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.

RAF Honiley

Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Airport typeMilitary
OwnerAir Ministry
OperatorRoyal Air Force
LocationWroxall, Warwickshire
In use1941 – 1948
Coordinates52°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

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 useEdit

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 unitsEdit

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 useEdit

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

In addition to their existing automotive consultancy business, which was based at the site from 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 won the support of the Warwick District Council planning committee for development of The Fulcrum.[19] The permission covered 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 had to be presented and agreed by the British government's Department for Communities and Local Government, and there was 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 were shelved indefinitely. Since the sale of the site to Jaguar Land Rover in 2014, Prodrive's business remains based at their 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 turbine development buildings, previously re-purposed and used as administration offices 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 dayEdit

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. It currently (as of December 2017) also houses their press car operations, as well as part of their Special Vehicle Operations division.



  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. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. 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. Archived from the original on 13 March 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  16. ^ a b Protest against Formula One plans[permanent dead link] - 24 March 2006
  17. ^ Prodrive plans £200m F1 facility - 13 March 2006 Archived 4 March 2006 at the National and University Library of Iceland
  18. ^ New Formula One plans unveiled BBC News - 1 March 2006
  19. ^ Prodrive development approved[permanent dead link] - 3 August 2006
  20. ^ "Relocation & Development". Prodrive. Archived from the original on 22 May 2012. 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.[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ "Jaguar Land Rover buys new test track in Warwickshire". ITV News. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  24. ^ "Contact". Heritage Driving. Archived from the original on 29 May 2015. 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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