatiale Puma of 33 Squadron and 230 Squadron in 1970. In 1981, the Wessex helicopters were moved to RAF Aldergrove, followed by 33 Squadron's Pumas in 1997, to RAF Benson.

RAF Odiham received the Chinook HC1 helicopters in 1981, the Chinook HC2 in 1993, the Chinook HC3 (a special forces variant) was ordered in 1995 but later retro-fitted with HC2 avionics during 2009/2010. 618 Volunteer Gliding Squadron arrived in July 2000 with their Vigilant T1 gliders for the Air Cadet Organisation. From the end of 2010, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire Police share two helicopters (Eurocopter EC-135) which are based at RAF Odiham.

In January 2018 the AAC Lynx was decommissioned and there was a special commemorative tour on 16th January 2018. The Army Air Corps flew four of the last remaining Lynx AH.9A airframes from RAF Odiham in Hampshire which included a Lynx helicopter painted in a special livery to commemorate 657 Squadron AAC. More information about this event can be found here.


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