Hullavington Airfield

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Hullavington Airfield
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
IATA: noneICAO: EGDV
Summary
Airport type Miltary
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Hullavington, Wiltshire
Built 1937
In use 1937 - 1993
Elevation AMSL 201 ft / 104 m
Coordinates 51°31′30″N 002°08′00″W / 51.52500°N 2.13333°W / 51.52500; -2.13333Coordinates: 51°31′30″N 002°08′00″W / 51.52500°N 2.13333°W / 51.52500; -2.13333
Map
EGDV is located in Wiltshire
EGDV
EGDV
Location in Wiltshire
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/14 3,460 1,070
06/15 3,490 1,250 Asphalt

Hullavington Airfield (IATA: ­­—ICAO: EGDV) is an airfield in Hullavington, near Chippenham, Wiltshire, England. The site is the former RAF Hullavington [1] a Royal Air Force station.

History[edit]

The site was opened on 9 July 1937 as a Flying Training School. With the beginning of the Second World War top officers from allied nations came to Hullavington to share ideas and ways of using aircraft. An effective Met. Office was also stationed at Hullavington. An aircraft which left every day at dawn flew at various heights in order to send data back for the Met. Office to assess the weather.[2]

In 1970 RAF Hullavington hosted the World Aerobatic Championships.[3]

Units posted to the station[edit]

The station has performed many different roles; these are summarised with dates below:

Royal Air Force[edit]

Royal Air Force Regiment[edit]

Air Transport Auxiliary[edit]

  • No. 8 Ferry Pilot Pool between November 1940 and March 1941.[citation needed]
  • No. 1427 (Ferry Training) Flight between 18 May and 5 September 1942.[citation needed]

Defence Codification Data Centre[edit]

The Defence Codification Data Centre (DCDC) lodged in a purpose-built computer suite at RAF Hullavington from its establishment in 1966 until its dispersal to Glasgow in 1986, where it merged with its parent body, the Defence Codification Authority.[citation needed]

Current usage[edit]

Today the barracks of the site (east of the airfield) is used as the home of 9 Theatre Logistic Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (RLC)[14] and it was renamed in 2003 Buckley Barracks after the VC winner John Buckley.[15]

The airfield, West of the main barracks, is still referred to as "Hullavington Airfield" after its RAF origins.[14] In 1992 and 1993, two Volunteer Gliding Schools moved in[16] operating using the 'Viking' - a modified version of the civilian Grob 103.[17] During 2013 621 VGS and 625 VGS merged together to from 621 VGS.[16]

Throughout the week, Hullavington Airfield is used by mainly the Army Air Corps and the Royal Air Force for parachute drop training, and by 9 Theatre Logistic Regiment RLC of the Royal Logistic Corps as storage space using the airfield's hangars.[citation needed]

Hangar 88 is currently used by M4 Karting.[18]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ UKGA about EGDV
  2. ^ 'Personal Memories of Two World Wars', Raymond Welcomme (January 1987)
  3. ^ "1970". German Aerobatics. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "RAF Hullavington airfield". Control Towers. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Lake 1999, p. 135.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Hullavington". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Lake 1999, p. 120.
  8. ^ Lake 1999, p. 113.
  9. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 57.
  10. ^ a b Lake 1999, p. 116.
  11. ^ a b Lake 1999, p. 64.
  12. ^ Lake 1999, p. 19.
  13. ^ "On a wing and a prayer". Wiltshire Life. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Home". 621 Volunteer Gliding Squadron. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Barracks to salute hero". This is Wiltshire. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "The History of Hullavington Airfield". 621 Volunteer Gliding Squadron. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Aircraft at 621VGS". 621 Volunteer Gliding Squadron. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Contact us". M4 Karting. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 

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