Interactive map of RFC, RNAS and RAF bases

When the Royal Flying Corps was formed in 1912 it used existing army bases and small aerodromes. During the First World War further bases were developed according to need, location and sometimes due to land being gifted to the military.

Over time the RAF has opened and closed bases according to need and suitability. During the Second World War and the early years of the Cold War hundreds of bases existed all across the UK. The map on this page plots all the RFC, RNAS and RAF bases from the First World War to today. 

Contribute to the map

As part of the legacy of RAF100 we would like groups to research and tell us about the history and people of those bases. That information will then be uploaded to the site as part of the links to the map. Schools and young people as part of youth groups/Guides/Scouts etc. are encouraged to make their uploads/pieces of research part of our competition. Find out more

For anyone else wanting to contribute all information will be checked and validated before being uploaded and the material can use images as well as text. For further information contact

Once you start looking you might be surprised how close one was to where you live! 

How to use the map