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Fairoaks Airport

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Fairoaks Airport is a general aviation airport between Chobham and Chertsey in Surrey, England. It is north of Woking and from Junction 11 of the M25 motorway which is between the M3 and A3 junctions. History Fairoaks opened as a private airstrip in 1931, but was signed up for military use in 1936 and became RAF Fairoaks during World War II. It was used as a training airfield, with No. 18 Elementary & Reserve Flying School being formed on 1 October 1937 equipped with De Havilland Tiger Moths. 6,000 pilots were trained at the airfield, mostly in Tiger Moths. Terence O'Brien, an Australian pilot, later wrote a series of books about his experiences in the RAF. In "Chasing After Danger", he recounts doing primary flight training on Tiger Moths at Fairoaks in 1940, when it was still a grass aerodrome. The unit was re-designated No. 18 Reserve Flying School on 14 May 1947 and was managed by Universal Flying Services. The Tiger Moths were replaced by De Havilland Canada Chipmunk
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