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Warton airport is one of the main airports of BAE Systems At this airport the final assembly of the Hawk and Typhoon aircraft is being performed. The airfield is also used for the relevant test and delivery flights od these aircraft. The factory is also involved in the continuing modifications to above mentioned aircraft but also for the Tornado. Warton started out as an air depot airport for the USAAF during the Second World War. Thousands of aircraft arrived here from the USA and were delivered all over Europe.
The airfield has a east-west runway, with on both ends a large stopway, unused for landings and takeoffs. North of the runway are the primary buildings. To the southeast is a test facility.
BAE Warton is located near to Warton and Freckleton villages on the Fylde peninsula in Lancashire, England. It is south of the A584 between those cities. Preston is the city closest to it. From Preston, located along the M61, take the A677 at exit 31 and then take the A584 towards Freckleton.
This is the main spot for Warton. Take some steps with you because there is a large wooden fence around the perimeter. To arrive at this spot leave the A584 at the first roundabout after entering Freckleton. Drive onto the Lytham Road, take the first left onto the Kirkham Road, then the first right onto the Preston Old Road to take the second right onto the Naze Lane E. Follow this road along the aerodrome perimeter to arrive at the spot. From here you will have a good view of the landing aircraft to the west. As the aircraft have to backtrack the runway to the beginning it will give you ample time for photographing. But this is also the spot with easterly winds. All aircraft will pass the taxi track after landing so they have to backtrack the runway to exit the runway via this taxi track.
If you drive further along the road, you will come to a spot where you will have a good view of some hangars. There is also a Tornado outside.
For a view onto the Typhoon production hangar and the preserved Lightning you will have to continue along the A584. When passing the large factory at your left and a extended camping site at your right, there will be a road to the left called Bank Lane. Take this road to drive along the perimeter. Park your car at any convenient place and have a look onto the aprons including the preserved Lightning.
It is also possible to reach the approach to runway 08. Follow the road from spot 3, Bank Lane. After the built-up area go left at the T-junction and park your car. Walk into the field. Please note that your are very close and the wooden fence is in your way because the aircraft will be very low already. So bring a step ladder and short lens!
- 311.300 / 130.800Tower
- 311.300 / 336.475Approach
- 129.525 / 130.800Approach
- XS928/ADLightning F6, 5sq colours, next to the Flight Test building.
- WT520Canberra PR7, nose/front fuselage only, visible from spot 3 at Air Cadets site.
- ZA101/G-HAWKHawk 100, stored outside near spot 2.
- ZA411Tornado GR1, dumped outside near ZA101
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