Located 10 miles north of Shrewsbury in the beautiful Shropshire countryside, is Sleap Airfield which has been operating as a general aviation airfield since 1955. The airfield can also be found north via the B5476, meaning it can be easily accessible by car.
Opening in April 1943, Sleap was used as a Royal Air Force airfield and was used by the RAF advanced flying training units. Initially, it was the base for No. 81 Operational Training Unit RAF - Units that prepared aircrew for operations on a particular aircraft type or role and NO. 93 Group RAF of RAF Bomber Command equipped with an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley bomber aircraft.
Sleap became the home of Shropshire Aero Club in 1955, a thriving training school with some four hundred members at the time flying light aircrafts, and continues to operate as a training school and a private flying club today. The original control tower and associated buildings still remain. The Aerodrome was also used by RAF Shawbury as a landing and hovering training ground for their trainee pilots, including Prince William and Harry.
Today, this family-friendly airfield is home to a restaurant housed in the control tower, a museum housing World War II aircraft parts and artefacts recovered from local crash sights, as well as offering Flying Experiences for you to get involved with.
Please remember that Flying Experiences are dependent on weather conditions, so at times may need to be rescheduled.