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RAF Honiley
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Wroxall, Warwickshire
Built 1940
In use 1941 – 1948
Coordinates 52°21′22″N 001°39′54″W / 52.35611°N 1.66500°W / 52.35611; -1.66500Coordinates: 52°21′22″N 001°39′54″W / 52.35611°N 1.66500°W / 52.35611; -1.66500
RAF Honiley is located in Warwickshire
RAF Honiley
RAF Honiley
Location in Warwickshire
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 5,879 1,792 Tarmac
10/28 0 0 Tarmac
14/32 0 0 Tarmac

Royal Air Force Honiley or RAF Honiley is a former Royal Air Force station located in Wroxall, Warwickshire, 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Coventry, England.

The station closed in March 1958, and after being used as a motor vehicle test track, it has been subject to planning permission from the Prodrive Formula One team for development of their Fulcrum test and development facility however this has been cancelled.

From September 2014 the site has been used by Jaguar Land Rover for heritage driving experiences with the location being known as Fen End.


Royal Air Force use[edit]

Originally called Ramsey, it was renamed RAF Honiley in August 1941, and used by a variety of squadrons defending the Midlands during the Second World War.[1]


Other units[edit]

From April 1957, the station was placed on Care and Maintenance until closure.[14]


The airfield had 15 hangars; there were three Bellmans and 12 Blister hangars. There was also a cinema and technical workshops.[14]

Post Royal Air Force use[edit]

After being taken over by LucasVarity for vehicle testing, current residents include Prodrive, Marcos and TRW.[16]

In addition to their existing automotive consultancy business, already based at the site since 2001, in March 2006 motor racing company Prodrive announced its intent to build a £200 million, 200-acre (0.8 km2) motorsport facility called The Fulcrum.[17] Prodrive's statement in the planning application for the facility – which could house as many as 1,000 staff – boasted of "a motorsport complex which could eventually house Prodrive's new British Prodrive F1 team", further cementing Managing Director David Richards' intention to return to F1 in 2008.[18]

As of 3 August 2006, Prodrive has won the support of the Warwick District Council planning committee for development of The Fulcrum.[19] The permission covers a highly advanced engineering research and development campus, a conference facility called the Catalyst Centre and new access road, a roundabout, infrastructure, parking and landscaping. The plans still have to be presented and agreed by the British government's Department for Communities and Local Government, and there is local opposition via the Fulcrum Prodrive Action Group (FPAG) to protect the rural nature of the community and the safety of the people that live within it.[16]

However, following rule changes banning so-called 'customer' cars from competing in F1, and legal proceedings undertaken by existing F1 manufacturer teams, Prodrive's F1 plans have been shelved indefinitely. There is no information relating to the effect this may have had on continuing with any part of the site's redevelopment. Prodrive's core motorsport business remains based at their existing Banbury headquarters.[20]

It is also the site of the HON (Honiley) VOR-DME navigation aid, which is positioned to the south of the track.[21]

The old administration buildings, previously used by Lucas Automotive have been left by Prodrive in the same state they were when Lucas first vacated the site and have become a popular site for Urban Explorers.[22]

Present day[edit]

The site was purchased by Jaguar Land Rover in 2014[23] who moved their Heritage Driving Experience[24] operations to it from their Gaydon facility based at the former RAF Gaydon.



  1. ^ "A Night-time Emergency Landing". BBC - WW2 People's War. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Halley 1988, p. 79.
  3. ^ Halley 1988, p. 163.
  4. ^ Halley 1988, p. 169.
  5. ^ Halley 1988, p. 205.
  6. ^ Halley 1988, p. 209.
  7. ^ Halley 1988, p. 285.
  8. ^ Halley 1988, p. 302.
  9. ^ Halley 1988, p. 323.
  10. ^ Halley 1988, p. 325.
  11. ^ Halley 1988, p. 348.
  12. ^ Halley 1988, p. 423.
  13. ^ "605 Squadron". 605 Squadron County of Warwick Squadron. Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  14. ^ a b c d e "RAF Honiley". Control Towers. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "History of Bramcote Station". Ministry of Defence - British Army. Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  16. ^ a b Protest against Formula One plans kenilworthweeklynews.co.uk - 24 March 2006
  17. ^ Prodrive plans £200m F1 facility itv-f1.com - 13 March 2006[dead link]
  18. ^ New Formula One plans unveiled BBC News - 1 March 2006
  19. ^ Prodrive development approved kenilworthweeklynews.co.uk - 3 August 2006
  20. ^ "Relocation & Development". Prodrive. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "UK Aviation NavAids Gallery". Trevor Diamond. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  22. ^ "Report - RAF Honiley, Warwickshire". 28 Days Later. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  23. ^ "Jaguar Land Rover buys new test track in Warwickshire". ITV News. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  24. ^ "Contact". Heritage Driving. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 


  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1981-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.

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15 news items

Leamington Courier

Leamington Courier
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 02:56:15 -0700

Jaguar Land Rover is putting down more roots in the area with plans for a specialist automotive complex on the old RAF Honiley airbase at Fen End near Kenilworth. The development will be home to around 300 staff in its Vehicle Operations, a specialist ...

Coventry Telegraph

Coventry Telegraph
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:48:44 -0800

Jaguar Land Rover is to build a new facility for 300 skilled engineering staff on a former RAF airfield in Warwickshire. The car-maker has been given the go-ahead for a base for the firm's Vehicle Operations Team in Fen End. The former RAF Honiley ...

Insider Media

Insider Media
Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:12:17 -0800

Proposals lodged by car manufacturing giant Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to build a new facility on a former RAF airfield in Warwickshire are set to be approved by council planners next week, in a move that could lead to the relocation of 500 staff in the ...

Coventry Telegraph

Coventry Telegraph
Fri, 10 Jul 2015 07:16:44 -0700

The Coventry car firm plans to develop the old RAF Honiley airbase at Fen End – which will be home to around 300 staff. JLR plans to move members of its vehicle operations team which are currently based at Gaydon, Whitley and Browns Lane, to the new ...

Solihull Observer

Solihull Observer
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 03:47:58 -0700

JAGUAR Land Rover (JLR) has unveiled plans to develop a former airfield site in Fen End and relocate 300 workers. It bought the old RAF Honiley airbase near Temple Balsall in September and wants to move its vehicle operations team there who prepare ...

Coventry Telegraph

Coventry Telegraph
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 01:31:19 -0800

Drivers were stuck in long delays on the M6 this morning after a five-car crash near Coventry. The pile-up happened near to Corley Services on the northbound side shortly before 7am and the two outside lanes were blocked off. Police arrived on the ...

Coventry Telegraph

Coventry Telegraph
Fri, 16 Oct 2015 04:13:13 -0700

Coventry-based Jaguar Land Rover suffered a drop in sales in the three months up to September - partly due to a deadly explosion at the Chinese port of Tianjin. JLR had about 5,800 vehicles stored at the port and many were destroyed or damaged during ...

Land Rover Owner International Magazine

Land Rover Owner International Magazine
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 01:56:15 -0800

The location was formerly a Second World War air base, RAF Honiley, and was more recently the base for high performance rally car builders, Prodrive. The new site will house workshops, paint booths and offices and is expected to create a host of new ...

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