Compilation of U.K Airfields no longer in use- their current uses and dates of opening/closing

Compiled with the co-operation of the Flyer list.

Many thanks to Brian King for collating the source material who has sadly passed away and this is no longer updated.

266 closed Airfields Since 1950 !

Airfield name

Service

Open

Closed

Use in 1985

Further change of use

Abingdon

-

-

-

-

Ex RAF

Acklington

R.A.F

1938

1972

H.M. Prison

-

Alconbury

U.S.A.A.F

1938

1995

USAFE

-

Aldermarston

U.S.A.A.F

1942

1950

A.W.R.E.

-

Andover

R.A.F

1916

-

Army

Rotary-wing aircraft

Annan (Chapelcross)

R.A.F

1940

1955

Nuclear Power Station

-

Anthorn

R.N.

1944

1954

Radio Research Station

-

Ardamurchan

-

1975

1979

-

-

Arran

-

-

-

-

-

Ashbourne

R.A.F

1942

1954

Industry

Private strip

Aston Down

R.A.F

1938

1965

Home Office

gliding

Attlebridge

U.S.A.A.F

1941

1959

Agriculture

-

Aultbea

-

1963

1965

?

-

Auquhirie Farm

-

-

-

Private airstrip in 1975

-

Ayr Heathfield

R.N.

1941

1959

Housing & retail park

Prestwick rwy 21/03

Ayr Race Course

-

1960

1974

Light a/c on race days

RFC 1916-18

Balado Bridge

R.A.F

1942

1957

Radio Research Station

-

Ballencrieff

-

1970

1977

Farmland

Farm strip

Bardney

R.A.F

1943

1963

Disused

Agriculture

Barry Buddon

-

1966

1976

Army Training Camp

-

Bassingbourn

U.S.A.A.F

1938

1969

Army

-

Beaulieu

R.A.F

1915

1950

Forestry Commission

-

Ben More Park (Mull)

-

1940

1960

?

-

Bentwaters

R.A.F

1944

-

USAFE

EGVJ

Berneray

R.A.F

1939

1974

?

-

Bircham Newton

R.A.F

1916

1965

I.T.C.

-

Blakehill Farm

R.A.F

1944

1952

Radio Research Station

Nature Conservancy

Blyton

R.A.F

1942

1954

Agriculture

-

Bognor

R.A.F

1943

1994

Private Flying

Ex LEC

Bovingdon

U.S.A.A.F

1942

1972

Agriculture

-

Bramcote

R.A.F

1940

1969

Army

-

Brooklands

Locke-King

1907

1970

Industrial Estate

-

Broxbourne

?

1930

1953

?

-

Bulverhythe

-

-

1972

Sports fields

-

Burnaston

R.A.F

1939

1965

Derby Municipal

-

Burscough

R.A.F

1943

1957

Disused

-

Burtonwood

U.S.A.A.F

1940

-

USAFE

Motorway

Caister

R.A.F

1941

1963

Disused

-

Camisky/Fort William

-

1933

1966

-

Only used 65-66

Canterbury

-

-

1998

-

-

Caranby

R.A.F

1944

1963

Industry

-

Cardiff

R.A.F

1931

1954

Industry

-

Carmyllie (Slade Farm)

-

-

1970's

-

-

Carnwath

-

1960

1963

-

Gliding

Castle Bromwich

R.A.F

1914

1958

Housing

-

Castletown

R.A.F

1940

1970's

Go Carting Track

-

Catfoss

R.A.F

1932

1963

Disused

-

Catterick

R.A.F

1914

-

R.A.F. Regiment

Museum & gliding

Chalgrove

U.S.A.A.F

1943

-

Industry/Martin-Baker

-

Chedburgh

R.A.F

1942

1952

Disused

-

Cheddington

U.S.A.A.F

1942

-

Army

Agriculture

Chigwell

R.A.F

1938

1962

?

