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RAF Croughton.
Category. Statistic.
Location. UK.
Opened in. 1938 as Brackley Landing Ground.
Closed in. Open.
Operated by. Royal Air Force (1939-1947) then the United States Air Force (1950-Present) It is a communications station that forms part of the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) communications network.
Owned by. RAF/USAFE.
Outside links. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Croughton, https://sputniknews.com/us/201612061048204317-pentagon-fails-estimate-cost-u/, http://www.fraw.org.uk/croughtonwatch/jiac_plans/satcom-design_statement.pdf, http://www.fraw.org.uk/croughtonwatch/jiac_plans/satcom-design_statement.pdf, http://www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil/MOS/f?p=132:CONTENT:0::NO::P4_INST_ID,P4_INST_TYPE:8,INSTALLATION, https://www.facebook.com/groups/148140290079/, https://sputniknews.com/voiceofrussia/news/2014_05_18/Washington-to-spend-over-300-mln-on-largest-intelligence-hub-outside-US-1425/ and https://www.thebalance.com/raf-croughton-installation-overview-3344148 .
RAF Croughton 1977

RAF Croughton Front Gate Sign, 1977.

RAF Croughton - geograph.org.uk - 464357

The 'RAF Croughton dish'. RAF Croughton Looking from the entrance on the A43. (Bet you get a good picture with that!) Date: 11 June 2007. Attribution: David Luther Thomas.

Royal Air Force Croughton or more simply RAF Croughton is a Royal Air Force station which is currently a United States Air Force communications station in Northamptonshire, England. It is southeast of the village of Croughton. The station is home to the 422nd Air Base Group and operates one of Europe's largest military switchboards and processes approximately a third of all U.S. military communications in Europe.

From 1947 to 1950 the Station remained fairly quiet and forgotten except for its occasional use as an ammunition store. That all changed toward the end of 1950 when the USAF took over the station when the 1969th Communications Squadron at South Ruislip formed a detachment at RAF Croughton. This began RAF Croughton’s new communications mission. Over the next several decades the units stationed at RAF Croughton changed many times, but the mission remained communications. In 1955 this detachment became the 1230th Airways and Air Communications Service Squadron (AACS). As part of the establishment of the Air Force Communication Service as a separate major command, Air Force Communications Command, in 1961, the 1230 AACS re-designated to become the 2130th Communications Squadron (CS). In just over ten years the mission and unit grew to the point that it needed to re-designate to the 2130th Communications Group (CG). By 1977, the 2130 CG controlled USAF communication resources from as far south as Cornwall, England and as far north as Keflavík, Iceland.

It is a major communications hub in the US military system and was reportedly upgraded in 2014.

It was next to:

  1. RAF Upper Heyford
  2. RAF Longsparrow (faked airfield)
  3. RAF Smallcart (faked airfield)

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