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Wellesbourne Mountford, Warwickshire

Located just over three miles east of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield is handily located for would-be pilots wishing to take to the skies. Home to both helicopters and light aircraft, the airfield accommodates some of Experience Mad's helicopter taster and introduction sessions, in addition to the advanced aerobatic flying experience - something true thrill seekers will not want to miss out on.

Approximately 70 aircraft are permanently based on the 200-acre site - these operate from Wellesbourne Mountford's two active asphalt runways - the longest of which stretches for 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Facilities

You're likely to build up an appetite during your day in the air. Fortunately, visitors can pay a visit to the popular Touchdown Inn Café, which is located next to the On-Track Aviation building. Frequent visitors tend not to be able to resist the all-day breakfast, famed for its black pudding. Please note the café does not accept card payments.

Those driving to Wellesbourne Mountford can use one of three car parks located at the airfield. Should you need directions, simply enter CV35 9EU into your sat nav. If you're travelling by train, disembark at either Warwick or Stratford-upon-Avon, from where it's possible to take a taxi. Birmingham International Airport is located 18 miles to the north.

Among the more recent aircraft facilities is the large hangar in the airfield's south-west corner. Built in the mid 90s, it serves as maintenance facility for Heliair. More recently, in late 2004, came the setting up of Warwickshire Aviation Limited, which has its own hangar on the airfield's western edge.

History

The airfield is located on the site of the former RAF Wellesbourne Mountford, which was established in 1941. The base, which was particularly active during the Second World War, remained open until 1964. During the war years, approximately 9,000 servicemen successfully completed training here, when it was home to No. 22 Operational Training Unit. From here, the unit launched aerial attacks against German targets in Cologne, Essen and Bremen.

It wasn't until 1981 that Wellesbourne Mountford was licensed for commercial activity by the Civil Aviation Authority. From the 80s, a number of flying clubs began to base themselves here.

Those interested in Wellesbourne Mountford's history can find out more by paying a visit to the on-site museum, which was established in the late 80s.

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