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Chichester/Goodwood Airport
Goodwood Airfield
Goodwood Aerodrome
Airport type Private
Operator Goodwood Road Racing Company Ltd
Location Westhampnett
West Sussex
Elevation AMSL 110 ft / 34 m
Coordinates 50°51′34″N 000°45′33″W / 50.85944°N 0.75917°W / 50.85944; -0.75917 (Chichester/Goodwood Airport)
Website www.goodwood.co.uk/.../aviation

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Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 855 2,805 Grass
10/28 613 2,011 Grass
14R/32L 1,300 4,265 Grass
726 2,382 Grass
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]

Chichester/Goodwood Airport (IATA: QUG, ICAO: EGHR), normally referred to as Goodwood Airfield or Goodwood Aerodrome is located 1.5 NM (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) north northeast of Chichester, West Sussex, England.

Chichester (Goodwood) Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P781) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Goodwood Road Racing Company Limited).[2]

Wartime use[edit | edit source]

The airfield was built during the Second World War by the Royal Air Force as a relief landing ground for nearby RAF Tangmere. The site was the former Westhampnett Farm and part of the Goodwood Estate. It was known as RAF Westhampnett.

RAF use[edit | edit source]

During the Battle of Britain two fighter squadrons (145 Sqn and 602 Sqn) were based at Westhampnett.

USAAF use[edit | edit source]

Westhampnett was also used by the United States Army Air Forces Eighth Air Force as a fighter airfield for the 308th and 309th Fighter Squadrons of the 31st Fighter Group from RAF Atcham and RAF High Ercall with Supermarine Spitfire Vs beginning on 27 July 1942.

The 31st FG flew its first sorties with RAF, (total of 1,286 losing 5 aircraft) on 10 September 1942, and flew last mission from Great Britain in late October 1942. The group then moved to Gibraltar and fought with the Twelfth Air Force in North Africa and Italy.

Postwar use[edit | edit source]

After the war the airfield was returned to the Goodwood Estate and the perimeter track of the airfield has been used since the late 1940s for motor racing and called the Goodwood Circuit. The airfield currently has a large flying school and many historic aircraft.

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References[edit | edit source]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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