Donnington Airpark

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Donnington Airpark
Woodstock Airport
IATA: noneICAO: YDOP
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator R.H & D.I Smith
Location Woodstock, Queensland, Australia
Elevation AMSL 250 ft / 76 m
Coordinates 19°36′48″S 146°50′30″E / 19.61333°S 146.84167°E / -19.61333; 146.84167Coordinates: 19°36′48″S 146°50′30″E / 19.61333°S 146.84167°E / -19.61333; 146.84167
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YDOP is located in Queensland
YDOP
YDOP
Location in Queensland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/292 1,524 5,000 Grass
Sources: AIP[1]

Donnington Airpark (ICAO: YDOP) is located on the Flinders Highway at Woodstock, a suburb of Townsville in Australia. It is also called Woodstock Airport and is known for its airshows.

There are rumours that it was built in 1942, and that the hard surfaced wartime runways have been removed, along with all of the buildings and former wartime structures. This is not true. Donnington Airpark was not a World War II airstrip. The airpark and associated grass runways were constructed on virgin bushland by Ray Smith in 1969, as a satellite airfield to Townsville Airport, for general aviation. It has never had a sealed surface. There are other airfields in the Woodstock area.

The Donnington Country Fly-In, later known as the Donnington Airshow and Country Fly-In, was held annually at Donnington Airpark from 1979 to 1993 inclusive. It showcased a wide range of aircraft types, from ultralights and gyrocopters to commercial, military and warbirds, with associated historic vehicle displays, trade displays and entertainment. The event was held as a fund-raiser for the Near and Far Auxiliary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) and was the longest-running privately organised airshow in North Queensland.

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  1. ^ YDOP – Donnington (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 29 May 2014