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RAF Locking site after demolition

RAF Locking was an RAF base just outside Weston-super-Mare in Somerset.



RAF Locking was opened as a training unit in 1937[1].

RAF Locking was the home to 87 Glider Squadron (87GS), later 621 Volunteer Glider Squadron (621VGS)[2].

The Technical Site of RAF Locking, as distinct from the airfield, was the home of the RAF's No.1 Radio School until its relocation in 1999 to RAF Cosford.

Other Use

From 1958 the site hosted the Helicopter Museum[3].

In the 1980s, the airfield element of the site was sold by the Ministry of Defence to Westland Helicopters.

21st Century

The base was bought by the South West of England Regional Development Agency and the agency English Partnerships from the Ministry of Defence in 2002. The agencies and North Somerset Council intend to attract high-tech companies to the site. In October 2006, Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology became one of the first such companies to announce its move there. Proposals are under consideration for an employment and residential development for the site that could deliver 25 hectares (61.8 acres) of employment space and up to 1,800 new homes.[4]





  • Tillbrook, Squadron Leader Ray. Over & Out - A History of Royal Air Force Locking, Told by the People Who Served. Rushden, Northamptonshire, UK: Forces & Corporate Publishing Ltd., 1998. ISBN 0-95295-973-9.

Coordinates: 51°20′18″N 2°54′17″W / 51.338293°N 2.904596°W / 51.338293; -2.904596


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