Back to top
After an original idea by Paul Freeman.
First published 7 Nov 2010. This collection of airfields is © 2010 - 2018 RonaldV
it

Cerrina

01-08-2012

05-11-2017

744

45°00'18"N 007°29'34"E

Runway: 02/20 - 782x41meters - asphalt

Cerrina airfield (It: Aeroporto Cerrina, also known as Cerrina-Orbassano, Cerrina di Bruino, or aeroporto della Scuola di Volo Cerrina (airfield of the Cerrina Flight School) or aeroporto turistico "A. Brezzi", ICAO: LILT) was a small airfield 10 kilometers southwest of Turin, 530 kilometers northwest of Rome.
The airfield was a privately owned airfield, and flourished in the 1960s. The airfield closed when its owner died on Alitalia flight AZ112 on 5 May 1972 (Douglas Aircraft DC-8-43 I-DIWB).

carte.jpg
Double folding coloour postcard, showing the flight school in the 1960s (ebay.fr).

cerrina_airfield_1960s.jpg
View at the airfield, presumably somehwere in the 1960s (3confini.it).

cerrina1964.jpg
A very snowy Cerrina di Bruino airfield in 1964 (md80.it).

Although the airfield is largely overgrown, it is still recognisable in Google Earth. Two hangars, a station building and a burnt-out control tower still exist. Even the dimentions of the runway can still be recognised. Oddly enough, the airfield still holds its ICAO code LILT, over 40 years after the airfield closed.

cerrinaqj4.jpg
Burnt-out tower at the former airport.

cerrina-2008.jpg
The former airfield photographed in May 2008 (Google Earth)

A visit to the airfield in August 2017 revealed that the runway is freely accessible, meaning: there aren't any signs prohibiting one from acessing the terrain. It is covered in weeds, mostly grass and lavender (which in summer probably makes it the best smelling runway in the world!). Pieces of asphalt and in some places even the lines on it are still recognisable. The airfield buildings still existed, but required repairs and the airfield required a major clean up if it was to be used as an aifield again. Car wrecks were parked on what used to be 'air side' at the white hangar. 

cerrina_08-08-2017.jpg
The two original hangars, photographed in August 2017 from about the same angle as the postcard above (RonaldV)

cerrina_rwy_08-08-2017.jpg
Weeds are growing abundantly on the remains of the runway, but white painted lines continued to be visible in August 2017 (RonaldV) 

"Mille grazie!" to Massimo (Max) Belloni for pointing out this airfield!



Related airfields Cerrina

Idroscalo Torino
45°02'45"N 007°41'06"Erunway: n/a - n/a - waterSeaplane base Turin (It: Idroscalo Torino)...