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Also known as: Edinburgh / Gilmerton Landing Ground / RAF Gilmerton / RFC Gilmerton
County: City of Edinburgh
Current Status: Farmland / Public road
Date: December 1916 - June 1919 (relinquished)
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RFC
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Fighter

Royal Aircraft Factory BE2 and BE12 variants fighters of No 77 Squadron initially had Gilmerton available to them as a Home Defence landing ground during World War One. The unit switched to using Avro 504Ks at the beginning of 1918, these aircraft remaining in service after the end of fighting. Later in the 1930s the general Gilmerton area was suggested as a possible municipal airport for Edinburgh but nothing came of the idea.


The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 31/12/2015):

  • Gilmerton Library

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 77 Sqn



Plans of Gilmerton. Courtesy of Ed Andrews

Parent(s)/HQ Airfield(s):

Penston II / Turnhouse

Home Defence Flight Station(s):

New Haggerston / Penston II / Turnhouse / Whiteburn

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