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RAF Eshott (1942-1944)
|Owner/Operator||Eshott Airfield Ltd.|
|Elevation AMSL||197 ft / 60 m|
Eshott Airfield is a former Royal Air Force (RAF) World War II airfield in Northumberland, England, 20 miles (32 km) north of Newcastle, and midway between Morpeth and Alnwick. It is also known as Bockenfield Aerodrome.
Eshott Airfield is home to two flying schools, Purple Aviation and Northumbria Microlights.
Purple Aviation operates two Evektor Eurostar EV-97 aircraft powered by a Rotax 912 engine along with one flexi-wing, the Pegasus Quik GT450. Talks have commenced[when?] upon the purchase of another aircraft.
Northumbria Microlights operates a Medway SLA-80, the only SLA-80 aircraft used in flight training in the British Isles.
Second World War
From 10 November 1942 during the Second World War it was home to No. 57 Operational Training Unit RAF. Training on Supermarine Spitfires was carried out there until the unit was transferred north to RAF Boulmer in August 1944.
Eshott is now used by recreational microlights and small light aircraft. It has both tarmac and grass runways.
The airfield is now the home of over 40 aircraft and has a clubhouse building, parking, and three hangar blocks.
- ""No. 57 Operational Training Unit RAF", RAF Fighter Command 1939 - 1945". Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2013.