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Chalgrove

Major
Also known as: Monument Industrial Estate / RAF Chalgrove / USAAF Station 465
County: Oxfordshire
Current Status: Aviation / Industry
Date: Opened 20 November 1943
Current Use: Active
Used By: RAF / Civil / USAAF
Landing Surface Types: Paved
Aircraft Roles: Aircraft flight testing (main role) / Bomber / Experimental (main role) / Fighter / Reconnaissance (main role) / Trainer

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

  • AD Instruments Ltd
  • Chalgrove Local History Group
  • Chalgrove Parish Council
  • Curvature Group Ltd
  • Elwoods Hair Ltd
  • Excel Packaging Machinery Ltd
  • fma systems ltd
  • Gregory Hitchcock
  • Hardhat Limited
  • Image Science Ltd
  • Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Ltd - Aviation Dept (Chalgrove)
  • Orchid Field Marketing Ltd
  • Pia Jewellery Ltd
  • Picnic Hamper
  • Pikehaven Limited
  • Space Models
  • Supreme Sausages Ltd
  • Tego Roofing Limited
  • Touch of Taste Ltd
  • UDMS

Notable Past Associated Organisations:

  • 82nd Airborne Division
  • 101st Airborne Division

Main unit(s) present:

  • 7th Reconnaissance Group
  • No 8 OTU
  • 10th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance)
  • 13th Photographic Reconnaissance Sqn
  • 14th Photographic Reconnaissance Sqn
  • 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Sqn
  • No 21 ACHU
  • 27th Photographic Reconnaissance Sqn
  • 30th Photographic Reconnaissance Sqn
  • 31st Photographic Reconnaissance Sqn
  • 33rd Photographic Reconnaissance Sqn
  • 34th Photographic Reconnaissance Sqn
  • 155th Photographic Reconnaissance Sqn
  • 423rd Night Fighter Sqn
  • 653rd BS
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A runway at Chalgrove, 19 March 2006.

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A hangar at Chalgrove, 20 April 2010.

An instructional film charting the development of the first successful pilot ejector seat by Martin Baker Aircraft Company Ltd just after the Second World War. © IWM

The first human test of an ejector seat on take-off, 1955. Courtesy of British Pathé

BBC News interview with Squadron Leader Dennis Barry, a former Gloster Meteor pilot. Courtesy of yellowjack01

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