Retford Gamston Airport

Radio Frequency:


01777 838 521



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Gamston airport was originally built as an Royal Air Force aerodrome, to the familiar three runway configuration (of which only one remains in common usage), and came into service in December 1942. It was part of the RAF Training Command.

In June the same year Operational Training Unit No. 82 arrived with Wellington Mk. III and Mk. X bombers, Martinets (used for towing drogue targets) and Hawker Hurricanes. A year later the unit became Operational Training Unit No. 86 with a new role; night training for Wellington Bomber crew.

In May 1953 the airport was reopened as a satellite for nearby Worksop Airport and 211 Advanced Flying School (later No. 4 Flying Training School) made it their base, flying Meteors and Vampires.

The airport is today owned and operated by Gamston Aviation Limited which purchased the operation in July 1993.

The Apron Cafe is currently open Wednesday – Sunday 9am – 5.30pm. Everything is freshly prepared and cooked to order. Breakfast is served between 9am and 11am; Lunch is served between 12pm and 3.30pm.

PPR by radio is acceptable, but non radio aircraft please PPR before leaving your airfield.  AVGAS and JETA1 available. Radio 130.475 – listening squawk 6170

Photography (mostly) Neil Wilson

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