Types

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A more permanently defined and fully designated place (excluding helipads, heliports and winch-launched glider sites) on land or water, currently or previously regularly used by full-sized aircraft for their take-off and landing. Each place also possesses or has possessed significant facilities and/or a prominent history.

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London Heathrow Airport from the south. © Thomas Nugent and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

 

 

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A both less permanent and less recognised place (excluding helipads, heliports and winch-launched glider sites) on land or water, currently or previously used to a less regular extent by full-sized aircraft for their take-off and landing. Each place is also distinguished from a major airfield by currently or previously possessing few, if any, facilities and a much less prominent history.

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Dalby Hall Estate in Lincolnshire, including private airstrip. © Chris and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

 

 

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An area of land deliberately intended to simulate a place regularly used by full-sized aircraft for their take-off and landing, in order to lure enemy aircraft away from genuine major airfields and attack it instead. Each place is equipped with facilities for either day and/or night operation but not designed for aircraft use, though some locations have previously seen use as major airfields or alternatively have later become primarily major airfields.

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Hagnaby in Lincolnshire was used as a decoy airfield during the Second World War. It later became RAF East Kirkby© Chris and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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