In 1968, George Wright, a Northumberland school teacher and WW2 Air Force navigator, placed an advert in the local press seeking anyone interested in forming a flying club.
The resulting group of enthusiasts soon set about finding a suitable base for the proposed club.
In 2000 an ambitious plan was made to design, finance, and build a second hangar of more than twice the size of the first one. The aim was to house 22 gliders which could be rapidly and individually accessible in order to make the most of any good-weather opportunities.
The hangar was funded principally by Sport England and was opened in 2003.