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Prestwick

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One of Scotland’s favourite airfields has always remained extremely popular. One newspaper letter once stated: ‘If God had designed an airport, it would have been Prestwick.’

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Also known as: Glasgow Prestwick Airport / HMS Gannet / Monkton / Prestwick Airport / RAF Prestwick / RNAS Prestwick / The Window / USAAF Station 500
County: South Ayrshire
Current Status: Aviation / Industry
Date: Opened December 1933
Current Use: Active
Used By: RAF / FAA / Civil / Civil (foreign) / USAAF / USAF
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved, later paved

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011):

  • Air Charter Corporation
  • Aircraft Engineers Limited (AEL)
  • AML Contracts Ltd
  • Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Ayrshire Energy Ltd
  • Ayrshire Joint Planning Unit
  • Building Diagnostic & Assessment Services Ltd
  • Caffe Ritazza
  • Coll
  • Cowan Executive Travel
  • Diamond Financial Solutions
  • Ecosse Associates 
  • Elvis Presley Bar
  • Ewing & Co CPA
  • First ScotRail
  • Fotomania Ltd
  • Full Circle Logistics
  • G H Tooling Co 
  • Garrett Lee Ltd
  • Glasgow Prestwick Airport Railway
  • Greer Aviation
  • Home & Away Express
  • Howard Group Ltd
  • Institute of Contemporary Scotland (ICS)
  • Kilmurry Clinics
  • Leaders UK and Ireland Ltd
  • Monkton Community Council
  • Neptune Seafoods Ltd
  • Nuance Tax and Duty Free
  • Prestwick Heritage Group
  • Prestwick Library
  • Prestwick North Community Council
  • Reid Quantum
  • Select Service Partner Ltd
  • Sleek Media 
  • Starbucks
  • Surprising Scotland Ltd
  • The Food Village
  • Ticket Generator Ltd
  • W T Berrie
  • WHSmith
  • Yates

Notable Past Associated Organisations:

  • BAA plc
  • British Airports Authority
  • Prestwick International Airport Railway Station
  • Scottish Aviation Ltd
  • Stagecoach Group

Main unit(s) present: 

  • No 1 AONS
  • No 1 CANS
  • No 1 (Coastal) OTU
  • No 2 (Coastal) OTU
  • No 2 Supplementary School of Wireless Telegraphy
  • No 3 Radio Direction Finding School
  • No 3 Radio School
  • No 4 FP ATA
  • No 4 FPP
  • No 4A FP ATA
  • No 4A FPP
  • No 4B FP ATA
  • No 4B FPP
  • No 6 AACU
  • No 7 AACU
  • No 10 AONS
  • No 12 E&RFTS
  • No 12 EFTS
  • No 102 Sqn
  • No 114 Sqn
  • No 141 Sqn
  • No 253 Sqn
  • No 263 Sqn
  • No 600 Sqn
  • No 602 Sqn
  • No 603 Sqn
  • No 610 Sqn
  • No 615 Sqn
  • No 800 Sqn
  • No 807 Sqn
  • No 810 Sqn
  • No 814 Sqn
  • No 819 Sqn
  • No 820 Sqn
  • No 825 Sqn
  • No 845 Sqn
  • No 1425 (Communication) Flight
  • No 1527 BAT Flight
  • No 1527 RAT Flight
  • No 1680 (Transport) Flight
  • No 1680 (Western Isles) Communications Flight
  • AI/ASV School
  • Air Caledonian
  • Air France
  • Air Wales
  • BOAC
  • British Airways
  • Caledonian Airways
  • Cargolux
  • Cougar Flying Club
  • Dan-Air
  • Dubrovnik Airline
  • Flybe
  • Flyglobespan
  • Flying Tigers
  • Glasgow UAS
  • Highland Express Airways
  • KLM
  • Monkton Flying Club
  • Northwest Orient Airlines
  • Orbest Orizonia Airlines
  • Pan Am
  • Prestwick Aero Club
  • Prestwick Flight Centre
  • Prestwick Flying Group
  • Reserve Echelon (Fighter Flight)
  • Ryanair
  • SAS
  • Scottish Airlines
  • Scottish Airways Flyers
  • Scottish Aviation Limited
  • Singapore Airlines Cargo
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Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Canadair Sabres at Prestwick, February 1963. © Gordon Macadie.

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A Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer at Prestwick, c. 1950s. © Gordon Macadie.

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A Canadair North Star, a development of the Douglas DC-4, and passengers at Prestwick, c.1950s. © Gordon Macadie

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Two Scottish Aviation Pioneers at Prestwick, c. 1950s. © Gordon Macadie.

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A Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer at Prestwick, c. 1950s. © Gordon Macadie.

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A Scottish Aviation Pioneer at Prestwick, c. 1950s. © Gordon Macadie.

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Looking across the airfield, c.1950s. © Gordon Macadie.

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View of technical area and aircraft, c.1950s. © Gordon Macadie.

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Various aircraft types at Presteick, c.1950s. © Gordon Macadie.

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A Boeing 377 Stratocruiser at Prestwick, operated by the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), c.1950s. © Gordon Macadie

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Orangefield house at Prestwick. The main terminal for the building in the post war area with hotel, restaurant and control tower added to the roof. Demolished 1966. Photograph c. 1950s. © Gordon Macadie.

Various clips of work at Prestwick Airport, 1947. Courtesy of British Pathé

"The Prestwick Mystery", 1947. Courtesy of British Pathé

 

Relief Landing Ground(s):

Dundonald

Associated Airfield(s):

Ayr II

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