History of Heathrow airport

History of Heathrow airport

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Dr Jekyll

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18,100 posts

208 months

Monday 21st October
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If the Fairey Great West Aerodrome next to the village of Heathrow had never been built. Would Heathrow airport still have been built?

Ian Geary

1,711 posts

139 months

Monday 21st October
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Yes, but maybe somewhere else?

Hth


Eric Mc

107,912 posts

212 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Where else would a major new airport have been built within 12 miles of central London in 1945?

Pericoloso

40,998 posts

110 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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I never actually knew there was a place called Heathrow ,thought it was just the airport name.

Old map on Wikipedia shows Heathrow village or Hamlet and the aerodrome ,all flattened for the airport we know now.

Eric Mc

107,912 posts

212 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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It was originally planned as a hub for RAF Transport Command. As well as the main airport there was also supposed to be a smaller satellite airport right next door. This would have meant a complex of runways totalling eight.

Saleen836

6,930 posts

156 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Watched a very interesting tv prog all about Heathrow last week, from it's begining until now
Heathrow Airport 'then & now'
Ch5 Saturday 26/10 7pm (repeat)

Dr Jekyll

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18,100 posts

208 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Saleen836 said:
Watched a very interesting tv prog all about Heathrow last week, from it's begining until now
Heathrow Airport 'then & now'
Ch5 Saturday 26/10 7pm (repeat)
+1

They vaguely implied the modern Heathrow grew out of the old Fairey airfield, hence my question.

Eric Mc

107,912 posts

212 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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The Air Ministry was looking for a large expanse of flat land within 20 miles of London. The Heathrow area would have been attractive even if there hadn't been an airfield there already. In fact, the general vicinity of what is now Heathrow already had in place Fairey's Great West Aerodrome, Heston Aerodrome and Hawker's assembly plant airfield at Langley.

So, the land had already been chosen as a good site for airfields west of London.

What was known for certain that London't main pre-war airport, Croydon, was going to be totally unsuitable for post war airliners so somewhere had to be found for a new major airport to serve London.

aeropilot

18,941 posts

174 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Dr Jekyll said:
Saleen836 said:
Watched a very interesting tv prog all about Heathrow last week, from it's begining until now
Heathrow Airport 'then & now'
Ch5 Saturday 26/10 7pm (repeat)
+1

They vaguely implied the modern Heathrow grew out of the old Fairey airfield, hence my question.
Nope.
The old Fairey Aviation site was just to the south of the west bound Heston services area of the M4, so about a mile and a half to the north-east of the north-east corner of Heathrow.
The old British Airways sports ground was built on part of the old airfield.

QuadCamCapri

136 posts

98 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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aeropilot said:
Nope.
The old Fairey Aviation site was just to the south of the west bound Heston services area of the M4, so about a mile and a half to the north-east of the north-east corner of Heathrow.
The old British Airways sports ground was built on part of the old airfield.
I think that was Heston Airfield where the Airlinks Golf course and M4 services are now. I'm sure Fairey was on the Heathrow site as their hanger had to remain on the apron in front of T2 for 20 years due to one of the longest running court cases.
Fairey won as it was later admitted that the government falsely obtained the airfield knowing the war was coming to an end.

Can't remember the name of the book I read years ago but it was all in there.

QuadCamCapri

136 posts

98 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Just had a look on the net, Fairey went to Heston in 1944 after being kicked off the Heathrow site.

Dr Jekyll

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18,100 posts

208 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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QuadCamCapri said:
I think that was Heston Airfield where the Airlinks Golf course and M4 services are now. I'm sure Fairey was on the Heathrow site as their hanger had to remain on the apron in front of T2 for 20 years due to one of the longest running court cases.
Fairey won as it was later admitted that the government falsely obtained the airfield knowing the war was coming to an end.

Can't remember the name of the book I read years ago but it was all in there.
+1

It was. At least up until a few years ago some of the Heston airfield buildings were still visible beside the M4 services.

Fairey occupied roughly what is now the South East corner of Heathrow airport. The hangar was just in front of terminal 2 until the mid sixties.

I think this is the hangar in the background..


xyz123

447 posts

76 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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Was it originally known as Heath Row i. e two separate words... Saw it in a letter from the Queen many many years ago.