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Polegate

Major
Also known as: RAF Polegate / RNAS Polegate
County: East Sussex
Current Status: Housing / Industry
Date: 6 July 1915 - 6 February 1920
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RNAS
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Maritime patrol

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/07/2013):

  • Polegate Library
  • Polegate Town Council
  • Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council
  • Willingdon Library
  • Willingdon Primary School
  • Willingdon Community School

Main Unit(s) Present:

  • Airship Wing
Airship sheds A & B 1916.jpg

Airship sheds A and B at Polegate, 1916. Courtesy of Rosalind Hodge.

Former RNAS hut Wannock Gardens.jpg

Former RNAS hut at Wannock Gardens, Polegate. Courtesy of Rosalind Hodge

The Black Ship at Polegate Air Station.jpg

'The Black Ship' SS40 at Polegate. Courtesy of Rosalind Hodge

Gas Plant and storage tubes 1916.jpg

Gas Plant and storage tubes at Polegate, 1916. Courtesy of Rosalind Hodge

SSZ6 fully rigged 1917.jpg

Airship SSZ6 fully rigged, 1917. Courtesy of Rosalind Hodge

Lower Willingdon airship.jpg

Airship SS76 landing at Polegate. Courtesy of Rosalind Hodge

Pilot and Wireless observer flying SSZ6.jpg

Pilot and Wireless observer flying the airship SSZ6. Courtesy of Rosalind Hodge

Birds Engineering works former RNAS motor transport workshop.jpg

Birds Engineering works, the former RNAS motor transport workshop. Courtesy of Rosalind Hodge

Former Paymaster’s Office.jpg

The former Paymaster's Office at Polegate. Courtesy of Rosalind Hodge

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