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Bedford (Thurleigh)

Major
Also known as: Bedford Autodrome / DERA Bedford / RAE Bedford / RAF Thurleigh / Thurleigh Airfield Business Park / USAAF Station 111
County: Bedfordshire
Current Status: Aviation / Industry / Leisure activity / Museum
Date: Opened 24 July 1941
Current Use: Active
Used By: RAF / USAAF / Civil
Landing Surface Types: Paved
Aircraft Roles: Experimental / Bomber

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011):

  • 306th Bombardment Group Museum
  • Akita Security Services Ltd
  • Bedford Aeronautical Heritage Group
  • Bedford Central Library
  • Bletsoe Parish Council
  • Bolnhurst and Keysoe Parish Council
  • Chaos Visual Productions Ltd
  • Charlie's Angels Security Services Ltd
  • Deep Consultants Ltd
  • Eden Remarketing Ltd
  • GB Accounting Solutions Ltd 
  • Hudson Kapel
  • Kazbar Systems Ltd
  • Leasecontracts Ltd
  • Orion Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Ltd
  • PalmerSport
  • Paragon Automotive Logistics Ltd
  • Photoreverie At Bedford Autodrome
  • QinetiQ - Bedford
  • Riseley Parish Council
  • St Modwen Ventures
  • Seven Son Ltd
  • Smash It PR Ltd
  • SMH Fleet Solutions Limited
  • Teleport London International Ltd
  • Tenwell Services Ltd
  • Thurleigh Parish Council
  • Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 18 OTU
  • No 160 Sqn
  • 306th BG
  • No 2813 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • Central Gunnery School
  • Radar Research Sqn

Footage of Bedford, March 1994. Courtesy of Gavin Weaver

Aircraft departing Bedford in March 1994. Courtesy of Gavin Weaver

More aircraft departing Bedford in March 1994. Courtesy of Gavin Weaver

Aerial footage of Bedford. Courtesy of Auto map

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