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RAF Fairlop
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Fairlop, London
Built 1940
In use 1941-1945
Elevation AMSL 89 ft / 27 m
Coordinates 51°35′16″N 000°06′10″E / 51.58778°N 0.10278°E / 51.58778; 0.10278Coordinates: 51°35′16″N 000°06′10″E / 51.58778°N 0.10278°E / 51.58778; 0.10278
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RAF Fairlop
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Royal Air Force Station Fairlop or more simply RAF Fairlop was an Royal Air Force station situated near Ilford in Essex. Fairlop is now a district in the London Borough of Redbridge, England.


RAF Fairlop was first used during the First World War. At that time it was called "Hainault Farm". It saw service as a Royal Naval Air Station Training School. A small flying club used the site between the wars and there were plans to build a commercial airport there for London, but those plans were later abandoned. The airfield was brought back into military use in late 1940 when three concrete runways in the familiar "A" pattern were constructed. The airfield became operational in September 1941 with the arrival of No. 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron RAF, flying Supermarine Spitfires, previously stationed at RAF Hornchurch. Hainault Lodge was used as accommodation for some of the officers. In June 1944 RAF Fairlop became home to No. 24 Balloon Centre with four squadrons forming part of the balloon barrage around London. The balloons were manned by members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. No 24 Balloon Centre was disbanded in February 1945 and the airfield closed in August 1946.[citation needed]

The airfield was the first RAF airfield to trial underground hangers.[citation needed]


Squadrons stationed at RAF Fairlop:[1][2][3]

Current useEdit

The site was used for gravel extraction and became a country park known as Fairlop Waters with sailing facilities and a golf course.

See alsoEdit



  1. Jefford 1988, p. 00.
  2. Halpenny 1993, p. 92.
  3. Halpenny 1993, p. 93.


  • Halpenny, B, B. Action Stations: Military Airfields of Greater London v. 8.Patrick Stephens Ltd, 1993. ISBN 1-85260-431-X.
  • Jefford, C.G, MBE,BA ,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.

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