Breighton Aerodrome, North Yorkshire


Elevation – 20 ft amsl

A/G Radio – 129.800 – Call sign = Breighton Radio (A/G)

Runways – 1  Grass

Navigation Aids on aerodrome – N/A

Fuel – AVGAS 100LL and Jet A1

Telephone Number (For PPR) – 01757 289065

Operating hours, hangarage, parking, landing fees and landing cards – Please see website

b16Breighton is a fantastic aerodrome located within Class G airspace in North Yorkshire. Operated by The Real Aeroplane Company, the hangars are packed with some varied, interesting and unique types. Vintage and classic aircraft are especially welcome, along with non radio aircraft, but having flown there in my trusty PA28 Warrior, the welcome could not have been warmer.

Breighton is set in stunning North Yorkshire countryside with a southern join for all visiting pilots that is easily explained and fun to fly. Overhead joins cannot be accommodated at Breighton due to aerobatic flying to the north.

With hangars crammed with heritage and history, a stunning grass runway and refreshments, it is time to plan that trip to Breighton and explore all that is on offer.

A comprehensive website (one of the most informative that I have seen) is maintained by The Real Aeroplane Company and features hundreds of photographs, stories, news items, and testimonials of years gone by. A truly fascinating read.

Location and amenities

b3Breighton Aerodrome is located 5.5 nautical miles east north east of Selby, North Yorkshire and situated with Class G airspace, along with a cluster of similar sized airfields.

Construction began at Breighton in 1941 and officially opened in January 1942 as part of No. 1 Group, Bomber Command. The first occupants of the aerodrome were an Australian Bomber Squadron flying Vickers Wellington bombers. Later, they re-equipped with the mighty Avro Lancaster and  the Avro Manchester. Breighton is a huge site and when arriving and departing, you can see the scale and infrastructure that once housed Britain’s nuclear deterrent, when in 1959 RAF Breighton became a Thor Intercontinental Missile Base

The Real Aeroplane Company restore, fly and maintain a vast array of simply stunning vintage types. I could write for hours about how wonderful they all are, but my limited literary skills would not do them justice. You simply must spend some time on the website prior to your visit and then some time when you visit, to marvel at these fascinating machines.

Pilot Information

The Real Aeroplane Company website contains all the information a visiting pilot will require.

The airfield itself doeBreighton Towers not allow standard overhead joins, as the north side of the airfield is often used for aerobatics. Your approach plate will also confirm this the preferred join is from the south, with an easy to understand published procedure. Having flown in from the south for runway 28, I can attest it is easy to follow and to be honest, a refreshing change from the norm!


Refreshments and food are served at the aerodrome and a Cafe is open at the more popular and busy times.

Flying in

Although I have mentioned that overhead joins cannot be accommodated, this will not affect the competent pilot and joining the circuit from the south is a simple and published procedure.

From Loftsome Bridge Reservoir 3 nm SSW of the aerodrome (easily identifiable by its two wind turbines), follow the line of power cable pylons to join left base for Runway 10 OR fly 1 nm west of the River Derwent to join right base for Runway 28.

You join the circuit level at a circuit height of 700′ aal directly onto the downwind, base or final for runway 28 or 10.

All circuits are flown to the south of the airfield, so LH on 28 and RH on 10.

Planning is effortless with Airbox’s RunwayHD flight planning tool and the airfield overlay feature is fantastic.

Going forwardb14

Breighton is a busy little airfield, which is exceptionally pleasing to see at a time when airfields are closing. There are many visitors, both aviators and non-aviators alike.

In the near future the Club House is due to be remodelled and refurnished and although there are no definitive plans to speak of, discussions around the airfield receiving lighting have been mentioned.

In Summary

Adjacent to miles and miles of rolling fields, Breighton is situated in a beautiful corner of the UK.

Welcoming and friendly people make this airfield what it is today. A thriving club and hangars packed full of interesting aircraft make Breighton a must visit aerodrome for anyone with an interest in aviation.

To fly in to Breighton is a delight and ranks as one of my favourite flying trips. To attend their regular fly ins would be even better. To visit by car will be as exciting as it will be interesting and I know that my two boys would have been fascinated by the Aeronca “Flying Bath Tub”, The Luton Minor and the Comper Swift. It was amazing to see this amazing aircraft in impeccable condition. I just wished I had seen them fly, but what better reason for another visit?!

Active social media accounts are followed enthusiastically in respect of both airfield and club and I would ask those of you reading this, to add them to your list.


Before visiting

  1. Check the Aerodrome website, NOTAM’s, plate and mark the VRP’s on your chart for the approach from the south
  2. Arrange PPR
  3. Enjoy your scenic flight and one of the most pleasurable days outs that North Yorkshire has to offer (and make sure you get someone to show you around the hangars!)

For videos showing arrival and departure to and from Breighton Aerodrome, along with a selection of other flights, please visit the author’s YouTube channel.