Long Marston Airfield

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Long Marston Airfield
Summary
Airport typeCivilian
LocationLong Marston
Elevation AMSL155 ft / 47 m
Coordinates52°08′15″N 001°45′09″W / 52.13750°N 1.75250°W / 52.13750; -1.75250Coordinates: 52°08′15″N 001°45′09″W / 52.13750°N 1.75250°W / 52.13750; -1.75250
Map
Long Marston is located in Warwickshire
Long Marston
Long Marston
Location in Warwickshire
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
02/20 0 0 Grass
04/22 0 0 Asphalt
11/29 0 0 Asphalt
16/34 0 0 Asphalt

Long Marston Airfield was a Royal Air Force base between 1941 and 1954, situated approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) south west of Stratford-upon-Avon near the village of Long Marston in Warwickshire.

It is now managed by Anthony Hodges, and is home to:

  • Second World War airfield buildings
  • Unusual F.C. Construction 'Mushroom' pillboxes
  • Microflights Flying School
  • Avon Microlight Club
  • Freedom Sports Aviation - club and flying school; Chief Flying Instructor Simon Baker)
  • MotorGlide - gliding club specialising in motorgliders
  • the Shakespeare County Raceway dragstrip
  • the Long Marston Clay Shooting Ground.

It is also well known as a venue for summertime music festivals, including Godskitchen Global Gathering, the Bulldog Bash, and the Phoenix Festival.

Runways[edit]

Main runway, hard surface: 04/22 (of which the SW third is used as a drag strip)
Grass strip: 02/20
Disused runway, hard surface: 11/29 (buildings, Sunday market, etc.)
Disused runway, hard surface: 16/34 (used for aircraft movements to hangars, driver training, etc.)

History[edit]

The airfield was previously RAF Long Marston a Royal Air Force station used for training during the Second World War. The station closed during 1954.[1]

Future[edit]

On 26 November 2015, a Stratford District Council planning committee approved plans by CALA Homes to build 400 houses on the site, part of their proposed development scheme which aims to eventually feature 3,500 houses.[2] As a consequence, the remaining airfield buildings will be demolished, the runways and drag strip removed and the businesses will be forced to close or relocate.

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "RAF Long Marston". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Green light given to plans for 400 homes on Long Marston Airfield". Stratford Observer. Retrieved 27 November 2015.

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