North Weald

North Weald , Essex , England

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Harlow Hospital , England 7.1320EGE03
Patch Park , England 7.7183
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Lippitts Hill , England 12.0231
Gallows Corner , England 14.9163
Matchroom Sport , England 15.4146

  North Weald

1916 to present

51° 43' 18.12'' N     0° 9' 15.00'' E
North Weald, Essex, England
Elevation: 321 feet

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

Years Unit
2019-    NPASEC135, EC145, EC135,
2008-    EHAATAW169, MD902 Explorer, EC135,

  North Weald News

Air Ambulance New Centre for Excellence

Air Ambulance New Centre for Excellence

30-May-23 - The Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) in the UK is enhancing the level of care it delivers, with the announcement of the creation of a Centre for Excellence #FirstResponders
EHAAT New Base Ready at North Weald

EHAAT New Base Ready at North Weald

17-Feb-21 - Barnes Construction completed work on the new purpose-built airbase at North Weald Airfield for the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT)
COVID-19 Protection for Air Ambulance

COVID-19 Protection for Air Ambulance

09-Feb-21 - UK’ Essex & Herts Air Ambulance steps up protection against COVID-19 #COVID19
UK’ NPAS New Base at Essex

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

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