History

Buckminster Gliding Club was founded in 1971 and since it’s inception has flown from Saltby Airfield, a former RAF base on the Leicestershire-Lincolnshire border.

RAF Saltby was active during World War II hosting British, American and Polish squadrons. Airborne troops departed from Saltby for the Normandy invasion and Operation Market Garden.

The airfield originally had three concrete runways that intersected in the middle. The main entrance was in the village of Saltby, hence the name. Since then almost all of the original buildings have been demolished and most of the runways have been removed.

The airfield today consists of most of the main runway (07/25) and around half of runway (02/20) which runs from the start of 02 to its intersection with 07/25. In addition we have a large grass runway to the south of 07/25. Our club hangar and clubhouse now covers just part of the concrete footprint of the original war-time main hangar.

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