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Husbands Bosworth Airfield

Husbands Bosworth Airfield in Leicestershire was opened in 1943 operating as a RAF base, although the airfield's life as an RAF base was short lived as in 1946 it was decommissioned after it was no longer needed due war ending. Today the airfield is being used by the Gliding Centre and has been since 1965 and the East Midlands Air Support Unit since 1996. There is also a National Police Air Service that has a helicopter based there to serve the midlands and East Anglia. The airport also hosts gliding experiences which are available through FlyDays.
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The Gliding Centre
Leicestershire
LE176JJ

Husbands Bosworth Airfield is located in Leicestershire. It is a 14 mile drive from Rugby, a drive of under 30 minutes

Runway
09/27
Dimensions(m)
1200x160
Surface
Grass
TORA(m)
N/A
LDA(m)
Unlicensed
AMSL
505ft
Restaurant Restaurant
LandingFee Landing Fee
Fuel Fuel
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Flying Experiences at Husbands Bosworth Airfield

Nationwide Gliding Experience Experience from flydays.co.uk
Nationwide Gliding Experience
Get up in the air with the nationwide Gliding Experience, choose from one of the many gliding clubs across the country to do your experience at. All ...
£115.00

Flying Experiences in East Midlands

30 Minute Flying Lesson - Nationwide Venues Experience from flydays.co.uk
30 Minute Flying Lesson - Nationwide Venues
Choose a location from one of the available Nationwide flying clubs to have a 30 minute Flying Lesson. There is no better way to take the first steps ...
£99.00
30 Minute Helicopter Lesson - Nationwide Venues Experience from flydays.co.uk
30 Minute Helicopter Lesson - Nationwide Venues
Available nationwide, these 30-minute helicopter flying lessons are available at a whole host of locations and are completely flexible, meaning it is ...
£259.00
Dambusters Flight Experience Experience from flydays.co.uk
Dambusters Flight Experience
Perfect for aviation fans, this Dambuster flight experience in a Tiger Moth is the aerial trip of a lifetime. You'll take off from Derby Airfield at ...
£749.00
Helicopter Triple for Three Experience from flydays.co.uk
Helicopter Triple for Three
If you and your mates or siblings fancy seeing who'd make the best helicopter pilot, this fully comprehensive tactical helicopter flying lesson will ...
£369.00
Helicopter Triple for Two Experience from flydays.co.uk
Helicopter Triple for Two
You and your family member, friend or loved one will have the opportunity to have the most comprehensive helicopter flying lesson there is, covering ...
£249.00
Helicopter Triple for One Experience from flydays.co.uk
Helicopter Triple for One
Treat you and two friends or loved ones to this Helicopter Triple: Tactical Lesson! This helicopter challenge is offered at a number of locations aro ...
£129.00
UK City Helicopter Tour for Two Experience from flydays.co.uk
UK City Helicopter Tour for Two
Take a thrilling helicopter tour of the most picturesque cities in the UK and experience the breathtaking view of the world from above. The choppers ...
£225.00
UK City Helicopter Tour for One Experience from flydays.co.uk
UK City Helicopter Tour for One
Experience the breathtaking view of the world from above by taking a thrilling helicopter tour of the most picturesque cities in the UK. The helicopt ...
£125.00

Information About Husbands Bosworth Airfield

Husbands Bosworth Airfield is located in Leicestershire and is a 14-mile drive from Rugby. The airfield opened in 1943, operating as a RAF base. Although the airfield's life as an RAF base was short-lived, it was no longer needed due to the war ending.

George Wimpey & Son undertook the airfield, and construction began in August 1942. RAF Husbands Bosworth conformed to the typical layout of an RAF Aerodrome. The specifications set out by the British Air Ministry called for three converging strips in the shape of an ‘A’. Gravel was used to level the land.

Whilst the final stages of construction were being completed, the first RAF personnel arrived at the station on 1 August 1943, when personnel from No.14 Operational Training Unit arrived from RAF Cottesmore. Operational flying commenced on 10 August when daylight operations were undertaken. Night operations began operating on 17 August.

RAF Husbands Bosworth came under 92 Group RAF and was initially a satellite airfield for RAF Market Harborough, under the command of the parent station. There was a variety of aircraft on the stations. As of 1943, the list consisted of 61 Vickers Wellington - A British twin-engine, long-range medium bomber, 4 Miles Martinets - A target tug aircraft, and an Avro Anson - British twin-engine, multi-role aircraft. The Wellingtons were the primary training aircraft; the Martiens would have been used for target towing operations, and the Anson would have been the station's communications aircraft at the time.

In June 1944 No.85 Operational Training Unit was formed at the base and tasked with training crews to undertake night bombing operations. The unit was later disbanded on 14 June 1945.

Today, the airfield is being used by the Gliding Centre and has been since 1965, and the East Midlands Air Support Unit since 1996. There is also a National Police Air Service that has a helicopter based there to serve the midlands and East Anglia. The airport also hosts Gliding Experiences, which are available through FlyDays.

Please remember that Flying Experiences are dependent on weather conditions, so at times may need to be rescheduled.

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