It starred in the opening sequence of the famous film The Dambusters, and was responsible for training thousands of pilots during the Second World War.
Now a local action group fighting to preserve the airfield at Silloth in West Cumbria has received a grant, ensuring the role the town played during the war won't be forgotten.
Paul Crone has this report:
Silloth Airfield opened in 1939 and trained thousands of servicemen during the Second World War.
So many accidents occurred over Solway Bay, it became known as 'Hudson Bay', after the Hudson planes that were notoriously difficult to fly.
Not far from the runway is a cemetery for those who lost their lives training for war.
Lawrence Marshall has vivid memories of living next to the airfield during the war:
A project to highlight one of the best kept secrets of the Second World War has been launched in West Cumbria.
Silloth Airfield opened in 1939 and trained thousands of American, Canadian and British pilots to fly fighters and bombers during the war.
The Silloth Tourism Action Group has received a Heritage Lottery Grant to preserve the site for future generations, and to highlight the part the seaside town played during the war.
Training the pilots, navigators and wireless operators to fly the notoriously difficult Hudson planes came at cost.
In the cemetery, just a few hundreds yards from the end of the runway, are the graves of dozens of aircrew who lost their lives training for war.
It’s hoped many other residents will come forward to assist in the project with memories and photos of the town’s wartime years.
A woman from Silloth has been sentenced to 23 months in prison for her involvement in the importing of £130,000 worth of drugs.
45-year-old Anita Robertson was told her sentence would be suspended for two years.
She appeared in Carlisle Crown Court yesterday, Thursday 1 May, after pleading guilty to helping to import 6.5kg of mephedrone.
She came under suspicion when packages addressed to her arrived at Stansted Airport and Coventry International in August 2013.
The packages contained white crystalline substances which were later confirmed to be Class B controlled drugs.
She was arrested on the 21 August 2013 after the police discovered she had been receiving packages over a seven month period.
“Robertson believed that she could just receive these packages containing illegal drugs and get away with it. However, this case highlights that we are always checking on illegal activity. Once suspicious were raised, then it was only a matter of time before we brought her to justice.
“This investigation prevented a substantial amount of illegal drugs going onto the streets and is another example of the continuing work by Cumbria Police, along with partner agencies to disrupt the importation and distribution of illegal drugs.”
Police in West Cumbria are appealing for information about a car following a robbery with a knife in Silloth.
It happened on Thursday afternoon (April 17) at the Cumberland Building Society on Station Road.
Staff were allegedly threatened with a knife and a quantity of cash was stolen.
Police say the offender then ran off but may have then got into a car.
They want to trace the movements of a blue Ford Focus, registration number V647KOX, shortly after the robbery took place.
Four people have been questioned by police in connection with the incident. One of them has now been released without charge.
All roads out of Silloth have been blocked after a member of staff at the Cumberland Building Society was threatened with a knife during a robbery.
Police were called at 1:11pm today, Thursday 17 April, and are currently investigating the incident.
Officers and Air Support, from the National Police Air Service (NPAS), have been deployed to the area and a search is underway for the offender(s).
Motorists are asked to avoid the area. No one was harmed in the incident.
A nurse has been giving evidence at the inquest into the death of 34-year-old plumber David Hagen.
Lyn Farrer was on duty on Mr Hagan's ward at the time. She said she had tried to stop Mr Hagan leaving by holding his arm but he had brushed her aside.
Ms Farrer said she then tried to contact the hospital security but was told there was no one on duty.
Another nurse tried to follow Mr Hagen but he left the hospital.
The police and the hospital's Crisis Team were informed and a description of him issued.
He died just a few hours later at Engine Lonning in Carlisle.
Ms Farrer told the inquest that there was no formal plan on the ward to deal with high risk patients who might abscond but that staff had now been retrained.
The inquest continues.
Day two of the inquest has resumed into the death of a Silloth man who managed to leave hospital despite previous suicide attempts.
34-year-old plumber David Hagen died on June 28th, 2010, in Carlisle shortly after he'd left The Cumberland Infirmary where he'd been admitted following an overdose.
So far this morning the inquest has heard from nurse Lyn Farrer who was on duty on Mr Hagan's ward at the time.
The inquest is due to hear from several other witnesses today including Mr Hagan's widow Abigail Hagan.
An elderly man had to be rescued by RNLI volunteers after his car got stuck in floodwater in West Cumbria.
The 91-year-old, from Penrith, had driven his BMW into water across the Skinburness Marsh Road near Silloth on Monday afternoon.
Police are warning people to stay away from coastal areas at risk of flooding.
The region was on standby for more flooding as strong winds and high tides hit coastal areas early this afternoon.
It's exactly a month after many seaside villages were left counting the cost of some of the worst flooding in decades and after a weekend of stormy weather that damaged roads, homes and businesses.
Kim Inglis reports: