The main runway has the rarity of the Vertical Take Off and Landing pads, (VTOL) used for the tethering of jump jets such as the Harrier, Kestrel and the P.1127 . These are also located on aprons that but up against the main runway and are within the Operational Readiness Platform [ ORP]. Beneath these gratings is a large void chamber to take the hot air, condensation and gases from the downdraft of the jet engines of the aircraft. Also within the eastern Engine Testing Pen there is a similar arrangement that is a unique feature to Dunsfold.
Early film of P.1127 tethered on the VTOL pans
Please note: The aerodrome is private land and an active airfield. Access is not permitted to some of the buildings and features and we strongly discourage access without permission.