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Air field Kingsfield (ICAO: LCRE) is a small airfield in the Eastern Soverign Base Area in Cyprus.
The airfield was built for the Army Air Corps, possibly around 1960.
A Canberra bomber flies over in salute as Land Rovers of 33 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, emerge from a Beverley transport aircraft of 47 Squadron, RAF Transport Command, which landed on the 1,200 yard airstrip at Kingsfield on Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area to mark its official opening (THE BRITISH ARMY IN CYPRUS : THE 1960S © Crown copyright. IWM (MH 33993))
During a September 1972 (some sources say 1974) landing of a Hercules there was a bizarre incident at Kingsfield. One engine was kept running during unloading of the aircraft. The loadmaster was left in the cockpit, while the rest of the crew joined the queue to get ice-creams. Appearantly some mistakes were made and the brake pressure fell dramatically. As everyone in the queue watched, spellbound, the aircraft neatly taxied itself straight into the hangar door. A very considerable amount of damage was done to the nose of the aircraft. According to the Crusaders Gliding Club website: "It was, in fact, touch and go as to whether the aircraft was scrap or not."
In September 2014, I was mailed by David "Ozzy" Osborn, a former member of the Near East Air Force Parachute Medical Rescue Team (NEAFPMRT) and webmaster of exbrat.com and 210entry.com. He used to jump from C-130Ks on most Wednesday mornings from 1973 to August 1974, when Cyprus was invaded. He remembers the airfield to be affectionately called “Noddy Land” as they only used to work in the mornings because it was too hot in the afternoon. He was on the repair team of the C-130 (made up of members of 103MU) and responsible for removing the engines to put them into storage whilst the “riggers” repaired the aircraft. He told me it took about 9 months to repair the Hercules. According to David, a good mate of him was the marshaller on that day. After he had stopped the Hercules, he asked the pilot if he wanted the aircraft chocked (put wheel blocks under the gear to prevent it from rolling away) and the pilot said no. The crew got out and the pilot was buying the ice creams for everyone. He left the “loady”, the Air Load Master, on the brakes. However, the pilot had made a mistake of only leaving the number 3 engine running. Number 3 engine is the only one without a hydraulic pump and the parking brake automatically releases after 5 minutes. After the brakes released themselves, there was no hydraulic pressure left in the hydraulic accumulator to apply the brakes.