History

Henstridge Airfield was a wartime Fleet Air Arm training airfield.  Work started on the airfield in 1941, but it was not until April 1943 that it was Commissioned as HMS Dipper. Seafires, Spitfires and Masters operated here until the end of the war.HawkerTyphoon2-RNASHenstridge-April1944

Hawker Typhoon

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Fairey Barracuda

The airfield became relief landing ground for RNAS Yeovilton, slowly running down until finally passing out of MOD ownership in 1957.

In 1953, Alan Bristow established Air Whaling Limited at the airfield, flying Dragonfly, Hiller and Westland S55 helicopters.  In 1955 he set up Bristow helicopters Ltd, also at Henstridge operating four Widgeons in the Gulf on oil exploration.  Bristows departed for Redhill in 1958.

The MoD then sold the old airfield in lots  but there has hardly been a time since commissioning in 1943 when flying in one form or another has not taken place at the airfield.

Of the original five runways, only one -07/25 – survives.  A tarmac runway in good condition 750m long by 26m wide.

The Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and the Yakovlevs formation display team are based at the airfield.

The Wessex Strut of the LAA, have been holding fly-ins here since the seventies, and the airfield has become their adopted headquarters.