Lat/Long 51 06 45N/01 19 10W.Grid ref SU 468353.345 feet ASL.2.5 miles N of Winchester.
RUNWAYS:Grass.N/S 770 yds.E/W 1400 yds.
Helipad in current use at 51 06 23N/01 19 03W,operated by RAPC.
Worthy Down as shown on map from 1920s.
Worthy Down Aerial view 1946 (via Mike Lomas).
Worthy Down- a recent aerial view.
Worthy Down was built on the old Winchester Racecourse,which was acquired for the purpose in August 1917.The airfield opened August 1918 for
use by the RAF,who retained control until 24/5/39.On this date control passed to the Admiralty,and the station became HMS Kestrel.During WW2 ,in addition to the FAA use,Supermarine used the airfield
from 12/40 until 3/44 for Spitfire development flying.Post war flying was reduced and on 9/1/50 the station closed after 2 years on Care and Maintenance.In June 1952 the airfield was reopened as HMS
Aerial II with the Air Electrical School in occupation.No flying units were based there although visits by communications aircraft were common.Eventually in November 1960 the Air Electrical School
left,and in December 1960 the airfield was closed.After closure the site passed to the Royal Army Pay Corps,who continue to occupy it today.A helipad is in use in a corner of the old airfield,but
there is no other aviation activity although many of the original buildings remain
Above:DH 60M Gipsy Moth K1204 of the Worthy Down Station Flight.Below: Three pictures of aircraft at Worthy Down (sent by Dave Oversmith)all probably circa 1931, showing(Left) another Gypsy Moth- serial number K1848(?)- (Right)Fokker FIII G-AARG(owned by a " George Steed" at Worthy Down , and (Lower) a Blackburn Ripon..
7 Sq, Virginia VII/Heyford II/III/arr 7/4/27,dep 3/9/36