RAF Gibraltar

RAF Gibraltar crest


RAF Gibraltar is located on the northern end of the Gibraltar peninsula, between the Spanish border and the Rock of Gibraltar.

The airfield's position at the western end of the Mediterranean makes it an ideal staging post for aircraft on operations and as a supporting base for major NATO exercises in the Mediterranean and Iberian peninsular areas. 

By providing an operational airhead capable of mounting UK and coalition military operations, the Station contributes to the maintenance of British sovereignty of Gibraltar.

The Government of Gibraltar also operates a civilian air terminal on the north side of the airfield which has scheduled flights to and from the UK.

The Defence Aerodrome Manual (DAM) is to inform and direct civilian aircrew using the RAF Gibraltar airfield.


Wing Commander John Kane in service dress uniform next to an RAF ensign

Wing Commander John Kane MA MSc BA Dip RSA Cert Ed RAF

Wing Commander Kane joined the RAF as an Aerospace Systems Operator in 1989. He has deployed extensively throughout the UK and abroad, in Iraq, Qatar, Turkey and Afghanistan, in leadership and training roles. He was awarded the US Army Meritorious Service Medal for his command in combat operations.

Wing Commander Kane assumed Command of RAF Gibraltar in September 2017.


RAF Gibraltar, Headquarters, Gibraltar, BFP0 52


Historically RAF Gibraltar has been a maritime airfield, associated with the Shackleton and Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft. 

Other regular visitors include Falcon and Hawk aircraft, which work with Royal Navy ships in the local Gibraltar exercise areas, and NATO aircraft including C130 and C17.

The airfield has a 6,000 feet runway, running from east to west, with about a third of it projecting outwards into the sea to the west. 

It is unusual in having a four lane public road (the main road into Spain) bisecting the runway. With prohibited Spanish airspace immediately to the north of the airfield and the 1,360 feet high Rock of Gibraltar only a quarter of a mile to the south it poses a unique challenge to pilots. Under certain conditions, linked to wind speed and direction, aircraft are prohibited from landing due to severe turbulence generated around the Rock.

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