-

Christchurch

R.A.F

1935

1967

Industry

-

Church Broughton

R.A.F

1942

1955

Disused

Industry

Church Lawford

R.A.F

1941

1955

Disused

-

Clintoe

R.A.F

1942

1955

Disused

-

Clyffe Pypard

R.A.F

1942

1950

Agriculture

-

Colchester

-

-

-

-

Langham or Ardleigh on OS map

Coleby Grange

R.A.F

1940

1963

Agriculture

-

Coll

-

1960

1965

-

Private airstrip

Coll/Ben Feall

-

1950

1958

-

-

Coll/Totronald

-

1969

1975

-

-

Colonsay

-

1947

1951

-

Private airstrip

Connel

R.A.F

1942

-

Private flying

-

Creetown

R.A.F

1939

1951

-

Gliding until 1951

Croydon

R.A.F

1916

1959

Housing & Industry

-

Culham

R.N.

1944

1953

Atomic Energy Commission

-

Debden

U.S.A.A.F

1937

1975

Disused

-

Defford

R.A.F

1941

1957

R.R.E.

Agriculture + Telescope

Deopham Green

U.S.A.A.F

1944

1959

Disused

-

Desford

R.A.F

1935

1953

Industry

-

Detling

R.A.F

1938

1959

Industry/Agriculture

-

Docking

R.A.F

1940

1958

Disused

-

Doncaster

R.A.F

1909

1954

Private flying

Ceased in 1992

Donibristle

R.N.

1917

1959

Housing & Industry

-

Dounreay

R.N.

1943

1954

Power Station

-

Driffield

R.A.F

1936

1977

Agriculture

-

Drymen

-

1967

1968

-

Gliding

Dumfries

R.A.F

1940

1957

Industry

-

Dunholme Lodge

R.A.F

1943

1964

Agriculture

-

Dunino

R.N

1941

1957

?

-

Dunottar

-

1969

1975

-

Private airstrip

East Fortune

R.A.F

1916

1961

Museum

-

East Kirkby

R.A.F

1943

1970

Private airstrip

Not in Pooley's.

Eastchurch

R.A.F

1911

-

H.M. Prison

-

Edzell

R.A.F

1940

1952

Radio Research Station

Housing in 1999

Elsrickle

-

1963

1964

-

Gliding

Faldingworth

R.A.F

1943

1972

explosive testing

-

Finningley

R.A.F

1936

1995

R.A.F.

-

Flotta/Rotten Gutter

-

1975

1977

-

-

Folkingham

U.S.A.A.F

1944

1963

U.S.A.F.E.

-

Ford

R.A.F

1918

1958

H.M. Prison

-

Fraserburgh/Inveallochy

R.A.F

1941

1950

Care & Maintenance until 1950

Gliding in the 50's

Fulbeck

R.A.F

1940

1970

Disused

-

Gaydon

R.A.F

1942

1974

Industry & museum

-

Gosport

R.A.F

1914

1956

Housing

-

Goxhill

U.S.A.A.F

1941

1953

Disused

-

Grafton Underwood

U.S.A.A.F

1942

1959

Disused

-

Grangemouth

R.A.F

1939

1955

Industry

Oil refinery

Gransden Lodge

R.A.F

1942

1955

Agriculture

-

Graveley

R.A.F

1942

1968

Agriculture

-

Gravesend

R.A.F

1932

1956

Housing

-

Great Ashfield

U.S.A.A.F

1943

1960

Agriculture

-

Great Dunmow

R.A.F

1943

1958

Agriculture

-

Great Orton

R.A.F

1943

1952

Disused

Autogyros

Greenham Common

U.S.A.A.F

1942

-

U.S.A.F.E.

Industry

Hamble

A/C production

1913

1984

Housing

-

Hardwick

U.S.A.A.F

1942

1962

Agriculture

-

Harrington

U.S.A.A.F

1943

1963

Agriculture

-

Harrowbeer

R.A.F

1941

1950

Disused

-

Hatfield

R.A.F

1930

1990's

British Aerospace

-

Hatston

R.N.

1939

1957

Disused

Industry

Hawkinge

R.A.F

1915

1962

Housing

-

Hethel

U.S.A.A.F

-

1999

Lotus Cars

-

Hemswell

R.A.F

1937

1967

Disused

Industry

Hendon

R.A.F

1910

1957

Museum

-

High Ercall

R.A.F

1941

1962

I.T.B.(Road Transport)

-

High Halden

R.A.F

1943

-

Unspecified

-

Hixon

R.A.F

1942

1957

Agriculture

Industry

Holme

R.A.F

1941

-

British Aerospace

-

Honiley

R.A.F

1941

1958

Unspecified

-

Hooton Park

R.A.F

1917

1957

Industry

-

Horam

U.S.A.A.F

1942

1963

Unspecified

-

Hornchurch

R.A.F

1928

1962

Housing

-

Hullavington

R.A.F

1937

-

R.A.F.

