Open Day at Croydon Airport
August 4 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
Don’t miss this chance to explore the early days of passenger air travel at London Croydon Airport, which traces its history back to World War I. It was established in response to Zeppelin bombing raids on London, and developed into the first major international airport in the UK. It eventually closed in 1959, when it was replaced by Northolt Aerodrome, Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport.
The former terminal building and gate lodge at Airport House were granted Grade II listed status in 1978, and the award-winning Croydon Airport Visitor Centre opened in 2000. The exhibition includes displays located in the world’s oldest air traffic control tower, and charts the history of Croydon Airport from World War I airfield, to London’s international airport and Battle of Britain airfield.
Outside Airport House you can marvel at a de Havilland Heron propellor-driven airliner, which flew the last passenger flight from Croydon. You’ll be amazed to learn that passengers and crew used to mingle in the departure lounge before take-off, and that road traffic in Plough Lane was routinely stopped to allow planes to take off and land. Originally, this was done by a man with a red flag, later by level crossing gates. The two ends of Plough Lane have never been reunited after the airport closed.
Other open days take place on the first Sunday of each month. Admission is free.
Further information on the Croydon Airport website