Goodwood Aerodrome | Goodwood Estate

Surround yourself with all things aviation at Goodwood Aerodrome, home of the Goodwood Flying School and the Aerodrome Cafe. Experience piloting a plane on a flying lesson or simply admire vintage aircraft - you might just be lucky enough to catch a Spitfire taking off!

This thriving aerodrome is open all year round, and has a rich variety of aircraft constantly coming and going. From World War II Spitfires, Hurricanes and Harvards to the ultra-modern Cessnas (the most popular light aircraft in history!) it’s the perfect place for you to watch the aerial activity, or even take a flight from.

Aerodrome History

Originally a World War II airfield, known as RAF Westhampnett, it was from Goodwood Aerodrome that pilots were trained in Hurricanes and Spitfires. The land was donated by Freddie March, the 9th Duke of Richmond, to support the war effort and was active from 1940 – 1946 as a Battle of Britain station.  After the war the airfield’s perimeter road was converted into a racing circuit which was opened in September 1948 by Freddie March. The Goodwood racing circuit is still in use today but now known as the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit.  It's at Goodwood Motor Circuit that the famed Goodwood Revival and Members’ Meeting take place.

Flying School

Today, you can experience what flying from RAF Westhampnett may have been like by taking a flight with the Goodwood Flying School. The thriving Flying School and general aviation business continues the passion and traditions initiated by the 9th Duke of Richmond.  With beautiful views of the coastline and rolling hills of West Sussex and Hampshire, there can be few experiences more memorable than a flight in the skies above Goodwood.  Experience the flight of a lifetime in an historic Harvard or Spitfire, dare to try your hand at aerobatic manoeuvres on an 'Adrenaline Flight' or want to take in the scenery from a helicopter, Goodwood Aerodrome is the place to come - you can even undertake your own Private Pilot’s License here.

Unwind in the Café

Whether you are watching friends or family indulge in their passion or simply want a light bite surrounded by the buzz of aviation, the Goodwood Aerodrome Café is open daily from 9am to 6pm. You'll find plenty of indoor and outdoor seating so you can watch the activity, as well as enjoy great views of the grass runway and historic motor circuit.

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