RAF Breighton

Royal Air Force Breighton or more simply RAF Breighton is a former Royal Air Force station located near to the village of Breighton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England which is now Breighton Airfield.

RAF Breighton

Breighton Airfield

Breighton Airfield and Aeroplane Museum
OwnerAir Ministry 1940-1964
Private 1964 – present
OperatorRoyal Air Force 1940-1964
Private 1964 – present
LocationBreighton, East Riding of Yorkshire
Built1940 (1940)
In use1942-1964 (1964)
Elevation AMSL20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates53°48′07″N 000°54′49″W
Location in East Riding of Yorkshire
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 0 0 Grass
00/00 0 0 Asphalt
00/00 0 0 Asphalt
00/00 0 0 Asphalt


The airfield was built between 1940 and 1942 for No. 1 Group RAF,[1] its first residents were the No. 460 Squadron RAAF.[2]

From 1959 to 1963, as part of Project Emily, the base was a launch site for three nuclear-armed PGM-17 Thor intermediate-range ballistic missiles, operated by No. 240 Squadron RAF.[3]

The base closed in March 1964, when the last active unit (which operated the Bristol Bloodhound air-defence missile) withdrew.[4]


No. 78 Squadron RAFHandley Page Halifax II/III/VI
Douglas Dakota
16 June 194320 September 1945RAF Almaza[5]
No. 112 Squadron RAFBristol Bloodhound I7 November 196031 March 1964Disbanded[6]
No. 240 Squadron RAFPGM-17 Thor1 August 19598 January 1963Disbanded[3]
No. 460 Squadron RAAFVickers Wellington IV
Handley Page Halifax II
Avro Lancaster I/III
4 January 194214 May 1943RAF Binbrook[2]


Current use

The original runways are covered in buildings but the outline of the runways, taxiways and dispersal stands are clearly visible using satellite imagery.[4]

A part of the airfield is currently used by the Real Aeroplane Company to house and maintain private and historic aircraft and a home for the Breighton Flying Club which uses a separate grass runway located within the original airfield grounds.[1]

Five people were injured in a helicopter crash at the airfield on 17 July 2016.[8]



  1. "Airfield history". The Real Aeroplane Company. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  2. Jefford 1988, p. 93.
  3. Jefford 1988, p. 76
  4. Delve 2006, p. 50.
  5. Jefford 1988, p. 48.
  6. Jefford 1988, p. 56.
  7. "Breighton - Units". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  8. "Five casualties after helicopter crash". BBC News. Retrieved 17 July 2016.


  • Delve, Ken. The Military Airfields of Britain; Northern England. Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK: Crowood Press, 1988. ISBN 1-86126-809-2.
  • Jefford, C.G. RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
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