Latitude 53°49'35"N Longitude 02°49'40"W

   
ACQUISITION Purpose built for the Admiralty on 600 acres of land acquired in June 1942.

 

COMMISSIONED 15.5.1943

 

CLOSED Closed to flying from February 1946.

 

PAID OFF 2.7.1946 to C & M under 'BLACKCAP'

Became R.N. Radio station 1.9.1958 and commissioned as 'INSKIP' 21.3.1966

   
C.O./O.I.C.  
   
FUNCTION Night and Day A/S N.O.T.U

No. 2 Avenger Serving UNit.

Torpedo workshop facilities.

 

ADDRESS RN. Air Station,

Inskip,
Preston,

Lancashire.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies inland 7½ miles E. of Blackpool and ½ mile S.W. of the village of Inskip.
Preston lies 6 miles S.E. by E. Southport lies 13 miles S,StW.

 

LANDMARKS The entrance of the River Ribble with Blackpool and Southport at its N. and S. entrance points, respectively.
The River Wyre, passing 2 miles N., and the Lancaster canal, 1 miles S.E. effect a junction 3 miles N.E. of the airfield.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Secondary road communication with Blackpool and Preston. Access by road to Barton and Broughton station, on L.M.S. line to Preston, 3½ miles E.; and to Kirkham and Wesham station, on t.m.s. line to Blackpool, 3 miles S.W. Bus service between Preston Markets Place and Great
Eccleston passes Inskip Camp.
   
   
CONTROL Control building inside the perimeter track, on the E. _ side of the landing area.

Ground signals area adjacent W. of the Control building.

 

ELEVATION  46' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Four, tarmac


00/18 QDM. 005° -185° .... 1,000 x 30 yds. 

05/23 QDM. 048° -228° .... 1,000 x 30 yds.

09/27 QDM. 094° -274° .... 1,200 x 30 yds.

1432 QDM. 142° -322° .... 1,030 x 30 yds. 

 

TRACKS 40-ft. perimeter track.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation Blackpool Tower, 550 ft., distant 7 miles 265° from the airfield.
Circuit  
Approach None.

 

APPROACH No special approach recommended.

 

WIND INDICATOR Windsocks on the S.E. side and towards the centre of the airfield.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F M/F. and H/F.

VH/F. to be installed.

 
Beacons 251 MS and mobile 257 S. Type YJ beacon being installed. YG beacon to be installed

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night Airfield Lighting (Naval) installed.

 

APPROACH - RADIO  

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F. and H/F.

VH/F. to be installed.

 

CALL SIGNS R/T  
W/T  
Identity letters  
   
GROUND RADAR Intermediate G.C.I. to be installed.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Officers and ratings quarters distant 1 and 1½ miles respectively from the airfield.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 171
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 954
W.R.N.S. Officers: 16
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 425

 

ARMOURIES To accommodate 4 squadrons.

 

COMPASS BASE One, concrete. Diameter 70 ft.

 

DISPERSAL One large and two single A/c standings off perimeter track on E. side. of landing area. Visitors parking area close S.E. of control building.

 

HANGARS Dispersed around the perimeter track.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
16 (Squadron) 60' x 70' 17' 55'
16 (Storage) 60' x 70' 17' 55'
 
MEDICAL Sick, Bay on the E. side of airfield. Sick Quarters, in two camps, at Thistleton Lodge, 4½ miles W. (by road).

 

METEOROLOGICAL Office in the Control building. Full meteorological service by Naval personnel available.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: 51,000 gallons stored in 6 tanks..
M/T: 4,000 gallons.
Oil : 8,000 gallons.
   
TEST BASE A/C Radar test base available.

 

TEST BUTT Test butt and 25-yd. range available.

 

WORKSHOPS  

 

VISITORS One A.R.S. hangar (185' x 110' x' 25' x 110') and one Reserve Servicing hangar (185' x 100' x 25' x 100'),
Workshops to 4-6 squadron scale.

 

EXPLOSIVES Explosives area on the N. side of airfield. Practice stocks to provision 4 T.B.R. and 2 F,F. squadrons:

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES  

Air to air

One.
Practice bombing Two: One submarine silhouette in brick and one submarine silhouette on 32-ft. moored target.
Bombing One. 16-ft. moored target
Torpedo One.
R. p. Range One.
   
   
Information taken from CB 4368 B. Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Aug. 45


 

List of first and second line squadrons, station flight and other flying units based at this location

 
735

 

 
737

 

 
747

 

 
760

 

 
762

 

 
763

 

 
766

 

 
787

 

 
810  
811  
813  
816  
819  
825  
828  
838  
1791
1792  

 

 

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