North Weald Airfield is located in the stunning Epping Forest in Essex. Located close to London and very near to the M11, the airfield is easily accessible by car. The airfield is a former RAF base home to the many RAF squadrons through its military use from 1916 to its closure as a military airfield in 1964. One of its former RAF residents, the Hawk Hunters, saw action over the beaches of Dunkirk and played a key role in the Battle of Britain.
North Weald is an operational general aviation aerodrome. It was an important fighter station during the battle of Britain, known as the RAF Station North Weald. It is also home to the North Weald Airfield Museum, many private aircraft, Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, and an active flight training airfield.
Reopening in 1927, North Wald Airfield became the base of 56 squadrons, one of the most distinguished units of the RAF, once again becoming a front-line fighter station. 56 squadron became the community and heritage of the district, and by 1939, it was equipped with new hawker hurricane fighters. These hurricanes covered the retreat from Dunkirk and were among the first committed to the Battle of Britain.
The aerodrome was established in the summer of 1916 during the First World War by the Royal Flying Corps. In 1940, two American Eagle Squadrons moved into North Weald supplied with Supermarine spitfires. A few years later, Norwegian squadrons were reassigned to the airfield.
More recently, the airfield has been used as a civilian airfield, hosting a variety of Flying Experiences, including Flying Lessons in light aircraft, the incredible Tiger Moth and the opportunity to fly alongside a spitfire available on FlyDays.
Please remember that Flying Experiences are dependent on weather conditions, so at times may need to be rescheduled.