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Manchester Ringway Airport DAC01_01_008

Manchester Ringway Airport. The opening ceremony in 1938. This image shows dignitaries examining the brand new state of the art airport facilities and a striking metal-bodied DC2 airliner in KLM colours - the first airline to serve Manchester Ringway. Construction was started in 1935 to accomodate the larger airliners that KLM were proposing to use on this new route from Holland to the north of England. DC2s had 14 seats

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This print from Historic England Archive takes us back to the opening ceremony of Manchester Ringway Airport in 1938. The image showcases a momentous occasion as dignitaries gather to witness the unveiling of this state-of-the-art airport facility. In awe, they examine the impressive features while standing beside a striking metal-bodied DC2 airliner adorned in vibrant KLM colors – an emblematic sight marking KLM's pioneering role as the first airline to serve Manchester Ringway. The construction of this remarkable airport began in 1935 with a specific purpose: accommodating larger airliners that KLM had proposed for their new route connecting Holland and northern England. The DC2 aircraft featured in the photograph boasted an intimate seating capacity of 14, symbolizing both luxury and progress at that time. As we delve into this historic snapshot, it becomes evident that aviation was rapidly evolving during this era. The control tower stands tall in the background, representing authority and technological advancement within air travel. This single image encapsulates not only the physical elements associated with airports but also highlights how people were captivated by these magnificent flying machines. Transportation has always played a vital role in shaping societies, and this photograph serves as a testament to human ingenuity and ambition. It allows us to reflect on how far we have come since those early days of flight while appreciating our continued fascination with airplanes and their ability to connect people across vast distances.

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