The Royal Naval Air Service Training Establishment (RNASTE) at Vendôme was established in April 1916. The airfield was selected because of its close proximity to the RNAS operational stations on the Western Front and because of its superior weather, which was ideal for training.
Vendôme operated as a RNASTE until September 1917. In April it became Nos. 205 and 212 Training Depot Stations (202 & 212 TDS) of the RAF.
The airfield operated over 100 Caudron G.III tractor biplane trainers and also some Maurice Farman S.7 Longhorn pusher biplanes.
Roy Stock was stationed there for basic flight training 22nd February to 24th March 1918.