Back to Agriculture (1960-Present)

The land returned to the ownership of Osberton Estate after de-requisition and all of the RAF buildings were quickly demolished.  The airfield became fields for pigs and sheep as well as several areas of woodland planted around the airbase. Runway 28/10 remained intact.

During the 1970's the Dukeries rally did three laps of the airfield as one of its stages. In 1973 driver Phil Brooks and co-pilot David Yorke crashed their Mini at the airfield on the third lap after hitting a gravel bank and going through a hedge.

The remaining runway was used to test Ferodo lorry brakes and as a display line up marker for pilots from Netherthorpe Airfield practising stunts.  On 7th August 1989 G-BFHM (photo) a Steen Skybolt biplane crashed just north of the runway killing pilot Richard Fisher and seriously injuring the second pilot. After impact the aircraft caught fire and was so badly destroyed the investigation was unable to determine the reason for the crash.  The report mentions the survivors account of the aircraft doing a stall turn when the aircraft and suffering a jammed rudder. There is a tribute to Richard here

It later became a bit of a racetrack for boy racers but the final straw seems to be when travellers moved onto the airfield in April 2004.  by 2006 most of the airfield was pulled up and returned to agricultural ground.  All was not lost though – the 500 tonnes of rubble produced in lifting the runway was reused as levelling material for the Southfield site at Newark Air Museum. 

The RAF still has associations with Worksop via the 303 (Worksop) Squadron ATC air cadets.

There a few remnants of the base left; some concrete aircraft tiedowns (for tying aircraft wings down in strong winds) and part of a taxiway to the north-east of the airfield as well as a small section of runway 28/10 near the road.

Nowadays the land is used for game hunting and horse riding and its pre-RAF use as sheep and cattle rearing.  There are several good footpaths around the former base and in spring snowdrops can be seen alongside the small road to Bilby. Wildlife is numerous with birds of prey such as kestrels and buzzards being commonplace.  Aircraft can still be seen overhead on a regular basis due to airliners flying overhead bound for Robin Hood airport (the former RAF Finningley) and occasionally the disticncive sound of a Chinook can be heard fling overhead.

There is also a legend of an Airspeed Oxford buried on the airbase too, these were common aircraft in the area but why it would be buried rather than scrapped is unknown!