Located on the Blackdown Hills in Devon, Dunkeswell is the highest licenced aerodrome in the UK and started its journey as a World War II Naval Base. Today, it is a busy and vibrant hub for aviation enthusiasts nationwide. Just 5 miles north of the market town of Honinton and 16 miles northeast of Exeter, it is near the A30 and M5 motorway.
During World War II, this spectacular air base opened as an RAF base in 1943. Dunkeswell Airfield owes its origins to the urgent need to tackle the threat created by the German U-boats- Naval submarines, in the Battle of the Atlantic, a campaign which was the longest in World War II and the most costly. In November of 1943, the United States Army Forces turned over the anti-submarine mission to the United States Navy and its Liberators. Squadron VPB-103 - A patrol bombing squadron, was the first United States Navy unit to train with the RAF.
With the departure of the Americans, the RAF used the airfield from August 1945 to April 1946 for ferrying to the Middle East by No.16 Ferry Unit RAF, RAF Transport Command. After September 1946, the station was listed for care and maintenance status until it was sold by the Ministry of Defence at the end of 1948.
Nowadays, it's a thriving hub of aerial activity, and at FlyDays, we can offer exciting Parachuting, Microlighting and other great Flying Experiences over this most picturesque part of the South West of England, available to book with our open Gift Vouchers.
Please remember that Flying Experiences are dependent on weather conditions, so at times may need to be rescheduled.