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Sandown Airfield

REF NR: 356

Sandown & Shanklin Flying Services was formed in early 1935 with the objective of buying the previously existing Shanklin Flying Services (including 2 aircraft) and to begin operating in Sandown.

When WW II started, all IOW airfields (with the exception of Somerton) were closed and the landing areas obstructed. The airfield re-opened after the war as the Isle of Wight Airport and services resumed, operated by various small (and often short-lived) airlines. In addition, substantial numbers of light aircraft made use of the field - particularly during the summer months. However by the early 70s, business was declining and eventually the field closed. In 1976 the site was sold and the new owners re-opened the airfield later that year.