Like many other wartime airfields, its runways were of the triangular layout. After World War II, Heathfield was handed over to the Royal Navy and was designated as HMS Wagtail. One runway was redesigned and used by the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm to practice aircraft carrier landings.
- Berry, P (2005) Prestwick Airport and Scottish Aviation - Although this book covers mainly the history of Prestwick Airport, it also refers to RAF Heathfield on many occasions.
- RAF Ayr entry at Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
- Ayr (HMS Wagtail) entry in Index of Naval Air Stations
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