-

Ipswich

R.A.F

1930

1996

Disused

-

Jurby

R.A.F

1939

1972

Disused

-

Keevil

R.A.F

1942

1965

Disused

-

Kenley

R.A.F

1938

1984

Army

Gliding

Kingscliffe

U.S.A.A.F

1941

1959

Agriculture

-

Kingston

-

-

-

Factory

-

Kingston Bagpuize

R.A.F

1942

1954

Disused

-

Kinnell

R.A.F

1942

1978

?

-

Kirkbride

R.A.F

1939

1960

Private flying

-

Kirkgunzeon

-

1970

1975

Gliding

-

Kirkistown

R.A.F

1941

1952

Recreation

-

Kirknewton

R.A.F

1941

1952

Gliding

Microlights

Kirton-in-Lindsey

R.A.F

1940

-

Army

-

Knettishall

U.S.A.A.F

1943

1957

Disused

Private airstrip

Langham

R.A.F

1940

1961

Agriculture

-

Leavesden

A/C production

-

1994

?

-

Lee-on-Solent

R.N.

1917

-

R.N.

Police only

Leiston

U.S.A.A.F

1943

1953

Agriculture

-

Lindholme

R.A.F

1940

-

H.M. Prison

-

Litchfield

R.A.F

1940

1958

Disused

Industry

Little Rissington

R.A.F

1938

-

Army

Gliding

Little Snoring

R.A.F

1943

1958

Disused

Private airstrip

Llandow

R.A.F

1937

1957

Home Office

-

Long Newnton

R.A.F

1940

1950

Agriculture

-

Longside

R.A.F

1916

1959

Re-opened

Helicopters

Ludford Magna

R.A.F

1943

1963

Agriculture

-

Lympne

R.A.F

1916

1959

Private flying

-

Manby

R.A.F

1938

1974

Disused

-

Martlesham Heath

U.S.A.A.F

1917

1970

Industry

-

Melton Mowbray

R.A.F

1943

1964

Industry

-

Mendlesham

U.S.A.A.F

1943

1954

Industry

-

Mepal

R.A.F

1943

1963

Agriculture

-

Methwold

R.A.F

1939

1958

Agriculture

-

Milltown

R.A.F

1943

1977

Radio Research Station

-

Molesworth

U.S.A.A.F

1941

-

U.S.A.F.E.

-

Montrose

R.A.F

1912

1980

Industry

-

Moreton Valence

R.A.F

1939

1962

Industry

-

Moreton-in-Marsh

R.A.F

1941

1955

Home Office

Research Station

Muir of Ord

-

1961

1966

-

-

North Pickenham

U.S.A.A.F

1944

1965

Industry

-

Nutts Corner

R.A.F

1941

1963

Disused

-

Oakington

R.A.F

1940

-

Army

-

Pershore

R.A.F

1941

1978

Radio Research Station

-

Peterborough

R.A.F

1932

1964

Housing

-

Polebrook

U.S.A.A.F

1941

1963

Agriculture

-

Portsmouth

A/C production

1932

1973

Industry

-

Radlett

A/C production

1928

1970

Industry

-

Raydon

U.S.A.A.F

1943

1958

Disused

-

Renfrew

A/C Production

1915

1966

Housing & motorway

-

Ridgewell

U.S.A.A.F

1942

1957

Agriculture

-

Salmesbury

-

-

-

British Aerospace

-

Saltby

U.S.A.A.F

1943

1955

Agriculture

-

Sawbridgeworth

R.A.F

1943

-

Unspecified

-

Scampton

R.A.F

1916

-

R.A.F.

-

Scarborough (Willy Howe)

?

-

1996

?

-

Scrabster

-

1967

1968

Private Airstrip

-

Sculthorpe

R.A.F

1943

-

U.S.A.F.E.

Mothballed

Sealand

R.A.F

1917

-

R.A.F.

-

Shawbury

R.A.F

1917

-

R.A.F.

