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Castle Bromwich airfield

The Castle Bromwich Airfield was created in 1915 to train pilots, and later to test planes. The airfield was not actually in Castle Bromwich but in Berwood. Close to the railway, the airfield was considered for Birmingham's municipal airport. However, in 1933 Elmdon was chosen in preference.

It was used in 1940 during World War II. Aircraft built at Vickers across the Chester Road (now the Jaguar factory) were tested here; over 11 000 Spitfires flying some 37,000 test flights. The airfield continued in use as a training facility until its closure in 1958.

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