RAF Station De Winton

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RCAF Station De Winton
Near De Winton, Alberta in Canada
RCAF Station De Winton is located in Alberta
RCAF Station De Winton
RCAF Station De Winton
Coordinates50°49′16″N 113°49′25″W / 50.8212°N 113.82368°W / 50.8212; -113.82368Coordinates: 50°49′16″N 113°49′25″W / 50.8212°N 113.82368°W / 50.8212; -113.82368
Site information
OperatorFormerly Royal Canadian Air Force
Airfield information
IdentifiersIATA: none, ICAO: none
Elevation3325' AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
16/34 3,100 feet (945 m) Hard Surfaced
4/22 3,000 feet (914 m) Hard Surfaced
10/28 3,200 feet (975 m) Hard Surfaced
Airfields

RAF Station De Winton was a World War II air training station located south of Calgary, and east of De Winton, Alberta, Canada. The Royal Air Force (RAF) established No. 31 Elementary Flying Training School (31 EFTS) at the station. Like other RAF stations in Canada, it was subject to RCAF administrative and operational control.[1]

The aerodrome was completed in 1940 and No. 31 EFTS began operating in June 1941. In 1942, the school formally became part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.[2] It was a civilian operation with instructors from the Toronto Flying Club who originally instructed at No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School at Malton, Ontario. Aircraft flown at De Winton include Stearmans, Tiger Moths, and Cornells,

De Winton was closed in September 1944 and is now the privately operated De Winton/South Calgary Airport. Although the runways and some concrete structures from the airbase remain, the airfield is no longer active for fixed wing use. Some helicopter training, such as auto-rotation and hover practice, is still performed at the airfield, but all flights originate from other airports. Two of the runways are in disrepair and overgrown with grass, while the third runway and tarmac only partially maintained for use as an automotive driver training area.

Aerodrome Information[edit]

The airfield was constructed in a typical BCATP wartime pattern, with three runways formed in a triangle. In approximately 1942 the aerodrome was listed at 50°49′N 113°50′W / 50.817°N 113.833°W / 50.817; -113.833 with a Var. 24 degrees E and elevation of 3,325 feet (1,013 m). Three runways were listed as follows: [3]

Runway Name Length Width Surface
16/34 3,100 feet (945 m) 150 feet (46 m) Hard surfaced
4/22 3,000 feet (914 m) 150 feet (46 m) Hard surfaced
10/28 3,200 feet (975 m) 150 feet (46 m) Hard surfaced

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hatch 1983, p. 68.
  2. ^ Hatch 1983, p. 69.
  3. ^ Staff writer (c. 1942). Pilots Handbook of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases Vol. 2. Royal Canadian Air Force. p. 89.