Shoreham Airport an Illustrated History

Shoreham Airport an Illustrated History

by Peter C. Brown




Shoreham is the oldest airport in the UK, aviator Harold Piffard first flying from there in 1910, although the aerodrome only officially opened on 20 June 1911. It served as a base for Alliott Verdon Roe (founder of Avro) and John Alcock (one of the first men to fly the Atlantic). At the start of the First World War, the first flight of British military aircraft left from Shoreham to join the fighting in France. In the 1930s the airfield became an airport for Brighton, Hove and Worthing and a new terminal building in the art deco style was opened in 1936. This building is still in use today and is now Grade II listed. During the Second World War, Shoreham again served as a military airfield, coming under attack several times. The airfield is still operational today and is used by light aircraft and flying schools and as a venue for an air show and a filming location. In this book, aviation historian Peter C. Brown takes us through the history of this key centre in early British aviation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445633442
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 01/02/2015
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Peter C. Brown is a freelance writer, online journal editor and writes for several websites. He was born in Prittlewell in 1959 and has lived in Southend-on-Sea most of his life, and has previously written books for Amberley on Shoreham and Edinburgh airports.

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

1 Those Magnificent Men 7

2 1914-1918 The First World War 15

3 1919-1939 Between the Wars 19

4 1940-1945 The Second World War 26

5 1946-1959 Post-War and Recovery 39

6 1960-1969 The Beagle Has Landed 56

7 1970-1989 The Way Ahead Part I 70

8 1985-2005 The Way Ahead Part II 77

9 2006-1014 All Change 106

10 Shoreham Airport Rescue and Firefighting Service (SARFFS) 128

Photographs of Shoreham 136

Bibliography 160

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