Perranporth Airfield

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Perranporth Airfield (Cornwall)
View of World War II control tower
Airport type Public
Operator Perranporth Airfield Ltd
Location Perranporth
Elevation AMSL 330 ft / 101 m
Coordinates 50°19′50″N 05°10′46″W / 50.33056°N 5.17944°W / 50.33056; -5.17944Coordinates: 50°19′50″N 05°10′46″W / 50.33056°N 5.17944°W / 50.33056; -5.17944
EGTP is located in Cornwall
Location in Cornwall
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 923 3,028 Asphalt
09/27 741 2,431 Asphalt
650 2,133 Asphalt
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]

Perranporth Airfield (ICAO: EGTP) airfield is located 1.5 NM (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) southwest of Perranporth and 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) southwest of Newquay, in the village of Trevellas, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is a former Second World War Royal Air Force fighter station.

Perranporth Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P787) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Perranporth Flying Club Limited). The aerodrome is not licensed for night use.[2]

Royal Air Force use[edit]

RAF Perranporth became operational on 28 April 1941. The airfield was used by 21 different squadrons flying Spitfires. The airfield was decommissioned in April 1946.

Postwar use[edit]

Perranporth Airfield is run by Perranporth Flying Club Ltd. They offer Air Experience Flights, Trial Lessons and PPL courses.

Perranporth is the only privately owned airfield in Cornwall to have tarmac runways and is suitable for use in all weathers. It is a good stopping off point for aircraft going to and from the Isles of Scilly, as well as being a good place to visit in its own right.

The airfield is one of the best examples of a second World War fighter base still in existence. Every type of bunker, air-raid shelter and revetment can be found here. Most are in very good condition. In fact, the tie-down points in the Spitfire revetments can still be used to tie aircraft down, seventy years after they were first put there.

Other activities taking place at Perranporth include parachuting, land yachting and cycling events. Clubs for radio controlled cars and aircraft also operate there from time to time.

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