RAF Akrotiri recently gave the public a look at its six-decade history, from its involvement in Suez and Libya, up to present-day operations against so-called Islamic State.

A newly refurbished heritage centre has opened, containing a wealth of material from the last 62 years.

Built in 1955, St Paul’s church, the home of the museum, is one of Akrotiri’s oldest surviving buildings, and after months of historical detective work, it’s been transformed.

Over 200 people contacted the team involved in the refurbishment with their personal stories of their time at Akrotiri, some going as far back as 1955.

Akrotiri

Since it first opened in the mid-1960s RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus has been one of the UK’s key military assets.

From Suez to current operations against Islamic State, the station has a rich and fascinating history.

By the 1970s, it was the biggest station in the Royal Airforce, home to supersonic jets and cold war Vulcan bombers.

By the end of the 80s only the helicopters of 84 Squadron remained and the Station began its life as a training base.

RAF Akrotiri is regularly used as a training base for air exercises such as Exercise Springhawk, the Red Arrows’ pre-display season training and selection camp

As RAF Akrotiri looks forward, the next 3 years will see the whole airfield refurbished to accommodate the RAF’s new Voyager fleet, meaning that the Akrotiri will continue its role as one of the RAF’s most important bases.

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