Biggin Hill

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ICAO Code EGKB/BQH
Last Validated 05-2017
City London
Position 51°19'42"N 000°01'49"E
Runway(s) 03/21, 11/29
Elevation 564 ft

General

Biggin Hill Airport was an important airfield during the World War II. It was one of the main fighter stations during the Battle of Britain. Since the Royal Air Force departed in the 1970s, it became a local airport for business aviation and is located just 12 miles from the city of London. Every year, Biggin Hill Airport hosts the biggest privately-run airshow in Europe; The International Air Fair. The airports tends to open a visitor's centre where you can observe the flying activities.

Layout

The main runway of this airfield is runway 03/21 and is used by the larger type aircraft. Along this runway, just west, is a small terminal and platform located.

The General Aviation is located in the south of the airfield. This section also houses a huge Bombardie hangar.

To the northeast there are many trees blocking the views, and it does not help either that the airport is on higher grounds than the roads surrounding it...

Getting There

Biggin Hill Airport is located in the souteast of London-city, just northwest of the M25-bend. It easily can be reached while driving on the M25 and take junction 4 or 6. When you take junction 4, you will have to follow 'Bromley A21'. After about 10 miles, you need to take the A232 in the direction of Croydon. The A232 will have an intersection with the A233 just north of the airfield. When you take junction 6, you will need to follow the sign towards Oxted/Westerham/Redhill A22 (A25). After about 1 mile, take the A25 in the direction of Westerham. After 6 miles, you will enter Westerham. Here you will find the direction towards Biggin Hill Airport (Bromley A233) posted on the signs.

Around the Airport

1Runway 21

The spot can be reached by foot. You can park your car at the parking lot at Ashmore Lane, just west of the A233. From this parking lot, you have to walk back towards the A233. At the A233, go right (south) and take the first road on your left. This road immediately bends to the right. The footpath starts in the bend of the road. From the footpath, you will have a good view of the aircraft landing at runway 21. For photos, you will need approximately 200-300mm. From this spot, some take off shots from runway 03 can be made as well.

2WWII History

Just along Main Road/A233 you will find two famous aircraft from World War II on the eastern side of the road. These are the Hurricane and the Spitfire but both are replicas.

3Runways

At this spot, the road (Main Road) is very close to the intersection of the two runways. Parallel to the road you can find a small footpath were you can stand and observe the aircraft movements on both runways.

4General Aviation

Along Churchill Way there are several spots to see the general aviation. However, access is very limited. It is best to park outside the airfield in Sunningvale Avenue and walk the fence line to identify most of the aircraft. After that, you can try to see some more by driving into Churchill Way. Just before the manned barrier there is a righthand turning into an industrial estate. By driving up to the end and turning left a few more registrations can be gained through gaps between hangers.

5Biggin Hill Fly a Spitfire

Lastly, you can book a hangar tour with classic aircraft operator 'Fly a Spitfire'. They use a hangar in the Eastern area. Obviously, you will be able to see more of the Southeastern and Eastern airside ramps too, while driving to and from their hangar.

When you book the hangar tour with Flyaspitfire, you can see some gems. (Any Patsalides)

Frequencies

134.800Tower
129.400Approach
132.700Thames Radar
130.025Airport Operations
122.350Jet Aviation Operations
121.875ATIS

Based Operators

Biggin Hill Fly a SpitfireSpitfire T9, P-51D
Air Partner Private JetsGlobal 5000, Hawker 800
Lj45, PA-23
Formula One Management (FOR)Lj31/60, Falcon 2000EX/7X
Interflight (IFT)HS125-700A/B, BAe125-800XP
Mayfair Dove aviationDH104 Dove 8
Sky Charter UKAS355, AB/Bell 206B/L

Preserved

N3194/GR-ZSpitfire (replica)
L1710/AL-DHurricane (replica)

More Info

Biggin Hill AiportOfficial Homepage
Biggin Hill International Air FairOfficial Homepage

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