RAF Silverstone

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RAF Silverstone
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
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RAF Silverstone in 1945.
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Near Silverstone, Northamptonshire/Buckinghamshire
Built 1942 (1942)
In use 1943-1947 (1947)
Elevation AMSL 512 ft / 156 m
Coordinates 52°04′19″N 001°00′44″W / 52.07194°N 1.01222°W / 52.07194; -1.01222Coordinates: 52°04′19″N 001°00′44″W / 52.07194°N 1.01222°W / 52.07194; -1.01222
RAF Silverstone is located in Northamptonshire
RAF Silverstone
RAF Silverstone
Location on the Bucks/Northants border
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Royal Air Force Station Silverstone or more simply RAF Silverstone is a former Royal Air Force (RAF) station, the site is now used as Silverstone Circuit. It straddles the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire border and is named after the nearby village of Silverstone. It is 10 miles (16 km) south west of Northampton, 11.1 miles (17.9 km) west of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and 13.9 miles (22.4 km) east of Banbury, Oxfordshire, England and was opened in 1943 during the Second World War.


The station was the base for No. 17 Operational Training Unit RAF[1] operating the Vickers Wellington bomber.[citation needed]

Current use[edit]

Today the airfield is a major racing circuit known as Silverstone Circuit. The circuit hosted the first ever Formula One World Championship race, the 1950 British Grand Prix, held on 13 May 1950. Since 1987 the track has hosted the British Grand Prix every year. The airfield's three runways, in a standard World War II era triangle, lie within the outline of the classic racetrack; after recent development of a new section of track, the main runway is transected by the circuit.[2] Sections of two runways are used for the smaller south circuit.[citation needed]

The circuit is home to the Silverstone Heliport.

See also[edit]