Goodwood has a thriving Aerodrome. Open all year round, Goodwood Aerodrome 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, or even take a flight from.
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 on Goodwood Motorcircuit that the famed Goodwood Revival and Members’ Meeting take place.
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.
Whether you are looking for a flight of a lifetime in a Havard or Spitfire, are seeking thrills in an adrenaline flight, want to take in the scenery from a helicopter, are looking to experience a trial flight or are hoping to undertake your own Private Pilot’s License, Goodwood Flying School has it all.
Unwind in the Café
Whether you are watching friends or family indulge in their passion or simply want a light bite surrounded in all thing’s aviation, the Goodwood Aerodrome Café is open daily from 9am to 6pm.
Home to plenty of indoor and outdoor seating with beautiful views of the grass runway and historic motor circuit, it’s the ideal lunch spot.