The Ultimate Flying Experience at Goodwood
Our flying base is within Goodwood Aerodrome which is located within the Goodwood Estate, a world renowned major sport and leisure venue which features the following:
Goodwood Aerodrome and Goodwood Motor Circuit
Goodwood House, the country estate of the Dukes of Richmond.
Goodwood Racecourse, home of the Glorious Goodwood flat-racing festival
The Goodwood Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club. Formerly a franchise of Marriott and now independently run by the Goodwood Company.
The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars manufacturing plant and global headquarters is located on the south end of Goodwood Estate.
Goodwood Aerodrome was built during the Second World War by the Royal Air Force as a relief landing ground for nearby RAF Tangmere.
The Airfield was created on land that formed part of the Goodwood Estate, home to the Dukes of Richmond for over 300 years, and was donated by the 9th Duke - the renowned amateur racer and aircraft engineer Freddie March - to assist the War effort.
Known as RAF Westhampnett, this satellite station was active from July 1940 to May 1946 as a Battle of Britain station, and home to 43, 129, 145, 602 and 610 Squadrons, operating Hawker Hurricanes, P-51 Mustangs, and Supermarine Spitfires.
Flying training began at Goodwood early in 1940 when young pilots were taught operational flying techniques in their Hurricanes and Spitfires.
It was also from RAF Westhampnett that the first operational sorties by the Fighter Groups of the US 8th Air Force flew in combat with the allies, one of the first sorties being the infamous Dieppe raid. The famous Douglas Bader flew his last wartime flight from Westhampnett during which he had to abandon his stricken Spitfire over Northern France. Today a full-size bronze statue stands as a tribute to Bader at Goodwood.
After the war, the airfield’s perimeter road was converted into a racing circuit, and was opened as the spiritual successor to Brooklands.
The airfield currently has several active flying schools and many historic aircraft, including Spitfires. Learn more about Ultimate High Flying Experiences and Flight Training at Goodwood.
Goodwood Motor Circuit
Goodwood Motor Circuit is a 3.8 km track completely encircling the Aerodrome. The circuit dates back to 1948, and is now used all year round for classic races (such as the Goodwood Revival), as well as private track days, and public driving experience days.
Goodwood Festival of Speed (based at Goodwood House)
The Festival of Speed is the largest motoring garden party in the world – a unique summer weekend that brings together an impossibly heady mix of cars, stars and motor sport ‘royalty’ to create the largest car culture event in the world.
Held in the immaculate grounds of Goodwood House, this annual Hill climb event held over 4 days in late June/ early July is a true celebration of motor sport and all things automotive.
Goodwood Revival (based at the Aerodrome/Motor Circuit)
The Revival is the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged entirely in the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
This three-day festival is held each September for the types of cars and motorcycles that would have competed during the circuit's original period, 1948–1966. Historic aircraft help to complete the vintage feel. Nearly everyone dresses up in vintage outfit from mods and rockers to smart period clothes.
Goodwood Breakfast Club (based at the Aerodrome/Motor Circuit)
The Sunday 'Breakfast Club' is a semi-regular, free to enter, and open-to-all monthly gathering of drivers and riders who come to view each other's cars, bikes etc. Each meeting is themed with striking examples of the days theme paraded on the start finish straight.
Goodwood racecourse is most famous for the annual summer meeting in July named ‘Glorious Goodwood’. It is one of the highlights of the racing Summer as some of the finest equine talents head to the Sussex Downs to contest an array of ultra-competitive contests over the five-day horse racing extravaganza.
Ultimate High Flying Experiences & Flight Training
Located at Goodwood Aerodrome, close to the Goodwood Motor Circuit. We look forward to welcoming you to one of the most beautiful locations in the UK for an unforgettable flying experience.
How to find us at Goodwood