Category Archives: Croydon Airport Society

Britain 1940: The day that bombs rained down on Croydon

ANTON RIPPON, the author of a new book published to mark the 80th anniversary of the Blitz, explains how deadly bombs dropped on Croydon provided the ‘realisation that the war had finally come to London’ They called it the Phoney … Continue reading

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Video: See how Croydon led the world in developing air travel

This week marks the centenary of the first air traffic control system, which was developed at Croydon Airport. Volunteers from the Historic Croydon Airport Trust offers guided tours around the remaining buildings – and the world’s first air traffic control … Continue reading

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Croydon Airport celebrates centenary of pioneer control tower

February 25, 1920: The world’s first air traffic control tower was commissioned by the government 100 years ago today, in a move that helped usher in the age of mass air travel. The tower was built at Croydon Airport, then … Continue reading

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Croydon Airport open days, first Sunday of every month

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Step back in time with an historic Zeppelin walk, Mar 28

Retrace some of the route of the terrifying bombing raid of October 13-14 1915 with Ian Walker, the chair of the Historic Croydon Airport Trust, with a guided Attack of the Zeppelins walk this Wednesday, March 28. Find out about … Continue reading

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Kempster’s historic airport mural flies in to Croydon

An important piece of historic artwork is going on public display at the Historic Croydon Airport Open Days in 2018. The artwork, called “The History of Aviation”, is a giant mural, 26 feet long, painted by one of the major … Continue reading

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Croydon Airport to stage wreath-laying at Purley crash site

The Historic Croydon Airport Trust will be staging a solemn commemoration in Purley on Christmas Eve, marking the 93rd anniversary of Britain’s first air disaster. The accident happened on December 24, 1924, when an Imperial Airways de Havilland DH.34, operating … Continue reading

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Croydon Airport wins on the Lottery for Zeppelin war project

The Historic Croydon Airport Trust has announced that it has received a National Lottery grant of £9,200 for its “Fighting for Air: The First World War Origins of Croydon Airport” project. With the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the … Continue reading

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Croydon Airport gets an upgrade to help preserve its history

“Getting an upgrade” is the Holy Grail for many airline passengers in the 21st Century, a stroke of good fortune which can transform a long and sometimes uncomfortable flight into an experience to be enjoyed. But now an entire airport … Continue reading

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Croydon Airport project nears take-off with Heritage grant

Croydon Airport Society has received a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its “Revealing the Hidden Heritage of Croydon Airport”. The cash will allow it to recruit and train volunteers to meet growing demand at the Croydon Airport … Continue reading

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