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Aerodrome Collection

Step into the world of aviation with a glimpse into the captivating history and thrilling events that have taken place at various aerodromes around the globe

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Air Race for the Kings Cup Poster

Air Race for the Kings Cup Poster
Poster, Air Race for the Kings Cup, at Hatfield Aerodrome, with a stylised image of two planes racing. July 1934

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Supermarine test pilots at High Post Aerodrome in March?

Supermarine test pilots at High Post Aerodrome in March?
Supermarine test pilots at High Post Aerodrome in March 1946: From left: Flt Lt P. Wigley DFC, Sqn Ldr W.J.G. Morgan DFC, Lt Cdr Jeffrey K. Quill AFC, Chief Test Pilot; Flt Lt Leslie R

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Hendon Aerial Pageant

Hendon Aerial Pageant
A poster advertising a Royal Air Force Aerial Pageant at The London Aerodrome at Hendon. The pictures depicts British bombers attacking a desert stronghold

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Blackburn Kangaroo, G-EAOW, has arrived at Hounslow Aer?

Blackburn Kangaroo, G-EAOW, has arrived at Hounslow Aer?
Blackburn Kangaroo, G-EAOW, has arrived at Hounslow Aerodrome ready for the attempt on the 10, 000 prize for the flight to Australia

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Empire Air Day Poster

Empire Air Day Poster
Poster, Empire Air Day 1934, organised by the Air League of the British Empire. A civil aviation and RAF " at home". With a map of UK showing where the events are taking place. May 1934

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Pleasure Flights Poster

Pleasure Flights Poster, Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd, Bembridge Farm Aerodrome at any time by arrangement at the farm

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Gatwick airport, 1936

Gatwick airport, 1936
The improved Gatwick airport at the time of its official opening, 1936. The new Martello tower-style design enabled the airport to deal with six big air liners at once. 1936

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Printed souvenir paper napkin

Printed souvenir paper napkin in commemoration of the opening of the aerodrome at Hanworth Park, 16 October 1917, by the Lord Mayor. Date: 1917

Background imageAerodrome Collection: An Afternoon At Home at a Modern Flying Club by Johns

An Afternoon At Home at a Modern Flying Club by Johns
Representative types of British light aeroplanes flying over a typical modern aerodrome. The green monoplane on the left is a Westland Widgeon

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Aerial view of Duxford Aerodrome, now Imperial War Museum Duxford and the American Air Museum

Aerial view of Duxford Aerodrome, now Imperial War Museum Duxford and the American Air Museum, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Wind sock, aerodrome, Belle Ile en Mer, Breton Islands, Morbihan, France, Europe

Wind sock, aerodrome, Belle Ile en Mer, Breton Islands, Morbihan, France, Europe

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Rarotonga International Airport, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, South Pacific

Rarotonga International Airport, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, South Pacific

Background imageAerodrome Collection: WW2 - A Kurdish Company of the Iraq Levies

WW2 - A Kurdish Company of the Iraq Levies: these local men who accompanied the British forces and collaborated with them in their attack on Rashid Alis troops at Habanniya Aerodrome

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Provincial Airways Poster

Provincial Airways Poster
Poster, Travel by Provincial Airways, with door to door service. Showing a biplane above a chauffeur-driven car. 20th century

Background imageAerodrome Collection: English Electric Canberra B2 WH699 Aries IV

English Electric Canberra B2 WH699 Aries IV
English Electric Canberra B2, WH699, Aries IV, arrives at Wingfield Aerodrome, Cape Town, after breaking the record from London. 17 December 1953. Date: 1953

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Poster for Empire Air Day, 1934

Poster for Empire Air Day, 1934
Shows aerodromes in England, Wales, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland, all of which were open for Empire Air Day. Admission one shilling for adults, sixpence for children

Background imageAerodrome Collection: AFC Handley Page biplane at Haifa, Palestine, WW1

AFC Handley Page biplane at Haifa, Palestine, WW1
A Handley Page biplane belonging to the AFC (Australian Flying Corps) at the aerodrome at Haifa, North Palestine (Ottoman Empire), during the First World War. Date: circa 1918

Background imageAerodrome Collection: The Kings Cup Air Race - The Competitors at Hanworth

The Kings Cup Air Race - The Competitors at Hanworth
The Kings Cup Air Race - The Competitors aircraft arrived at Hanworth Aerodrome prior to take off in the early hours of the morning. Date: 4 July 1930 1930

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Types of German aeroplanes, World War One

Types of German aeroplanes, World War One
Types of German aeroplanes flying over France and Belgium in the First World War, autumn 1914. A gathering of the doves of war at a German aerodrome

Background imageAerodrome Collection: American Liberator bomber by G. H. Davis

American Liberator bomber by G. H. Davis
President Roosevelts promise is fulfilled as the American Liberator bomber arrives in Britain during the Second World War

