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RAF Hythe

Ensign of the Royal Air Force

Located near Hythe in Hampshire
Disused RAF Building in Hythe. - geograph.org.uk - 373032
Disused RAF building, March 2007
Type Factory
Coordinates Latitude: 50.8667
Longitude: -1.3924
Built 1924 (1924)
In use 1925-2006
Current
owner
Air Ministry until 1964
Ministry of Defence
Controlled by Royal Air Force

RAF Hythe was an RAF base situated in Hythe, Hampshire, 10 miles south of Southampton on the western side of Southampton Water.

Hangars were first erected here by May-Harden-May Ltd, acquired by Supermarine in 1925. The site was used for final assembly of marine aircraft. The site again changed hands in 1937 to be acquired by Imperial Airways (later BOAC) who until November 1950 used the site for flying boat maintenance. Later, from 1967, the facilities were used by the US Field Army Support Brigade/Combat Equipment Battalion-Hythe mainly for small boat repairs. At this time, the base became known as RAF Hythe.[1] The station, the last U.S. Army installation in the United Kingdom,[2] closed on 30 September 2006 after the American Army left following a cost-cutting exercise.[3][4] The site has been acquired by the South East England Development Agency which plans to open it as a marine business park.[5]

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