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Royal Air Force Station Ascension

RAF Ascension crest
Active 1942 - present
Country British overseas territories of Ascension Island
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Type Flying station
Role 1.) RAF/USAF: Staging Post
2.) NASA: Designated emergency landing site for Space Shuttle program
Part of British Armed Forces
Based Ascension Island
Nickname "Ascension", "Wideawake"
Motto Auxilium Transmare
Royal Air Force Ensign
March Royal Air Force March Past
Commanders
Station Commander Wg Cdr L M Davidson
Operations Officer Sqn Ldr N A West
Insignia
Station badge A swallow in flight
RAF Ascension
Wideawake Airbase/Field
IATA: ASI – ICAO: FHAW
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom)
Operator Royal Air Force / Serco Group
Location Georgetown, Ascension Island
Elevation AMSL 278 ft / 85 m
Coordinates 7°58′10″S 14°23′38″W / 7.96944°S 14.39389°W / -7.96944; -14.39389Coordinates: 7°58′10″S 14°23′38″W / 7.96944°S 14.39389°W / -7.96944; -14.39389
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 10,019 3,054 Asphalt
No Instrument landing system (ILS)

Royal Air Force Station Ascension, more commonly known as RAF Ascension Island, and sometimes known as Ascension Island Base, is a British military airbase on Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean, near the Equator.

History

In 1939 Ascension became important as a HF/DF radio station covering trade routes. After the United States entered World War II, an airstrip was built using a US task force.

The first aircraft to land on Ascension Island was a Fairey Swordfish from HMS Archer in 1942. In 1943 the United States Army Air Force set up Wideawake Airfield, by arrangement with the British government. The airfield was abandoned at the end of the war, and fell into disuse. The Americans returned in 1956, and reopened the airfield in 1957. The runway was lengthened and widened in the mid 1960s to allow for larger aircraft. USAF then, and later NASA established missile tracking facilities based at Cat Hill. Although NASA usage ended in 1967, USAF continues its usage with several hundred personnel, mostly contractors.

RAF Ascension Island was re-garrisoned by the RAF in 1982 and used extensively as a staging base during the Falklands War. Operation Black Buck, the long range bombing raids, were carried out from there. The base continues this staging post role for the Falkland Islands, for both the RAF and the United States Air Force.

Current Organisation

This is under the overall jurisdiction of the Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands, an officer of one-star rank. Since December 2009, this has been Commodore Philip Thicknesse RN, who relieved Air Commodore Gordon Moulds, the latter now commands Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. Ascension Island on a day-to-day basis is run by around sixty RAF personnel. The Current Station Commander is Wing Commander Liam Davidson, who splits his time between the base and RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, UK; with most of the running being controlled by Squadron Leader Nathan West as Operations Officer. Beneath him, the Operations Flight is responsible for Air Traffic Control of the station, plus aircraft handling, re-fuelling, security, immediate engineering and firefighting. The flight, including the Ops Officer, consists of four officers and around fifty-five non-commissioned service personnel.

The RAF presence on Ascension is backed up by United States Air Force personnel, who contribute a similar number of servicemen to ensure the effective running of the station, under the command of Captain Eduard Rodriguez, who is responsible to the RAF Station Commander.



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General Info
Country St. Helena
ICAO ID FHAW
Time UTC 0
Latitude -7.969597
07° 58' 10.55" S
Longitude -14.393664
014° 23' 37.19" W
Elevation 278 feet
85 meters
Type Military
Magnetic Variation 016° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency U.S.AIR FORCE
Alternate Name WIDEAWAKE
Island Group Ascension I
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
WIDEAWAKE TWR 126.2
284.1
ASCENSION RDO 10780
20390
ATLANTICO FIR 17955
13357
8861
5565
RAF HAVENS HF 11247
9031
4742
Communications Remarks  
RDO Ascension HF remoted to KADW.
TWR Pri RDO Blind Spot E of afld. Twr normally manned 1hr prior to PPR ETA, 30 min prior to engine start till 100 DME or 30 min after dep.
ACC (USAF) See Global HF Systems listing in FIH.


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
13/31 10019 x 150 feet
3054 x 46 meters
ASPHALT 052FBWT NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VORTAC ASI ASCENSION AUX AF 059X 112.2 At Field -
NDB ASN ASCENSION AUX AF - 360 1.7 NM 144.4


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet B, Wide cut turbine fuel, Without icing inhibitor.
Oil O-148, MIL L 7808 (Synthetic Base), Turboprop/Turboshaft Engine
Other Fluids SP, Single Point Refueling
JASU AM32A-60B
AIR: 130lb/min, 50 psia, AC: 120/208v, 400 cycle, 3 phase, 75kva, 0.75pf, 4 wire, DC:28v, 200 amp, 5.6kw

A/M32A-86
AC:115/200v, 3 phase, 90 kva, 0.8pf, 4 wire, DC: 28v,1500 amp, 72kw


Remarks
A-GEAR Bak-9 not connected. RAF controlled, requires 30 min prior notice.
CAUTION Numerous obst up to 921' within clear zone. Excessive turbulence/down drafts maybe experienced dur ldg apch Rwy 13. Rwy 13 has optical illusion due to slope of Rwy. Aircrews should be aware of single rwy opr with ltd crash removal eqpt/capability and accomplish flt planning accordingly.
FUEL J8. SP. Avbl 0800-1700 Mon-Fri, OT 48hr PN rqr.
JASU 3(am32A-95) 3(B809a)
LGT Rwy 13 apch ltd nstd 940, 7 bars with 3 lights each.
MISC All acft opr on PPR must ctc Ascension RO/RAF Haven HF at least 4hr prior to ETA. Twy C lctd left side btn 4000' and 3000' rwy 13 remaining mrk. Turn around area lctd at dep end Rwy 13 CLOSED, area beyond rwy edge stripes clsd to acft opsdue to poor cond. Grd enf maint coord with Fire stn. See FLIP AP/1, National Supplementary Pro. Consult FCG for diplomatic clnc and PPR rqr. Classified materials for aircrews are not avbl and stor space for classified material is ltd. Winds are est due to FMQ-13 wind sensors being accurate to within only +/- 4 kt. ATC/Wx will not include/relay wind corrections into forecasts/phraseology. Therefore, aircrews will incorporate a +/- 4 kt accuracy into their decision making process for flying opr. Asphalt 10019' rwy not grooved.
OPR HOURS Opr HX. Acft Comdr must ctc afld Global HF at least 4 hr prior to ETA or ASAP with ETA and fuel rqr.
RSTD OFFL BUS ONLY PPR, exc regularly sked AMC chan missions originating at Patrick AFB. Contact Station commander DSN 854-1110 ask for Ascension ext: 2200/2222 C 321-494-1110 ask for Ascension ext: 2200/2222, Inter 011-247-2200/2222. PPR goodfor +/- 1hr PPR time. Coord of PPR outside of time block by fone is required, or PPR Nr will be cancelled. Msg req rqr with FCG info rqr 10 days in advance toAscension Aux AF//CC/SM// with info copy to 45 MS Patrick AFB FL//XPR//. Ldg and tkof not auth unless Wideawake Twr is opr. All dep must climb to a min of 2000' AGL before turning on crs to avoid soaring frigate birds, also due to hvy bird concentration avoid BOATSWAIN BIRD I by 1 NM rad and 3000' AMSL.
TRAN ALERT Acft lavatory, water truck avbl, Acft crew has to connect to acft. 0800-1700 Mon-Fri thru RAF OT 48hr PN rqr. Chip detection inspection required by F-16's not available.



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