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North Weald, Essex, England

United Kingdom


Satellite and aerial maps of North Weald with nearby locations

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7.1320EGE03 Harlow Hospital, England
7.7183 Patch Park, England
7.7179EGSG Stapleford, England
12.0231 Lippitts Hill, England
15.8159EGR45 Harold Wood, England
17.0174EGH75 Queens Hospital, England

1916 to present

51° 43' 18.12'' N - 0° 9' 15.00'' E
Elevation: 321 feet

History of this Location

North Weald was opened by the Royal Flying Corps in Aug 1916. Around 1919 it closed and no further work was done until its potential as a defence base for London was recognised. After some remediation and improvement works, it re-opened as an RAF Station in 1927.

It served as a fighter base for RAF 11 Group during WWII and after that conflict finished, it was briefly under RAF Transport Command and then with the British Army. It was placed under maintenance in 1958 and finally closed as a military base in Sep 1964.

There was a brief reprise of its wartime fame, when it featured during 1968 in the making of the film Battle of Britain.

Ownership passed to Epping District Council under whose stewardship, the site has gradually grown from a gliding base, to a local commercial centre and motorsport venue, as well as being a centre for the care and restoration of vintage and veteran airframes. During 2019, a new helicopter and fixed wing base for the NPAS is also being constructed, which is likely to mean the closure of the long established site at nearby Lippitts Hill.

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List of units at North Weald

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
2008/    EHAATAW169 2017/   
MD902 Explorer 2010/   
EC135 2003/10

North Weald News

UK’ NPAS New Base at Essex, 23-Jan-19 : UK National Police Air Service (NPAS) building new airbase at North Weald Airfield in Essex to primarily serve London and the South East. The £4 million facility, being built by Kier Group, is scheduled to be ready before end 2019

List of aircraft and events at North Weald

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1968-jun-03 Royal Air ForceWhirlwind HAR.10XR453
1986-jun-29 Lynx AH1XZ649 / E
1988-may-14 SA341C Gazelle HT.2XW857 / CU-55
1990-may-12 Fighter Meet Airshow 90206B-2 Jet RangerG-BBBM
1990-may-12 Fighter Meet Airshow 90Army Air CorpsAB47G-3BXT131
1990-may-12 Fighter Meet Airshow 90Army Air CorpsLynx AH1XZ171
1990-may-12 Fighter Meet Airshow 90Army Air CorpsSA341B Gazelle AH.1XW903
1990-may-12 Fighter Meet Airshow 90Army Air CorpsSA341B Gazelle AH.1XZ338
1990-may-12 Fighter Meet Airshow 90Fleet Air ArmSA341C Gazelle HT.2XW845
1990-may-12 Fighter Meet Airshow 90UK Air AmbulancesSA365N Dauphin 2G-HEMS
1990-may-12 Fighter Meet Airshow 90Fleet Air ArmSea King HAS.5ZE418
1990-may-12 Fighter Meet Airshow 90Army Air CorpsSkeeter 7XL814
2009-sep-13 EC145G-MPSB
2009-sep-13 UH-1H IroquoisG-HUEY / 560
2010-jun-19 WaspG-RIMM / XT435
2011-jul-02 480BG-TRYX
2011-oct-29 WaspXT435 / 430
2014-oct Scout AH.1G-CIMX
2015 Helimed 55EHAATMD902 ExplorerG-HAAT
2015-mar-18 SA341C Gazelle HT.2G-DFKI
2015-apr-12 MD902 ExplorerG-KSSH
2015-oct-11 SA341C Gazelle HT.2G-DFKI
2016-jun-15 R44 Raven IIG-MENU
2017-jul-24 UK Air AmbulancesMD902 ExplorerG-HAAT
2018-feb-12 EHAATAW169G-HHEM
2020-mar-03 CirclingFR AirtelisH135 / EC135T3F-HSRV

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