RAF Northolt is a Royal Air Force station situated in South Ruislip,
2 NM (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) east by northeast of Uxbridge in the London
Borough of Hillingdon, West London. Approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) north
of London Heathrow Airport, the station also handles a large number of
private civil flights; its location near to the A40 road link with
central London and close proximity to Ruislip Gardens tube station has
also made it popular with business people and politicians. Northolt has
one runway in operation, spanning 1,684 m × 46 m (5,525 ft
× 151 ft), with a grooved asphalt surface. Originally established for
the Royal Flying Corps, it has the longest history of continuous use of
any RAF airfield. Before the outbreak of the Second World War, the
station was the first to take delivery of the Hawker Hurricane. The
station played a key role during the Battle of Britain, when fighters
from several of its units, including No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron,
engaged enemy aircraft as part of the defence of London. More recently
the station has become the hub of British military flying operations in
the London area. RAF squadrons, including No. 32 (The Royal) Squadron
are based at RAF Northolt.
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