-

Shepherds Grove

R.A.F

1944

1963

Unspecified

-

Shipdham

U.S.A.A.F

1942

1999

Private flying

-

Silloth

R.A.F

1939

1960

Private flying

Leisure Park

Silverstone

R.A.F

1943

-

Motor racing track

Light aircraft status?

Skeabost

-

1947

1963

-

 

Skeabrae

R.N.

1940

1957

-

-

Skegness

-

-

-

-

-

Skellingthorpe

R.A.F

1941

1952

Housing

-

Snetterton Heath

U.S.A.A.F

1943

-

Motor racing track

Light aircraft status?

South Marston

-

1939

1980's

Honda factory

-

SouthCarlton

-

-

-

-

-

Spilsby

R.A.F

1943

1958

Disused

-

Spittlegate

R.A.F

1916

-

Army

-

Sproatley

?

-

-

?

 

St.Athan

R.A.F

1939

-

R.A.F.

U.A.S.

St.Davids

R.A.F

1943

-

R.A.F.

?

St.Eval

R.A.F

1939

1959

Disused

-

St.Merryn

R.N.

1940

1956

Private flying

Gyro's

Stradishall

R.A.F

1938

1970

H.M. Prison

-

Stretton

R.N.

1942

1958

Motorway

-

Sutton Bridge

R.A.F

1926

1958

Agriculture

-

Swinderby

R.A.F

1940

1998

R.A.F.

-

Tangmere

R.A.F

1918

1970

Industry & museum

-

Tarrant Rushton

R.A.F

1943

1980

Disused

-

Thornaby

R.A.F

1928

1958

Housing

-

Thorney Island

R.A.F

1938

1975

Army

-

Thornhill

-

1960

1962

-

Gliding

Thorpe Abbots

U.S.A.A.F

1943

1956

Agriculture

Museum

Thurleigh

R.A.F

1941

1990's

R.A.E.

-

Toome

R.A.F

1943

1954

Disused

-

Townfoot

-

1962

1966

-

Gliding

Treligga

R.N.

1940

1955

Agriculture

-

Tuddenham

R.A.F

1943

1963

Agriculture

-

Twatt

R.N.

1941

1957

Disused

-

Upper Heyford

R.A.F

1917

-

R.A.F.

Car storage

Upwood

R.A.F

1937

-

U.S.A.F.E.

?

Usworth

R.A.F

1916

1984

Civil Airport

Nissan factory

Viewfield

-

-

1990's

-

Farm strip

Warboys

R.A.F

1941

1963

Agriculture

-

Watchfield

R.A.F

1940

1950

Unspecified

-

Waterbeach

R.A.F

1941

-

Army

Helicopters

Watton

U.S.A.A.F

1939

1978

H.M. Prison

Gliding

Wendling

U.S.A.A.F

1942

1961

Agriculture

Microlights

Wescott

-

-

-

-

-

West Malling

R.A.F

1930

1969

Disused

Industry

West Raynham

R.A.F

1939

1992

R.A.F.

On Care & maintenance

Wethersfield

R.A.F

1941

-

U.S.A.F.E.

Gliding

Whitchurch

R.A.F

1928

1957

was Bristol Airport

-

Wigsley

R.A.F

1942

1958

Agriculture

-

Willingale

?

-

-

R.A.F.

Housing

Wing

R.A.F

1941

1958

Agriculture

3rd. London airport

Winkleigh

R.A.F

1943

1958

Industry

-

Winthorpe

R.A.F

1940

1959

Recreation & gliding

-

Wisley

A/C production

1943

1973

British Aerospace

-

Wolverhampton

R.A.F

1938

1971

Housing

-

Woodbridge

R.A.F

1943

-

U.S.A.F.E.

-

Woodhall Spa

R.A.F

1942

1964

Unspecified

Agriculture

Woodley

R.A.F

1935

1953

Housing

-

Woolfox Lodge

R.A.F

1940

1964

Disused

-

Worksop

R.A.F

1943

1960

Disused

-

Worthy Down

R.N.

1918

1958

Army

Housing

Wroughton

R.A.F

1940

-

R.N.

Science Museum

Wymeswold

R.A.F

1942

1957

Disused

-

Yatesbury

R.A.F

1917

1969

Agriculture

-