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Coordinates: 51°55′47″N 01°25′39″W / 51.92972°N 1.4275°W / 51.92972; -1.4275 Enstone Aerodrome[1] is a small unlicensed[2] civilian airfield close to Enstone in Oxfordshire, which is currently used for microlights, light aircraft and motor gliders. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) designator is EGTN, and its contact radio frequency is 129.875.[1][2]

The aerodrome, 4.5 nautical miles east of Chipping Norton, has an asphalt paved main runway: 08/26, which is 1100 metres long, consisting of a tarmac surface over concrete base. There is also a parallel grass strip "south side grass" of 800 metres which can be made available to some aircraft.[1][2][3]

HistoryEdit

The aerodrome was built during World War II as a then typical triangular three runway Royal Air Force Bomber Command airfield.[4]

The aerodrome opened 15 September 1942 as RAF Enstone.[5] It started life as a satellite airfield for RAF Moreton-in-Marsh, and was used by Vickers Wellingtons of No. 21 OTU until April 1944. A detachment of Harvards and Airspeed Oxfords of 17 FTS subsequently arrived at Enstone; these departed during December 1946, and RAF Enstone eventually closed in 1947.[4]

Current useEdit

It is currently used for general aviation (GA), and is owned and operated by Oxfordshire Sport Flying Limited. Operational during only daylight hours after 08:00 hours (local), flying activities can only take place in accordance with PPR, or 'prior permission required'.[2] In addition to aviation activities, the aerodrome is also home to a number of industrial activities, including automotive and general engineering, and accordingly, the site is also known as Enstone Airfield Industrial Estate.[5]

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