- Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome
name = Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome
type = Private
operator = C Walton Ltd
elevation-f = 467
elevation-m = 142
coordinates = coord|52|29|13|N|001|07|50|W|type:airport|display=inline
website = [http://www.bruntingthorpe.com/ www.bruntingthorpe.com]
metric-rwy = Yes
r1-number = 06/24
r1-length-f = 9,842
r1-length-m = 3,000
r2-number = 06R/24L
r2-length-f = 2,953
r2-length-m = 900
footnotes = Sources: Airport website [http://www.bruntingthorpe.com/ Bruntingthorpe Proving Grounds] , official site] and
Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome and Proving Ground Airport codes|N/A|N/A is a privately owned
airportin Leicestershirenear the village of Bruntingthorpe. It was opened as RAF Bruntingthorpein 1942.
The facility became privately owned in 1972, developing into grounds suitable for high-performance car testing. Various circuits are available, from convert|4.2|mi|km to convert|0.9|mi|km loop, or the former runway, just under 2 miles (3 km) long. Bruntingthorpe also includes storage, security, and a covered hangar.
Cold Waraircraft museum also exists on-site, holding over a dozen jets used in various roles during the era. The museum is open on Sundays, and the aircraft will sometimes be brought out and run down the runway for special occasions. The most notable aircraft at the aerodrome is the Avro VulcanXH558, that has been restored to airworthy condition. The first flight of the restored aircraft took place at Bruntingthorpe on 18 October 2007. [cite news
title=Vulcan rules the skies again after £6m facelift
date=2007-10-20] It is planned to fly the Vulcan at airshows in the UK for the next 15 years before being retired to the
Imperial War Museum Duxford.
As well as car testing, Bruntingthorpe offers storage of cars and aircraft, film production facilities, and military/civilian defence testing. Within the airport is a repair facility for
Ferraris and Maseratis. The site benefits from Planning Consentfor Proving and Testing of Vehicles; but the consent has limiting conditions at weekends, namely cars should not exceed 70 mph nor six in number. Enforcement Notices have been issued (EN 282 and 105) to enforce the conditions following breaches in respect of week end use and other non-permitted uses, such as Track Days and Drivers' Dream Days.
Bruntingthorpe has been used several times to showcase cars for Five's
Fifth Gearand in October 2007 racing driver Jason Platowas rushed from the circuit following a serious fire in a Caparo T1at an estimated convert|150|mph|km/h|abbr=on|lk=on during filming.
United States Air Force Use
United States Air Forceused Bruntingthorpe from 1957 until 1962 as a heavy bomberbase.
RAF Bruntingthorpe was closed when the USAF left in 1962.
Strategic Air Command in the United Kingdom
* United States Air Forces in Europe
* [http://www.tvoc.co.uk/ Vulcan to the Sky Trust]
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