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The first control tower at Dunsfold with rooftop VCR and side extension 2002 (© DP)
RAF Dunsfold airfield
Airfield Today:
Dunsfold Park - a new Surrey village
Tower Type:
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Tower:
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Other Buildings:
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History:
/12/1942 to , No. 400 and 414 Squarons RCAF with Mustang Mk 1 fighters.
/08/1943 to , No. 90 and 180 Squadrons, 139 Wing, with Mitchell bombers. No. 320 Squadron Royal Netherlands Naval Air Service. page under construction...
/01/1945 to /04/1945, No. 83 Group Support Unit RAF (GSU) with Spitfire, Typhoon, Tempest and Auster aircraft.
/04/1945 to /10/1945, Dunsfold designated an Arrival Centre and received 47,529 released prisoners of war from Europe and the Middle East.
/04/1945 to 10/1945, No. 83 Group Disbandment Centre receiving units from Europe with Spitfires and Typhoons.
/08/1946, RAF airfield closure.
/08/1946 to /1951, Airfield used by Skyways Airlines with Dakota, Dove, Lancastrian, Rapide and York aircraft. Skyways also used Dunsfold to refurbish, test fly and deliver Hurricanes and Spitfires to the Portuguese Air Force. 1948, Skyways aircraft used extensively during the Berlin Airlift.
/07/1951 to , Hawker moved flight testing and some manufacturing from their other airfields at Kingston and Langley, aircraft here included Sea Fury, Sea Hawk, Hunter, Gnat, Harrier and Hawk.
The Hawker P1127, the world's first aircraft able to take off vertically made its maiden flight at Dunsfold 20/11/1960.
Dunsfold airfield is a familiar sight to millions of viewers as the test track for the Top Gear TV programme.
Airfield and test track are soon due to disappear under 1,800 new homes.
RAF Dunsfold airfield
The modernised control tower with new VCR 1950s (© via Steve Ward)
Article in THE SUN newspaper 02/04/2018 (© The Sun)
2005 (© Julian Temple)
RAF Dunsfold airfield
Airfield:
Fighter, Hawker aircraft manufacturer
Opened:
16/10/1942
Closed:
/08/1946
Code:
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USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3x - concrete and wood chips
Hangars:
2x - T2, 11x - Blister
County:
Surrey
Location:
8-1/2 miles SE of Guildford
OS Ref:
TQ025363
Links:
Dunsfold Park
©:
All photographs copyright © as stated
RAF Dunsfold airfield
The Hawker P1127 made its first flight at Dunsfold 19/11/1960 (© via Steve Ward)
RAF Dunsfold airfield
The second control tower at Dunsfold 2005 (© Julian Temple)
RAF Dunsfold airfield
RAF Dunsfold airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2018 - Dunsfold -