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Airfield Camp, Netheravon

Closure of Airfield Camp, Netheravon

The 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the 70th anniversary of the Glider Pilot Regiment coincided in 2012. Airfield Camp at Netheravon will effectively close in the same year. In 1911 Salisbury Plain was the backdrop to the aviation activity that would result in the formation of the Royal Flying Corps the following year. The Central Flying School was established a Upavon in 1912 and grew rapidly. Later that year, No 3 Squadron RFC re-located to a site nearby using one of the Cavalry School buildings that are still in existance today. That led to the creation of Netheravon airfield or Choulston Camp as it was then known. A article on Airfield Camp, published in the Army Air Corps Journal 2011 pp 40-42 can be found via the Downloads link on the right.

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