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Building commenced in 1930 though the site had much earlier aviation links.Officially opened IN -33 the airport soon became one of the busiest in the country.

The first military connection was in 1936 when 611 squadron R.A.F. moved in.They were soon joined by other units,and by 1939 the military prescence was so large that the airport was requisitioned by the air ministry.One of 611 squadrons Hurricanes scored the first 'kill' of the Speke units when the Czech pilot shot down a German Ju 88 bomber As the war progressed.

a shadow factory was built near the airport with the Rootes group building Blenheim and later Halifax aircraft.

Additional runways were built to make a total of 3 extra hangers and other buildiings added.The 2 main hangers were now being used by the American Lockheed and Douglas companys to assemble Mustang and P38 Lightning aircraft.

In 1946,the airport reverted back to civilian use and By the early 1970s it was deemed that it would soon be unsuitable for the increased demands of larger airliners and it was closed when the 'new' John Lennon airport was built

nowadays the old terminal building is a hotel (crown plaza) and has retained many of its original features also the hangers are now in use for commercial purposes

i always knew this first building was here but after further exploring into the wooded area you come across all sorts of features still left including a rather strange pillbox which seemed to have a very long corridor to get into it

there is an roc post also here but has been filled in with earth and rubble but you can just make out the ventalation duct through the bushes



This building was a shooting butt for the aircraft to test their guns and cannons It would be filled with sand at the rear to absorb the shells and bullets aircraft would line up in front of it and fire ........some bullet damage can still be seen on the walls




bullet damage

access hatch on rear wall


electrical switchgear enclosure

then onto the rather impressive long pillbox

you can make out the door at the end

lookin back up from the entrance

and looking down into the box





some electrical stuff on the wall


further on along the old airfield theres another pillbox




whilst on the airport theme me and kevsy21 had a little mooch behind the old terminal building (now the crown plaza hotel) a while ago and came across this and other bits and bobs..it seems to be getting resored we think











various wings




and the engines




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Default 17-07-2010, 13:16

Loving the old aircraft. Must pull my finger out and do some more airfields.
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Default 17-07-2010, 18:50

Wow, great report and pics. The old aircraft looks ace!
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Glad you made it. Both aircraft are being restored. The Brittania was a "Speke" plane, and was moved up a few years ago after it was kicked out of a hanger at Filton.

The Brittania a few years ago:



There was a pair of Pickett Hamilton airfield pillbox tops, now at the museum in the Lakes:

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Default 18-07-2010, 03:26

Brilliant! That plane is fantastic I'll be down this week to see that shit
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Glad you made it. Both aircraft are being restored. The Brittania was a "Speke" plane, and was moved up a few years ago after it was kicked out of a hanger at Filton.

The Brittania a few years ago:



There was a pair of Pickett Hamilton airfield pillbox tops, now at the museum in the Lakes:

good stuff phil cheers for that...good to see the planes getting restored

good to see them hamilton tops put in a mueseum aswell
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Default 19-07-2010, 12:10

Interesting, I didn't know they were restoring that Brittania there. A very graceful looking aircraft.
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Link to the Brittania website: brittania
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Good stuff m8,here are some of my pics of the planes.













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