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Thornhill airfield

Last modified: 07 Aug 2015
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Country: Zimbabwe    Region: Midlands

Locale: Gweru

Latitude: 19° 26' 31" S     Longitude: 29° 51' 14" E

Area use / Military Branches: Joint mil/civ airfield

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Build 1941 and opened in 942, operated as an RATG base. Reactivated in late 1946 for Royal Air Force aircrew training, (including No.3 Air Navigation School operating Anson Is and later T.20s), but later closed.
Taken over by the RRAF in 1956 (runway reconstructed and radar installed).
Home of No.2 Ground Training School (by 1967) for initial cadet pilot training. Current home of the School of Flying Training, the Flying Instructors School and some flying squadrons operating
Bae Hawk http://img.wp.scn.ru/camms/ar/632/pics/125_1.jpg
FTB-337 http://www.combatreform.org/RLIfireforcecessna337lynxpairinformation.jpg
F-7 Chengdu http://www.aviationgraphic.com/998-1722-thickbox/chengdu-f-7ni-airguard-zimbabwetc-129.jpg
SF-260C http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/80/MARCHETTI_SF-260TP_HAITI.jpg
A military airfield, but facilities and runways are shared with civil aircraft operators. Home of all the jet aircraft, since the climate is conducive to good take-off performance.

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