Stonehenge is a landing strip.

5 04 2011

Aircraft at Stonhenge for first time in 90 years

AIRCRAFT landed at the former Stonehenge airfield on Friday for the first time in 90 years.

Stonehenge landing strip

Stonehenge landing

The event was arranged by the National Trust to commemorate the centenary of the formation of the first British military aeroplane unit.

Although overcast weather and strong winds hampered the occasion, three Auster planes, the oldest dating back to 1942, did manage to land.

A number of other planes including some replica First World War aircraft were due to take part but were unable to take off because of the conditions.

The airfield, RFC Stonehenge, was part of the Royal Flying Corps, although part of the site was also used by the Royal Naval Air Service as RNAS Stonehenge.

It became part of the Royal Air Force when it was formed in 1918 and the airfield remained open until March 1921.

The fly-in commemorated the formation of No 2 (Aeroplane) Company, Air Battalion, Royal Engineers which was formed at Larkhill on April 1, 1911.

“We are delighted to bring this aspect of the history of Stonehenge to life again, with the fly-in by this wonderful collection of aircraft,” said Stonehenge project officer Lucy Evershed.

National Trust volunteer guide Ted Mustart added: “Although No 2 Company was based at Larkhill, much of their flying in 1911 and 1912 was over the Stonehenge landscape.

“The Austers which have visited were used in the same roles as those of the first military aeroplanes – scouting, artillery co-operation and liaison in the period immediately after World War II.”

The National Trust has also organised a series of walks revealing the aviation history of the Stonehenge landscape.

The Wings over Stonehenge walks have taken visitors to the former airfield and more walks are planned for the summer, including one commemorating the first fatal military aircraft accident.

More information is available at

Merlin @ Stonehenge
The Stonehenge Stone Circle Website

£5.5million announced for Stonehenge project

5 04 2011

AN extra £5.5million to help transform the Stonehenge landscape was announced this morning.  Should be enough to install a new coffee machine.

On a visit to the monument, Roads Minister Mike Penning said the government has agreed to give £3.5million to close the A344 junction with the A303 and improve the Long Barrow roundabout to cope with extra traffic.

The work will include resurfacing a mile-long stretch of the A303 with a ‘low noise’ road surface so visitors to the stones should not be able to hear the passing traffic.

Tourism and Heritage Minister John Penrose said English Heritage will be allowed to take £2million from its reserves to put towards the £27.5million it needs to move the visitor centre to Airman’s Corner and install a road train system to take visitors to the stones.

Chief executive Simon Thurley said the organisation is now just £3million short of its target and hopes to raise this from private sources such as trusts and charitable funds.

A public inquiry will be needed to authorise the permanent road closure.

But Dr Thurley said: “I am confident that we will be able to start work next year.”

If all goes well, English Heritage says the entire project could be completed by spring 2014.


Is it enough ?

Merlin @ Stonehenge
The Stonehenge Stone Circle Website

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