Discovering Sheffield’s Apperknowle Airfield

apperknowle airfield sheffield  Discovering Sheffield’s Apperknowle Airfield(Image: Neil Theasby, cc-sa-3.0)

Being born and brought-up in the UK city of Sheffield, and maintaining an active interest in aviation and local history throughout my life, I was surprised to discover a small airfield on the outskirts of the city that I’d never heard of before.

The small grass airstrip at Apperknowle once belonged to British Steel (Sheffield was once a global leader in steel production) and features several small hangars reportedly built during the 1980s.

apperknowle airfield sheffield 2  Discovering Sheffield’s Apperknowle Airfield

apperknowle airfield sheffield 3  Discovering Sheffield’s Apperknowle Airfield(Images: Google Earth)

But what’s interesting is the older blister hangar, which looks similar to pre-fab wartime constructions that housed fighter aircraft such as Spitfires and Hurricanes. Nearby are what look like old Nissen huts.

Was Apperknowle airfield ever a small miliary base, or were these buildings simply brought to the site after falling into disuse elsewhere? If you have any further information, please leave a comment below.

Buildings Shake as Eurofighter Typhoon goes Supersonic

eurofighter  Buildings Shake as Eurofighter Typhoon goes Supersonic(Image: Smudge 9000, cc-3.0)

Fears that an earthquake had hit northern England were allayed today when the Ministry of Defence confirmed that a Eurofighter Typhoon was given permission to go supersonic.  The aerial action took place yesterday in airspace west of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, although windows rattled and buildings shook as far away as Cumbria.

An MoD spokesperson told Harrogate News:

“The MoD can confirm that a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby was authorised to go supersonic over land at 15:53 yesterday.  Any inconvenience caused to local residents is regretted.”

The emergency services were not called out and no damage has been reported.  Harrogate resident Sarah Callaghan, who was driving near the American radar base at Menwith Hill when she heard the boom, said:

“It did cause a moment of concern.  The noise was, shall we say, out of the ordinary.”

eurofighter typhoon coningsby  Buildings Shake as Eurofighter Typhoon goes Supersonic(Image: Simon Fidler, cc-sa-3.0)

The British Typhoon was one of around 60 based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire (above).