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Queen Alexandra at the Royal Aircraft Factory, Farnborough, July 3rd, 1915, where

Queen Alexandra at the Royal Aircraft Factory, Farnborough, July 3rd, 1915, where she named four of the aeroplanes furnished by the Overseas Club to the Royal Flying Corps. July 3rd, 1915

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Hatfield aerodrome, Hertfordshire

Hatfield aerodrome, Hertfordshire

Background imageAerodrome Collection: The start of the England to Australia flight

The start of the England to Australia flight from Hounslow Aerodrome, London, 12 November 1919. In flying clothing (from left) Ross Smith, Keith Smith, Sergeant J.M. (Jim) Bennett and Sergeant W.M

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Gustav Hamels plane ready to leave Hendon for Windsor

Gustav Hamels plane ready to leave Hendon for Windsor
Gustav Hamels aeroplane ready to leave Hendon Aerodrome for Windsor on the very first airmail flight. The first aerial mail service took place on 9 September 1911 from Hendon to Windsor

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Croydon Aerodrome

Croydon Aerodrome is Britains largest and most prestigious airport, with regular flights to the European Continent. Note the wind-sock which tells pilots the prevailing wind

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Sikorsky S-61N G-BAKC

Sikorsky S-61N G-BAKC (msn 61-703), of Bristow Helicopters at Redhill Aerodrome. Date: circa 1980

Background imageAerodrome Collection: No. 2 Squadron, Canadian Air Force

No. 2 Squadron, Canadian Air Force
Canadian Air Force - The assembled men and machines of No. 2 Squadron Canadian Air Force (1918-1920), probably at Shoreham aerodrome (or, less likely, Upper Heyford)

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Departure from Ratmanala Aerodrome Colombo

Departure from Ratmanala Aerodrome Colombo
Departure from Ratmanala Aerodrome, Colombo, of the first Empire Air Mail service, 28 February 1938. Carried by a Waco YQC-6 biplane operated by Tata Air Lines, the 1

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Fly! Airship! Fly

Fly! Airship! Fly
March 1919: Airship R33 during its take off for its maiden flight at an aerodrome in Barlow, Yorkshire. (Photo by R. Humphrey/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Airship R33

Airship R33
March 1919: The British airship R33 in its hangar as it prepares for its first ever flight at an aerodrome in Barlow, Yorkshire. (Photo by R. Humphrey/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageAerodrome Collection: British Bristol fighter planes in flight, France, WW1

British Bristol fighter planes in flight, France, WW1
British Bristol fighter planes of No. 22 Squadron RAF flying in formation from Serny aerodrome, northern France, during the First World War. Date: June 1918

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Gustav Hamel signing receipt for mail, Hendon

Gustav Hamel signing receipt for mail, Hendon
The aviator Gustav Hamel in the cockpit of his aeroplane, signing the official receipt for the mail, just before setting out from Hendon Aerodrome to Windsor on the very first airmail flight

Background imageAerodrome Collection: The wireless transmission room at Croydon Aerodrome, London, England which was re-opened in 1928

The wireless transmission room at Croydon Aerodrome, London, England which was re-opened in 1928
3058465 The wireless transmission room at Croydon Aerodrome, London, England which was re-opened in 1928. From The Story of 25 Eventful Years in Pictures published 1935 by Unknown photographer

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Fatal airship accident at the Franco-British Exhibition, 1908 (b/w photo)

Fatal airship accident at the Franco-British Exhibition, 1908 (b/w photo)
2920851 Fatal airship accident at the Franco-British Exhibition, 1908 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834-1906), American astronomer and aeronautical pioneer

Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834-1906), American astronomer and aeronautical pioneer
530531 Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834-1906), American astronomer and aeronautical pioneer. Langley's steam-powered model plane Aerodrome viewed from above and below

Background imageAerodrome Collection: British aviators getting instructions, 15 May 1918. Creator: Bain News Service

British aviators getting instructions, 15 May 1918. Creator: Bain News Service
British aviators getting instructions, 15 May 1918. The pilot and observer of a Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 biplane (serial number B5106) of No

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Duke of Connaught decorating a Belgian, 3 Jul 1918. Creator: Bain News Service

Duke of Connaught decorating a Belgian, 3 Jul 1918. Creator: Bain News Service
Duke of Connaught decorating a Belgian, 3 Jul 1918. Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850-1942) and Belgium King Albert I (1875-1934) at Houthem Aerodrome on July 3

Background imageAerodrome Collection: British aviators consulting, between 1914 and 1918. Creator: Bain News Service

British aviators consulting, between 1914 and 1918. Creator: Bain News Service
British aviators consulting, between 1914 and 1918. British pilots probably during World War I

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Queen Mary visits aerodrome shed, 5 Jul 1917. Creator: Bain News Service

Queen Mary visits aerodrome shed, 5 Jul 1917. Creator: Bain News Service
Queen Mary visits aerodrome shed, 5 Jul 1917. Queen Mary of Teck leaving the aerodrome at Royal Flying Corps Headquarters at St. Omer, France on July 5, 1917, during World War I

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Pilot and 40 passengers after a flight at 6, 500ft in a ?

