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RAF Silverstone
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
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RAF Silverstone in 1945.
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Silverstone, Northamptonshire
Built 1942 (1942)
In use 1943-1947 (1947)
Elevation AMSL 512 ft / 156 m
Coordinates 52°04′19″N 001°00′44″W / 52.07194°N 1.01222°W / 52.07194; -1.01222Coordinates: 52°04′19″N 001°00′44″W / 52.07194°N 1.01222°W / 52.07194; -1.01222
Northamptonshire UK location map
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RAF Silverstone
Location in Northamptonshire
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Royal Air Force Station Silverstone or more simply RAF Silverstone is a former Royal Air Force (RAF) station, the site is now used as Silverstone Circuit. It is located 11.1 miles (17.9 km) west of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and 13.9 miles (22.4 km) east of Banbury, Oxfordshire, England was opened in 1943 during the Second World War.


The station was the base for No. 17 Operational Training Unit RAF[1] operating the Vickers Wellington bomber.[citation needed]

Current useEdit

Today the airfield is a major racing circuit known as Silverstone Circuit. Since 1987 the track has hosted the British Grand Prix every year. The airfield's three runways, in a standard World War II era triangle, lie within the outline of the classic racetrack; after recent development of a new section of track, the main runway is transected by the circuit.[2] Sections of two runways are used for the smaller south circuit.[citation needed]

The circuit is home to the Silverstone Heliport.

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