Opened in late 1942, RAF Hartfordbridge was active
throughout the war, providing a base for Squadrons of Spitfires and
Mosquitos involved in reconnaissance and fighter defense operations
as well as a home for the Free French Squadron (Lorraine).
RAF Hartfordbridge, with its excellent all-weather record,
welcomed many notable arrivals including King George VI and Queen
Elizabeth, Supreme Allied Commander General Eisenhower and Field
At the end of the War, newly renamed RAF Blackbushe was
transferred to RAF Transport Command and was used as a base for
many Dakotas involved in the 1948 Berlin Airlift as well as flight
training purposes, listing HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as a
In 1960 Blackbushe Airport passed into civilian
ownership, initially as a home airfield for a collection of
historic Spitfires prior to being acquired by British Car Auctions
who redeveloped the facility into a thriving centre of private,
business and executive aviation.
In addition to its long association with aviation, Blackbushe
has also hosted motor sport sprints and even a famous open-air Rock
Concert in July 1978 "The Picnic at Blackbushe" when Bob Dylan and
Eric Clapton performed in front of over 200,000 fans.