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34. Stornoway, Lewis. (NB 462 330)

The RAF base at Stornoway was closed in March 1998. It had operated as a Forward Operating Base for UK and NATO forces and had undergone massive refurbishment and expansion during the 1970s. This expansion saw the runway extended by 1,600ft, and the building of nine hardened aircraft hangers, new radar and navigational aids and a new control tower. RAF Stornoway acted as an air defence Forward Operating Base for the Tornado and for NATO maritime patrol aircraft. Due to the size and area of the base, Western Isles Council (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) introduced a new planning programme to deal with redevelopment of the site when it was closed on the 31st March 1998. The base was adjacent to the civilian airport at Stornoway operated by Highlands and Island Airports Limited, who bought 550 acres of the former base for £1million.

 

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