Handley Page Halifax V of 1663 HCU
|Owner||Ministry of Defence|
|Operator||Royal Air Force|
|Location||Rufforth, North Yorkshire|
|Elevation AMSL||52 ft / 16 m|
The airfield had one B1 and two T2 hangars and 36 aircraft hard standings and there was accommodation for 1,531 males and 251 females of all ranks.
- No. 158 Squadron RAF November 1942 - February 1943
- No. 1663 Heavy Conversion Unit (HCU) 7 Group Training Command 1943 - 1945
Currently (2014) the site is split into two parts. Rufforth East is an arable farm owned by the Becketts, a local farming family. Microlights and autogiros operate off the east end of runway 05/23 and a north-south link taxiway. The gyrocopter school operated by Phil Harwood has a showroom with a small museum attached to it, which is open to the public and admission is free. Rufforth West is owned by The York Gliding Centre, a Community Action Sports Club, which operates a small fleet of single and two seat gliders off runway 17/35 and the west end of runway 05/23. Pilots visiting Rufforth West, must ring the club for prior permission to land and must not overfly Rufforth East or Rufforth village to the north of the airfield. The centre section of runway 05/23 was dug up, and the land returned to agricultural use. Runway 11/29 is disused and is occasionally used by a local motorcycle safety training company for safety courses.
Airline TV series
Airline was a period drama series set at the end of the Second World War. Its main character is Jack Ruskin (played by Roy Marsden) who as a demobbed RAF transport pilot tries to set up his own airline using a DC3/C-47.
The series also starred Polly Hemingway as Jennie, Richard Heffer as Peter Witney, Sean Scanlan as Mc Evoy and Terence Rigby as Ernie Cade.
The series ran for 9 Episodes.
- Control Towers UK - Rufforth (website accessed: 27/07/10)
- Royal Air Force - Bomber Command History - RAF Rufforth (website accessed 27/07/10)
- 158 Squadron history - Bases - For operations with Coastal Command, 7/25 Nov 1942
- Yorkshire Aircraft- accidents (website accessed: 27 July 2010)
- York Stories - Memorials: lost crews of World War Two (website accessed: 27 July 2010)
- Memorable TV- Airline, Ruskin Air (website accessed: 27/07/10)
- Ruskin Air Services(website accessed: 27/07/10)
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