Pilot reviews of Great Massingham Airfield
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Quick update on previous my postings. Visited Great Massingham on Wednesday 24 July to stay overnight at the Dabbling Duck. (Superb room, food and beer – highly recommended). Runways still excellent and the briefing by phone very thorough. The briefing was to use the Marham Frequency rather than Safety-Comm, even out of hours. An early-ish departure on Thursday needed a quick call to Marham before departure. (I could hear the fast jets practicing for a Marham ‘families-day’ display so well worth the call to Marham Ops: they were expecting us and knew where we would be routing).
£8 landing fee and £4 overnight was great value. Plenty of parking space and, as always, watch out for dog-walkers, cyclists and tractors. Still one of my favourite airfields.
If you are looking for somewhere to go to combine a flight with a nice lunch, Great Massingham is a splendid place. WW2 runways still in remarkable condition, and a reasonable £8 landing fee. Flew in today having obtained PPR and a straightforward brief from the owner. No radio and few movements even on this sunny weekend, plenty of parking and the fee is paid in an honesty box. Thank goodness for people like the owner who is happy to see it in use as an airfield rather than putting buildings, containers, farm machinery or chicken houses on the runway - a fate which has befallen many of the airfields in this part of the world. Weekdays you'd be advised to talk to Marham, but today there were only gliders to worry about, but still better to broadcast your intentions to 'Marham Traffiic' . Park up near the large hangar, walk 300 metres along a well-worn path towards the village church, cut through the churchyard and you emerge in the centre of the village. The Dabbling Duck is oposite the church - very expensive beer (not that I had any), but food prices reasonable considering the quality and the setting is perfect. Well worth a visit and you'll earn lots of brownie points from your partner. On departure, if using 22, turn left as soon as you are able to avoid the village.
|“||Flew into Great Massingham on 9 September from Little Snoring, an 8 minute flight, and out to Weybourne - a 12 minute flight! (Interestingly enough, in the 8 minute flight there, we flew past two other wartime airfields - Sculthorpe & West Raynham - how did they find the right ones at night in wartime....?)
It is a lovely airfield and one we have visited several times before. It has a runway which would put many licensed airfields to shame in both length and surface. Beware of walkers, cyclists and horse-riders who all use the airfield too and remember that the village is noise sensitive, so be thoughtful.
The greyhounds decided they would like to take us walking on Pedder's Way, an old Roman road. (Though some say it is even earlier). It's only ion the other side of the village and is a 15 minute walk away.
Our evening meal was at the Dabbling Duck which wins my vote for charm and good food. |
|“||As all the others have said, this is a step back in time. It rather reminded me of the opening sequence of the Jimmy Stewart film where he returns to his wartime base and leans over the fence and the soundtrack merges in to the sound of B-17s taking off. 12 o clock High?
Anyway it's well worth a visit but do contact Marham on a weekday as the grey pointy things were whizzing about. Tornados I think. The Dabbling Duck is charming and has a nice garden if the weather is good. Definitely worth another visit. |
|“||The lovely peaceful place to visit. We were the only people at the airfield. A short walk into the village |
|“||After phoning for PPR, we visited Great Massingham on a gloriously sunny Sunday, approaching from the North across the Wash - service from Norwich Radar. They advised we try a courtesy call to Marham, who were closed. The approach to 22 has a row of trees and a building at the threshold, so we landed at the intersection; as there is a total of 900m, this is not a problem. Overall, the field has a glorious WW2 feel. The old concrete surface is slightly pitted but perfectly serviceable. Congratulations to the owners for keeping it open. We booked in, and left our landing fees, in the smallest Charlie hut I have ever seen - looks like a bathing machine. After that a short walk along the footpath to the church yard, and lunch (table pre-booked) at the Dabbling Duck, well-known locally as a gastro-pub. Then airborne again to Fenland (20 minutes) for some self service fuel before setting a course for home. |
|“||Flew into Great Massingham on Sunday 31 August to take our greyhounds for a walk and check-out the possibility of bringing one of Westair’s 2010 fly-outs here.
First: the PPR to the owners who really should be commended for making such a lovely airfield available to us. The briefing was very good (avoid flying over habitation – I HOPE I managed to do that!) and the details of where to park, book-in and pay landing fees (£8.00) was very clear.
The airfield itself was easy to find, although without GPS, it would have been very easy to fly to West Raynham first which is less than 2 miles away: that’s Norfolk for you! The main runway, 22/04 was plenty long enough, although caution the trees just before the 22 threshold (next to the part of the runway no longer in use: this can cause some turbulence on late final. Considering that the runway looked to be the original WW2 concrete surface, it was in very good condition and better than some licensed airfields. No radio, so we used Safety-Comm and made plenty of calls and a very good look-out.
Parking was next to the hangar and there was plenty of room to park. Booking in a wooden hut which was very well laid out with local information, especially Marham (which was “notamed” closed on our visit – we worked Waddington from the north).
The walk into the village (three routes – all of 10 minutes or less) was easy and the village itself (with three duck-ponds!) is so charming that it hurts. The duck-ponds, the wonderful church and the village pub were out of a story-book. Even better for us, the pub allows dogs into most of the rooms, does B&B (dogs too), had five real ales, (and Euro-fizz lager for people with no taste) and excellent food. Just to top it all, there was a jazz band playing in the back-garden.
I like private airfields like Great Massingham – there is no one there and you feel like you have the place to yourselves. It reminds me of what a privilege it is to be able to fly around our lovely country (despite what we sometimes think). Well worth a visit, I will be back soon, hopefully to stay over and sample the beer!
|“||This is a rare example of an almost intact WW2 airfield in good repair but completely undeveloped - fantastic that the farm's owners have kept it open (PPR). Landing fee is £8 in the honesty box for charity. We landed our Tiger on about a third of R22, which is 900m even after the displaced threshold of about 200m. A pleasant 10 minute stroll across the fields took us through the churchyard, across the green and into the Dabbling Duck pub for a great lunch, sitting watching the eponymous ducks dabbling in the village pond. What could be nicer? |
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