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The base is now on what is termed "care and maintenance" — this allows the airfield to be used by civilian airlines, which may conduct scheduled and charter flights from the aerodrome. The MoD are responsible for the upkeep of the aerodrome, which may sometimes be used by military detachment whilst on exercise. During times of conflict or national emergency, the aerodrome could revert to its intended military use. In 2005 the MoD was still reported to be considering reactivating the base
While sitting around at the end of the main runway, the radio crackled to life on Campbeltown Tower 125.900mhz. Being taken totally off guard, a puma helicopter suddenly appeared flying down the centre line of the runway. With a hard right hand break right in front of us, the helicopter flew back down the base and disappeared. This was the first and last time the helicopter was seen or heard from through the rest of the day.