Elstree Airfield

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London Elstree Aerodrome
Elstree Airfield from the air..jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Montclare Shipping Co. Ltd
Operator Aldenham Aviation LLP
Serves Elstree
Location Aldenham
Elevation AMSL 332 ft / 101 m
Coordinates 51°39′21″N 000°19′33″W / 51.65583°N 0.32583°W / 51.65583; -0.32583Coordinates: 51°39′21″N 000°19′33″W / 51.65583°N 0.32583°W / 51.65583; -0.32583
EGTR is located in Hertfordshire
Location in Hertfordshire
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 651 2,136 Asphalt
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]

London Elstree Aerodrome (ICAO: EGTR) is an operational general aviation aerodrome located in Elstree, and is situated 2.6 nautical miles (4.8 km; 3.0 mi) east of Watford, Hertfordshire, England.

Elstree Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P486) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Aldenham Aviation LLP).[2]


The aerodrome was returned to civil aircraft operations in 1946 and has since been used by aero clubs and private pilot owners for the basing and operation of single and twin engined light aircraft and helicopters. There is a large wartime built Bellman hangar and smaller hangars which are used for aircraft maintenance and storage.

Elstree Airfield seen from the northwest.


On 29 November 1975, British Formula One champion and team owner Graham Hill was killed when the Piper PA-23 he was piloting crashed on approach to the airfield in foggy conditions at night, 3 nm (5 km) east of the runway. The other five occupants of the twin-engine six-seat aircraft, all members of the Embassy Hill racing team, including driver Tony Brise, were also killed.[3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ Elstree - EGTR
  2. ^ Civil Aviation Authority Aerodrome Ordinary Licences
  3. ^ "Plane crash kills driver Graham Hill". Pittsburgh Press. (Pennsylvania, U.S.). UPI. November 30, 1975. p. D-1. 
  4. ^ "Racing mourns death of Graham Hill". Milwaukee Sentinel. (Wisconsin, U.S.). UPI. December 1, 1975. p. 5, part 2. 
  5. ^ "After cheating death 20 years, Hill killed in air crash". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. (Florida, U.S.). Associated Press. December 1, 1975. p. 1C. 
  6. ^ "Report No: 14/1976. Piper PA 23-250 Turbo Aztec 'D', N6645Y. Report on the accident at Arkley Golf Course, Arkley, Hertfordshire on 29 November 1975". AAIB. 29 September 1976. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 


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