Thruxton Aerodrome has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1917 as a military airfield for the Royal Flying Corps during World War I. It played a crucial role in training pilots for the war effort, and after the war, it was used for civil aviation and recreational flying.
During World War II, the aerodrome was once again requisitioned for military use and served as a base for the Royal Air Force's 38 Group. It played a key role in Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation in history. After the war, the aerodrome was returned to civilian use and was taken over by the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) in 1950. The BARC developed the site into a racing circuit, which has hosted many prestigious races, including the British Touring Car Championship and the British Formula 3 Championship.
In the 1960s, the aerodrome was used for testing the Blue Streak missile, intended to be a nuclear deterrent for the UK. Today, it is primarily used for flying lessons, air displays, and private aviation. The circuit remains a popular venue for motorsport events, with its high-speed corners and challenging layout providing a thrilling experience for drivers and spectators alike.
Thruxton Aerodrome and Race Circuit have been faithfully recreated by Burning Blue Design undertaking on-site visits, ensuring the highest levels of accuracy. It features:
- Over 230 custom 3D objects each with full Physical Based Rendering (PBR) textures
- 2023 layout with accurate runways, taxiways and custom taxi signs
- Highly detailed control tower interior
- Accurately placed red obstacle beacons visible from miles away
- Completely custom windsocks and dynamic animated flags
- Dynamic working Signal Square and runway designator sign
- Real-life static aircraft and track day cars based at Thruxton
- Driving experience day with AI driven cars on track
- Full night lighting and dynamic weather compatibility
- Enhanced high resolution colour corrected ground textures