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Aston Down (Minchinhampton)

Major
Also known as: AFC Minchinhampton / Aston Down Aerodrome / Aston Down Business Park / Minchinhampton Aerodrome / RAF Aston Down / RAF Minchinhampton
County: Gloucestershire
Current Status: Aviation / Farmland / Industry
Date: February 1918 - February 1976; subsequent limited flying to present
Current Use: Limited flying
Used By: RAF / Civil
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):

  • Adtech Polymer Engineering Ltd
  • Alyss Toys Limited
  • Autonumis Ltd
  • Avon Scientific
  • Bramblecrest
  • Cherington Parish Council
  • Defra
  • Education Essentials
  • Edwards Trade Storage
  • Grass Strip Aviation Ltd
  • La Hacienda Ltd
  • Leda Properties Ltd
  • Loudspeaker Technology Ltd (ATC)
  • MASCo Salvage
  • Metalwash Ltd
  • Minchinhampton Library
  • Minchinhampton Local History Group
  • Minchinhampton Parish Council
  • Sapperton & Frampton Mansell Parish Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 2 FP
  • No 2 (Home) FU
  • No 3 TEU
  • No 4 Sqn
  • No 5 MU
  • No 5 OTU
  • No 5 Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit
  • No 5 (Training) Sqn AFC
  • No 6 (Training) Sqn AFC
  • No 7 Aircraft Storage Unit
  • No 8 (Training) Sqn AFC
  • No 9 FP ATA
  • No 9 FPP
  • No 12 Gp Pool
  • No 20 MU
  • No 27 Gp Comms Flight
  • No 52 OTU
  • No 52 OTU (Fighter Leaders School)
  • No 52 OTU (Fighter Command School of Tactics)
  • No 55 OTU
  • No 81 Gp Comms Flight
  • No 83 GS
  • No 84 Gp Support Unit
  • No 98 Sqn
  • No 180 Sqn
  • No 187 Sqn
  • No 1311 Transport Flight
  • No 1689 (Ferry Pilot Training) Flight
  • No 2717 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2719 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2724 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2742 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2757 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2759 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2777 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2804 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 3206 Servicing Commando
  • No 3207 Servicing Commando
  • British Hospitals Air Pageant
  • Central Flying School
  • Cotswold GC
  • University of West England GC
001Aerial 1982:3.jpg

Aerial view of Aston Down airfield, c. 1982/3. © Dave Welch.

002Control Tower - 17 July 2014.png

The control tower at Aston Down, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

003Ident Letters - 17 July 2014.png

Ident Letters at Aston Down, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

004Signals Square - 17 July 2014.png

Signals Square at Aston Down, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

005Airfield Warning Signs - 17 July 2014.png

Airfield warning signs at Aston Down, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

006Runway 04:22. Looking south from the runway 22 threshold - 17 July 2014.png

Runway 04:22, looking south from the runway 22 threshold, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

007Runway 16:34. Looking south east from the runway 16 threshold - 17 July 2014.png

Runway 16:34, looking south east from the runway 16 threshold, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

008Taxiway at the north west of the airfield. Looking south from the runway 16 threshold - 17 July 2014.png

Taxiway at the north west of the airfield, looking south from the runway 16 threshold, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

009Hangar : Aircraft Storage Shed (Building 51) - 17 July 2014.png

Aircraft Storage Shed at Aston Down, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

010Hangar : Aircraft Storage Shed (Building 52) - 17 July 2014.png

Aircraft Storage Shed at Aston Down, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

011Hangar : D Type Aircraft Shed - 17 July 2014.png

D-Type Aircraft Shed at Aston Down, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

012Balloon Filling Hut - 17 July 2014.png

Balloon Filling Hut at Aston Down, 17 July 2014. © Richard Flagg

'Ferry Pilot', 1952. Courtesy of British Pathé

Footage includes shots of Leighterton and Minchinhampton. Courtesy of eyeplays

Parent(s)/HQ Airfields(s):

Little Rissington

Satellite(s):

Charmy DownChedworth

Decoy Airfield(s):

Horsley

Satellite Landing Ground(s):

Berrow / Overley

Associated Airfield(s):

Leighterton

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