One hundred years of service (95 as a military flying station), means that RAF Northolt, based in South Ruislip is a reflection of aviation history. Northolt pre-dates the establishment of the Royal Air Force by almost three years, having opened in May 1915. It has the longest history of continuous use of any RAF airfield. More recently it has become a multipurpose Tri-service base serving the growing needs of a modern Armed Forces.
Marking this historic centenary the British Forces Philatelic Bureau, in conjunction RAF Northolt, has produced a special commemorative cover which will be released on the 3ʳᵈ March 2015.
The image on the cover uses the spoke from the station badge to depict the various units and activities that are now part of the base.The unique BFPS 3182 handstamp showing the Station’s badge cancels a red first class Machin stamp.
The cover comes complete with an A4 double-sided insert in full colour giving the base’s history. Both are presented in a cellophane sleeve to create a high quality souvenir of the centenary. This is a great opportunity for all the serving and civilian personnel of the airbase to purchase an official memento of it’s centenary birthday.