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Laikipia Air Base

Laikipia Air Base (IATA: n/a, ICAO: n/a) is a Kenya Air Force base located approximately 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) west-northwest of Nanyuki, Kenya.

Laikipia AB was established in 1974 as Nanyuki Air Base and later renamed for the county in which it is located.

Laikipia Air Base

Laikipia Air Base

Location of the airport in Kenya

Coordinates 00°01′51″N
Type Air Base
Site information
Owner Kenya Defence Forces
Operator Kenya Air Force
Site history
Built 1973 (1973)/4
In use 1974-present
Airfield information
Elevation 1,865 metres (6,119 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
02/20 4,000 metres (13,123 ft) Concrete


On 25 February 1974, Nanyuki Air Base was opened by the Kenya Air Force (KAF) as its primary airfield for fighter aircraft. In June 1974, the KAF's fleet of BAC Strikemaster aircraft were transferred from RAF Eastleigh (later named KAF Eastleigh) to Nanyuki Air Base. Also in 1974, the KAF purchased six Hawker Hunter combat jets from the Royal Air Force and located them at Nanyuki Air Base (which had since its opening been renamed KAF Nanyuki). In 1978, the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter was introduced to the KAF and also based at Nanyuki, and the following year, Nanyuki became the home of the KAF's fleet of Hawker Siddeley Hawk flight training jets.

After the a failed coup by a group of KAF officers on 1 August 1982, the Kenya Air Force was disbanded and placed under the control of the Kenyan Army. During this period, KAF Eastleigh was renamed Moi Air Base and KAF Nanyuki was renamed Laikipia Air Base.

In August 2014, gunmen drove into one of the airfield's gate and opened fire. One soldier was injured.

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