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Pocklington Airfield

Our airfield is our biggest asset!

It is an old wartime RAF base that was abandoned and the land returned to the original owner in 1946. It was opened in 1941 with a squadron of Wellington Bombers being its first users. Later in the war the Halifaxes of 102 and 405 squadrons became its tenants until the end of the war when for a short time Liberators were based here.

We have donated a small patch of land beside the hangar for the siting of a memorial to the men that flew from Pocklington during the war.


Memorial to WWII squadrons based at Pocklington

airfield north
Pocklington airfield looking directly North up 'Main' runway (18/36) with 'Haystacks' runway (13/31) crossing over.

There are two remaining runways; one running almost North-South, and one running North West- South East, as well as part of the old perimeter track which forms our entrance road past our hangar and clubhouse.

Pre 1983 we rented only the runways which was a limiting factor on our development. in 1983 we purchased the old runways and a grass strip some 150ft wide along both runways. Then, in 1992 we purchased much of the remainder of the airfield to bring our ownership to over 80 acres of land.

We are now the freeholders of Pocklington Airfield and unlike many gliding clubs we have a completely secure site from which to develop.

   

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