Shobdon Aerodrome

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Shobdon Aerodrome
Airport type Private
Operator Herefordshire Aero Club Ltd
Location Leominster
Elevation AMSL 317 ft / 97 m
Coordinates 52°14′30″N 002°52′52″W / 52.24167°N 2.88111°W / 52.24167; -2.88111Coordinates: 52°14′30″N 002°52′52″W / 52.24167°N 2.88111°W / 52.24167; -2.88111
EGBS is located in Herefordshire
Location in Herefordshire
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 836 2,743 Tarmac
940 3,084 Grass
308 1,010 Grass
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]

Shobdon Aerodrome (ICAO: EGBS) is an airportNM (11 km; 6.9 mi) west of Leominster,[1] Herefordshire, England.

RAF Shobdon[edit]

Shobdon started as a British Army camp. Out of range of long range German Luftwaffe bombers, it acted as a reception point for casualties received from Southampton distributed to existing local hospitals. With a depot railway station developed on the Leominster and Kington Railway, its first casualties arrived after the Battle of Dunkirk.

The camp was developed further by the United States Army from 1943, to act as a distribution point for two locally developed general hospitals. They also added a runway in cooperation with the Royal Air Force, but due to the marshy land only one runway was developed.[2]

In 1943, RAF No. 1 Glider Training School moved from RAF Thame to Shobdon,[3] enabling an increase in training of glider pilots in preparation for Normandy and Arnhem landings.[4]

The RAF Gliding School closed in 1953, when the site was handed to Herefordshire County Council.


Shobdon Aerodrome has a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Ordinary Licence (Number P779) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Herefordshire Aero Club Limited).[5] It is frequently used by air taxi services to Europe.

It is operated by Herefordshire Aero Club who provide light aircraft flight training together with aircraft storage and maintenance services, and is the home of the local LAA Strut.

Other air sports facilities based at Shobdon Airfield are:

From 1963 to 1990 Herefordshire Parachute Club was very active but now parachuting is no longer available at the airfield.



  1. ^ a b Shobdon - EGBS
  2. ^ "About Shobdon". Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  3. ^ "RAF Thame". Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  4. ^ "Shobdon". Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  5. ^ Civil Aviation Authority Aerodrome Ordinary Licences


  • Tony Hobbs "Flying For Fun in the Southern Marches" ISBN 9781904396796 Published by: Longaston Press.

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