Swift Aircraft leases Wombleton Airfield
Swift Aircraft is pleased to announce that Wombleton Airfield has been added to its aviation portfolio.
Situated in North Yorkshire, with Europa Aircraft and Swift TG Maintenance within easy reach, we plan to revive the airfield by improving the runways, control tower and hangar facilities. Wombleton Airfield was built as a WW II training airfield in 1943 and was operational under RAF Bomber command until 1947. It was used by the Royal Canadian Air Force to train experienced twin-engine bomber pilots to fly four-engined heavy bombers. The airfield was built with three concrete runways, a control tower and two hangars, which are still in situ today, albeit mostly in disrepair.
Prior to our takeover, the airfield was used for civilian light aircraft landing, hangarage and maintenance – something we are keen to commence once the initial improvements have been made.
Since the takeover just a few weeks ago, we have already started regeneration of one of the runways and look set to make improvements to the rest of the site within the next few months. Swift TG Maintenance will be relocated at the site by August 2012 and there are plans to locate Europa Aircraft and AMEL as soon as possible, pending approved planning applications.
Swift is once again demonstrating our commitment and investment into British Aviation with this project and want to work hand in hand with Ryedale council and local residents to help preserve an important part of local history and at the same time help support the local economy.
David Stanbridge explains: “We hope that Wombleton Airfield will become the main hub for our aviation operations and be home to some exciting new developments in British aviation history. The Swift range of light aircraft will be the only UK designed and built aircraft for 20 years and it’s with this range that we hope to put the prove to the world that the UK remains at the forefront of aeronautical innovation.”
Swift Aircraft is dedicated to the revitalisation of the British Aviation Industry and this development represents another milestone to this end. The company, which is part of the Swift Technology Group, is pushing forward in the aircraft arena and look forward to announcing more details of a new British aircraft in the next few months.