Pilot and 40 passengers after a flight at 6, 500ft in a ?
Pilot and 40 passengers after a flight at 6, 500ft in a Handley Page aeroplane. Cricklewood Aerodrome, 15 November 1918. The pilot, in flying kit, is Mr Prodger and Mr Handley Page is to his left

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Queen Mary Reservoir plane crash, 1937

Queen Mary Reservoir plane crash, 1937
The wreckage of an airplane belonging to the Midland Bank Flying Club, which crashed into Queen Mary reservoir, near Staines, Middlesex in 1937

Background imageAerodrome Collection: One of the Hawker Hurricane Fighters photographed at Northolt Aerodrome, Northolt

One of the Hawker Hurricane Fighters photographed at Northolt Aerodrome, Northolt, Middlesex, West of London, with a Squadron formation of 9 aircraft flying at low altitude

Background imageAerodrome Collection: A new project at Hawker Siddeley Aviation, Bitteswell, is well and truly airborne

A new project at Hawker Siddeley Aviation, Bitteswell, is well and truly airborne. The first of 21 Buccaneer aircraft due to be modified

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Youngman-Baynes High-Lift VT789

Youngman-Baynes High-Lift VT789 ( Percival P.46 G-AMBL), at the 1948 SBAC Radlett air show. The High Lift was a one-off experimental, flying test-bed for the system of slotted flaps invented by R.T

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Lady members of the Heston Park flying club

Lady members of the Heston Park flying club
A 3000 mile holiday tour by air by members of the Heston Park flying club, including a number of women pilots, set out from Heston Air Park (Aerodrome) in twenty aircraft

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Marjorie Vereker and Adelaide Cleaver - Heston Aerodrome

Marjorie Vereker and Adelaide Cleaver - Heston Aerodrome
Mrs Marjorie Rosamond Seton Dower Vereker (nee Mulliner) (1902-1992) and Adelaide Franklin Cleaver (nee Pollock) (1885-1939)

Background imageAerodrome Collection: An Aerodrome in 1918, (1944). Creator: Sir John Lavery

An Aerodrome in 1918, (1944). Creator: Sir John Lavery
An Aerodrome in 1918, (1944). British biplanes in the air over an airfield during the First World War. From " Britain In The Air", by Nigel Tangye. [Collins, London, 1944]

Background imageAerodrome Collection: Boulton Paul group at Mousehold Aerodrome in 1933. From?

Boulton Paul group at Mousehold Aerodrome in 1933. From?
Boulton Paul group at Mousehold Aerodrome in 1933. From left: Major Jack Stewart, OBE; Capt J. Dawson Paul, John Carter, J.D. North and Sqn Ldr C.A. Rea, AFC. Date: 1933



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Step into the world of aviation with a glimpse into the captivating history and thrilling events that have taken place at various aerodromes around the globe. From exhilarating air races to breathtaking aerial pageants, these snapshots offer a window into the awe-inspiring world of flight. Imagine yourself transported back in time as you admire the Air Race for the Kings Cup Poster, showcasing skilled pilots pushing their limits in pursuit of victory. The Hendon Aerial Pageant comes alive through faded photographs, capturing daredevil stunts and heart-stopping maneuvers that left spectators breathless. Intrigue surrounds Supermarine test pilots at High Post Aerodrome in March - what groundbreaking innovations were they testing? Meanwhile, Blackburn Kangaroo, G-EAOW, has arrived at Hounslow Aerodrome, ready to embark on new adventures high above. The Empire Air Day Poster invites you to witness a celebration of aviation's triumphs and advancements. And if you seek an adrenaline rush from a different perspective, Pleasure Flights beckon with promises of soaring through endless skies. Delve deeper into this fascinating realm with printed souvenir paper napkins adorned with iconic aircraft designs. An Afternoon At Home at a Modern Flying Club by Johns offers an intimate glimpse into the camaraderie shared among aviators who call these aerodromes home. From an aerial view of Duxford Aerodrome - now Imperial War Museum Duxford and American Air Museum - one can almost hear echoes of engines roaring overhead. Wind sock flutters proudly over Belle Ile en Mer's aerodrome in France; it stands as a testament to countless takeoffs and landings witnessed throughout its existence. Traveling further back in time reveals Types of German aeroplanes during World War One - relics that shaped military strategies and forever altered warfare tactics. Finally, Rarotonga International Airport welcomes visitors to paradise amidst palm-fringed shores; here lies an aerodrome where dreams take flight.