Old Buckenham Airfield was built by Taylor Woodrow Ltd. in 1942. It was the home of the 453rd Bomber Group until May 1945. We are proud to still use their logo today.
The airfield went through a full transformation during the late 1990s, which saw the old runway re-surfaced creating a new 800m tarmac runway, new hangars and a well appointed Club House. The first student to fly solo did so in January 1998.
There has been a registered flying training organisation here since 1998 and the current management took over Old Buckenham Aero Club in 2006.
The Aero Club
Old Buckenham Aero Club provides a small, friendly and flexible flying school which prides itself in having a professional but relaxed approach to aviation. It is staffed by highly experienced instructors with both military and civil backgrounds who, over the years, have had a high success rate in helping students gain their pilot’s licences.
A popular attraction to Old Buckenham visitors by air or road is the welcoming restaurant, which is open Thursday - Sunday.
A warm and friendly atmosphere awaits you at Jimmy's Cafe. The food is good, the prices reasonable, the service cheerful and the clean & bright seating area gives a good view of the flying. In warm weather, enjoy the extensive terrace area for even better views of the flying.
The school benefits from operating from an airfield which is ideally placed for flying training in East Anglia, being well away from the kind of controlled airspace used by commercial flights. The open skies of Norfolk and Suffolk are perfect for recreational flying and any user of an airfield like this, which is totally devoted to recreation, can be confident that their training and pleasure flying can progress unhindered.
Office opening hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9am - 5pm