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RNAS Kingsnorth
RAF Kingsnorth
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IATA: none – ICAO: none
Airport type Military
Location Kingsnorth, Isle of Grain
Occupants Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Coordinates 51°25′22″N 0°36′07″E / 51.42278°N 0.60194°E / 51.42278; 0.60194Coordinates: 51°25′22″N 0°36′07″E / 51.42278°N 0.60194°E / 51.42278; 0.60194
Kent UK location map
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RNAS Kingsnorth
Location in Kent

RNAS Kingsnorth was a First World War Royal Navy air station for seaplanes and airships, mainly operating as an experimental and training station, but also providing anti-submarine patrols. A number of experimental and prototype blimps were designed and constructed there.

It was located at the south eastern coast of the Isle of Grain in Kent.


Royal Naval Air ServiceEdit

In July 1914 the Royal Navy reformed its air branch, naming it the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS),[1] and took over the base and its development and training functions.

Royal Air ForceEdit

On 1 April 1918 the Royal Flying Corps and the RNAS combined to form the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the station became known as RAF Kingsnorth, eventually closing in 1925.

The site is now occupied by Kingsnorth Power Station.

See alsoEdit


  1. Naval Aviation History & FAA Origins - Fleet Air Arm Archive

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