RAF Kirkistown

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RAF Kirkistown
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Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Portavogie, County Down
Built 1941 (1941)
In use 1941-1946 (1946)
Elevation AMSL 276 ft / 84 m
Coordinates 54°27′18″N 005°27′57″W / 54.45500°N 5.46583°W / 54.45500; -5.46583Coordinates: 54°27′18″N 005°27′57″W / 54.45500°N 5.46583°W / 54.45500; -5.46583
RAF Kirkistown is located in Northern Ireland
RAF Kirkistown
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RAF Kirkistown is a former Royal Air Force satellite airfield located 6.3 miles (10.1 km) of Ballyhalbert, County Down, Northern Ireland and 6.3 miles (10.1 km)

It was a satellite to the RAF Fighter Command airfield at Ballyhalbert on the Ards Peninsula.


RAF Ballyhalbert opened officially on 28 June 1941 and the Kirkistown satellite airfield opened in July 1941.[citation needed] On 22 January 1942, No. 504 Squadron RAF moved to Kirkistown.[1] In 1945 Ballyhalbert Airfield transferred to the Admiralty and became a Royal Naval Air Station commissioned as HMS Corncrake. On 17 July 1945 Kirkistown Airfield was commissioned as HMS Corncrake II.[2]

Current use[edit]

Today the site is home to Kirkistown Circuit, a regular venue for car and motorcycle races. The circuit utilises the northern parts of the former air base's runways and perimeter roadways.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 95.
  2. ^ "Kirkistown". Ballyhalbert Airfield. A Brief Chronology. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Kirkistown". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 


  • Jefford, C.G, MBE, BA, RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.