UK’s ex Royal Air Force airbase sold for £1

Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 13:28

London: The former Royal Air Force (RAF) airbase at Machrihanish on Kintyre Peninsula has been sold for a pound.

The buyer is a company owned and controlled by local people, who hope the site can help revive the local economy near Campbeltown.

The airbase, which was initially owned by the UK’s Ministry of Defence, was a strategically important site during the Cold War.

According to The BBC, the Machrihanish Airbase Community Company wants to attract businesses to the area and create jobs. The 1,000 acre site includes Campbeltown Airport and a wind turbine manufacturing facility.

The Machrihanish base was used to house one of only three US Navy Special Warfare teams in the world, as well as an American Seal commando unit and Royal Marines, but since the military pulled out in the mid-90s, much of the site has been largely empty.


First Published: Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 13:28
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