RAF Heathfield

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RAF Heathfield
RNAS Ayr (HMS Wagtail)
USAAF Station 570
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svgNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Near Prestwick, South Ayrshire in Scotland
RAF Heathfield is located in South Ayrshire
RAF Heathfield
RAF Heathfield
Shown within South Ayrshire
Coordinates55°29′10″N 004°35′56″W / 55.48611°N 4.59889°W / 55.48611; -4.59889Coordinates: 55°29′10″N 004°35′56″W / 55.48611°N 4.59889°W / 55.48611; -4.59889
TypeRoyal Air Force station
Site information
OwnerAir Ministry
OperatorRoyal Air Force
Royal Navy
United States Air Force
Site history
Built1940 (1940)
In use1941-1957 (1957)
Airfield information
Elevation14 metres (46 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
00/00  Concrete
00/00  Concrete
00/00  Concrete

RAF Heathfield, sometimes known as RAF Ayr/Heathfield due to its proximity to Glasgow Prestwick Airport, which was also used by military flights, is a former Royal Air Force station.

Like many other wartime airfields, its runways were of the triangular layout.


Royal Air Force use[edit]

The following units were posted here at some point:

Royal Navy use[edit]

On 6 September 1944 Heathfield was handed over to the Royal Navy and was designated as HMS Wagtail. One runway was redesigned and used by the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm to practice aircraft carrier landings.

The following units were posted here at some point:

The site was used by the United States Air Force between 1951 and 1957 for storage.[1]

Current use[edit]

The site is now a mixture of housing, farmland and a golf club.[1]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by "Ayr II (Heathfield)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  2. ^ Sturtivant, Ballance 1994, p. 338.
  3. ^ Sturtivant, Ballance 1994, p. 339.
  4. ^ Sturtivant, Ballance 1994, p. 352.
  5. ^ Sturtivant, Ballance 1994, p. 353.
  6. ^ Sturtivant, Ballance 1994, p. 355.
  7. ^ a b Sturtivant, Ballance 1994, p. 357.
  8. ^ Sturtivant, Ballance 1994, p. 359.