- ICAO Code: EGTD
- Location: Surrey, England, United Kingdom
- Type: Operational
- Parent: RAF
- Current Version: 1.0
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More people have seen RAF Dunsfold than know they have. OK, so the use isn’t exactly linked to the RAF or even aviation, but if you’ve seen the BBC’s “Top Gear” programme, since they moved out of Birmingham, then you may or may not know that it is now filmed almost entirely on location at the airfield.
Before becoming disused and a glorified go-kart track, Dunsfold had a particularly auspicious place in the aviation history of the United Kingdom. Built on land originally acquired for an Army Co-Operation airfield, Dunsfold’s original occupants were two RCAF Mustang units, although these were soon replaced by B-25 Mitchell Squadrons for the remainder of the war.
Post-1945 and use as a reception station for returning PoWs, the airfield went into Care & Maintenance until being leased to a civil Start-up airline called Skyways. When Skyways went out of business in the early 1950s, the airfield was bought by the Hawker aircraft company. It went on to be the test site for such famous aircraft as the Hunter, Sea Hawk, Folland Gnat and, most famously, the Harrier VTOL/STOVL strike fighter.
The aviation story of Dunsfold ended when the aircraft constructors – now British Aerospace – sold the airfield on and it is now partially used for storage, partially industrial and partially a race track for a bunch of overgrown kids with borrowed expensive toys. The odd person crashes a Reasonably Priced Car there, too.
Note: The aircraft included in the screenshots is the P-51B from Warbirdsim.