What tremendous news. Church Fenton is to be used for what it was meant to be used for. It will be interesting to see how it will be utilised. You don't buy 260 acres of prime airfield without some idea of waht you are going to do with it.
Let's revel in the good news and see what the future brings.
I have heard nothing on the aviation grapevine about CF's further usage or sale so was just wondering if you and your wonderful web site were in receipt of any further information.
I am still hopeful that it will remain a airfield .
Hello there, I just thought I'd say what I thought of (the now closed) RAF Church Fenton. I have lived right near the base most of my life where the planes have flown night and day until this year which is so sad. I was privileged to have been given a tour of the base back in May 2013 which was so amazing and it just made me want to have been alive 50 years earlier so that I could have experienced at least a tiny shred of its hay day. I remember when I was like 3 years old, a concord set off from Church Fenton or at least I thought it was one but all I know it that it was insanely loud and I had ringing ears for hours that day. I also remember on numerous occasions sitting watching TV then suddenly I hear a massive whoosh or a bang and so I'd look outside and see these awesome machines like the Vulcan Bomber and the red arrows racing around in the skies. Finally I'd like to say thank you Ian for answering some of my questions and creating a fantastic website so I can bask in the old history of this amazing air base, I hope that the air field is kept as air field rather than houses and I hope the best for all those who have worked there and its memory lives long.
"With Speed to the Mark"
What a disgusting way to treat the place where thousands of ex airmen spent their lives, cant believe the organisation of a closing parade was left to a handful of hooray henry,s to organise. Deep, deep shame on them
Firstly, congratulations Ian on a wonderful website.
I have been watching with some interest as to the status of Church Fenton ever since the announcement in the Defence Estate Rationalisation that it would be closing. It seems like a wonderful airfield and although I've never visited, I do plan to along with my business partners with the view to keeping this running as a General Aviation airfield.
Like most others, I am horrified at the closure after closure of good quality airfields to make way for housing and I am looking to create a middle ground with a Residential Airpark with a very limited number of houses (no more than the current number of buildings on the site) as well as making the Airfield into a very GA friendly place.
Everytime I hear of an Airfield closing down to flying it makes me so sad and I just hope that whatever happens, the future of this Airfield will be one that keeps people flying.