Latitude 03°23'26" S Longitude 38°34'37"E

   
OPENED  

 

COMMISSIONED  

 

PAID OFF 15 May1944? to Care & Maintenance On books of H.M.S. 'Tana'

 

CLOSED  

 

   
FUNCTION Facilitates for disembarked units.

[Emergency landing ground only while under Care & Maintenance]

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Section.

Voi,

Kenya,

East Africa

 

LOCALITY The airfield lies on a high, bush-covered plateau 2½ miles WNW. of the small town of Voi, and on the W. side of the Mombasa-Nairobi road and railway running NNW. from that town. R.N.A.S. Mackinnon Road lies 39 miles SE. buy E. Kilindini Harbour, Mombasa, lies 79 miles SE by E.. Nairobi lies 164 miles NW.

 

LANDMARKS The railway station at Voi, with three railway lines, and adjacent roads, radiating NNW. to Nairobi SE. to Kilindini and SW. by W. to Arusha, respectively.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Access to Kilindini by rail and road.

By rail the journey to Kilindini takes 36 to 40 hours for goods, and is unsuited to the towing of aircraft.

The distance by road is 6o miles (R) ; the road is not very good, and is unsuited to the towing of aircraft.
Kilindini harbour is equipped with deep-water berths and several 3- and 5-ton electric mobile cranes. A 10-ton crane and a 60-ton floating crane available.

 

   
CONTROL No Control Building.

 

ELEVATION 2000' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS /LANDING AREA Irregular. Hard p-packed red, sandy soil, liable to become soft after heavy rain. Maximum runs available:


NNE/SSW .... 1265 yds.

WNW/ESE ....1200  yds

 

TRACKS None

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Mountains rising to 2,500' above the airfield 3 to 5 miles and about 2,000' above 41/2 miles SE.

 

APPROACH None.

Safest approach in low visibility, to avoid high ground, is from the N., S. or SW., but except for narrow gaps the ground rises to at least 1,000' above the airfield within a 7 mile radius.

 

WIND INDICATOR One windsock, in the NE corner of landing area.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL None

 

HOMING--RADIO None

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day - None 

By night - None.

 

APPROACH - RADIO None.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT W/T station complete. details mot known, but  one channel exists to R.N.A.S. Nairobi, Port Reitz and Tanga.

 

GROUND RADAR None.

 

   
Before work on this station was stopped in 1944, the following facilities were completed:- 

 

ACCOMMODATION Limited sanction and ablution facilities for 40 Officers and 100 ratings at an adjacent camp site whish could accommodate a tented area.

 

STORES One building for main stores and one for victualling stores, completed.

 

ARMOURIES None.

 

COMPASS BASE None.

 

DISPERSAL None.

 

HANGARS None.

 

MEDICAL There is a missionary Doctor at Teita Hills, distant about 35 miles W.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Prevalent winds : November to March are NE. April to September are SE.
Rainy seasons : March to May and October and November.
The weather is suitable for flying all the year except for occasional days when the strips are U/S due to rain.

No service while on Care & Maintenance.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: Not known.
M/T: Not known.
Oil : Not known.

 

TEST BASE None.

 

TEST BUTT None.

 

WORKSHOPS None.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES None.
   
   
Information taken from CB 4368 B. Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Aug. 45

 

 

List of first and second line squadrons, station flight and other flying units based at this location

 

List of first and second line squadrons, station flight and other flying units based at this location

 
  No squadrons are recorded as based at this station

 

 

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