Muharraq Airfield

Airfield Profile

Key Facts

Name: Muharraq Airfield
Alternate Name:  
Location: Muharraq
IATA Code: none
Usage: Military
Category: Major Air Base
Start: 1943


Operator: United States Navy

Operator’s Identity Codes:

Code Operator


Country Region Sub-Region
Bahrain Muharraq Governorate Muharraq

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: Manama – airport is 4 miles (7 km) northeast.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. N 26° 16′ 15.0″ E 050° 38′ 01.0″
Decimal N 26.270834° E 50.633610°

Elevation: 2 m/6 ft

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Name Changes

Bahrain Airport 1932 – 1943
RAF Bahrain 1943 – 1963
RAF Muharraq 1963 – 1971
Muharraq Airfield 1971 – Present

Narrative Summary

This page covers the military side of the airfield – the public/civilian area known as Bahrain International Airport is described separately.

Muharraq is the name of the military airfield which is co-located with Bahrain International Airport. The military base is a separate fenced-off compound on the northern side of the main runway, while the airport occupies the southern side. Between 29 September 1958 and 31 October 1971, it was home base to a number of Royal Air Force squadrons, including No.8, 30, 84, 105, 152 and 208 Squadrons. After the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, the base was host to deployments of Royal Air Force Tornado, Jaguar, VC10, Tristar, Buccaneer, Victor and Hercules aircraft. Combat operations operations against Iraq were conducted between January and March 1991, after which most of the aircraft returned home. A number of Tornados and Hercules remained for a few more months before heading home. RAF deployments to Muharraq continue is support of ‘Southern Watch’ missions over Iraq. The base is located on Al Muharraq Island, to the north east of Bahrain Island.

Key Dates

1932    Airfield opened for civilian air traffic
2 April 1943    RAF Bahrain opened
1 Dec 1963    Airfield renamed RAF Muharraq
15 Dec 1971    RAF station closed
Aug 1990    RAF deployment to support liberation of Kuwait
?    US Navy assumes control


Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
12L/30R 3956 12979 60 197 Paved
12R/30L 2530 8302 45 148 Paved


The following organisations are, or were, permanently based at this location:

Based Military Units

Unit Operator Arrived Departed Activity
212 Sqn RAF Dec 1942 May 1945 Maritime Patrol
208 Sqn RAF Dec 1961 Jun 1964 Maritime Patrol
17 Sqn RAF Nov 1990 May 1991 Ground Attack

Based Civilian Operators

Not applicable.

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information


‘The Story of Aviation in the Kingdom of Bahrain’ [Order this book from Amazon UK]

‘Action Stations Overseas’ [Order this book from Amazon UK]


Feature articles to be added.


RAF Bahrain

RAF Muharraq

RADFAN Hunters

Stations M

Disclaimer: Information is provided on this page for historical purposes only, and not for aerial navigation.

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