Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Spitfire base home to 24 RAF squadrons during WWII goes on the market for £1.5million after phone magnate decides to sell up

One of the best preserved Second World War airfields in the country has been put up for sale.

Perranporth, home of 24 RAF squadrons between 1941 and 1944, has been put on the market by former mobile phone magnate John George, with an asking price of £1.5million.

The 330-acre site in West Cornwall still features an original control tower, underground bunker, fighter shelters, pill boxes and the armaments depot which Mr George converted into the HQ of Jag Communications - once Britain's third largest independent mobile phones retailer.

Formed in 1989 in Cornwall, JAG Communications encompassed over 160 outlets in Cornwall, the South of England and Wales. At its height, over 600 people were employed across the UK.

As a result of the credit crunch, Jag was taken over by Go Mobile and Mr George quit the phones business. He has since set up an air taxi service in the Channel Islands.

An experienced pilot, Mr George bought the airfield four years ago to ease the commute from Guernsey where he is a tax exile.

He said: 'I bought Perranporth airfield because it was convenient'.

'I could land my plane and walk 100 yards from the end of the runway to be at my desk.

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