Caversham Airfield

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Caversham Airfield
LocationCaversham, Australia
Coordinates31°50′16″S 115°58′27″E / 31.83778°S 115.97417°E / -31.83778; 115.97417Coordinates: 31°50′16″S 115°58′27″E / 31.83778°S 115.97417°E / -31.83778; 115.97417
Caversham Airfield is located in Western Australia
Caversham Airfield
Caversham Airfield
Location in Western Australia

Caversham Airfield, also known as Middle Swan Airfield was an airfield constructed at Caversham, Western Australia during World War II as a parent aerodrome for the United States Fleet Air Arm of the 7th Fleet.

The airfield had a triangle of three landing strips.[1]

Middle Swan was the parent airfield with the following satellite airfields:

The United States Army Air Corps also utilised the airfield during World War II.

It was also a gliding club location after the war.

Motor racing circuit[edit]

LocationCaversham, Australia
OwnerDepartment of Defence
OperatorWestern Australia Sporting Car Club
Major eventsAustralian Grand Prix
Australian Drivers' Champ.
Six Hour Le Mans
Length3.50 km (2.18 mi)

The airfield was later utilised as a motor racing circuit, hosting its first event in 1946.[2] It became Western Australia's premier motor racing venue, hosting the Australian Grand Prix in 1957 and 1962[3] and the Six Hour Le Mans endurance race from 1955 to 1968.[2] Racing activities ceased when the airfield was re-activated as a military facility for radio communications,[3] and Western Australian racing shifted to Wanneroo Raceway in 1969.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The usage of Gin Gin - at the Western Australian location - is found in some documents, but general usage is a single word with no duplication Gingin, Western Australia, there is another location in Australia with the duplicated form - see Gin Gin, Queensland


  1. ^ OzatWar Website
  2. ^ a b c Pedr Davis, The Macquarie Dictionary of Motoring, page 78
  3. ^ a b Gian De Poloni (18 November 2018). "Push to save Perth's historic WWII era Grand Prix racing track from development". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 18 November 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Lance Muir, Richard Duckworth, N. Hyde, (1946?) Flight without power - the art in Australia [videorecording]1 videocassette (VHS) (12 min., 2 sec.) : si., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in. PAL format [State Film Archives collection] Showing the activities of gliding clubs in the various Australian states. Shows local enthusiast, Ric New, and activities at the bases of operations at Lake Pinjar (Pinjar Soaring Club), West Subiaco (WA Flying Club) and Caversham (Perth Gliding Club) in 1941 and 1946. WA segment is appr. 3 mins.