Croydon Historic Airport

History | Nationwide event hosted by Flower of Kent Branch (SL)

Sunday 7 July 2024 at 10.45am

Cost: £8

Historic Croydon Airport has seen a host of daring and record breaking flights that made the aviators global celebrities.  Charles Lindbergh arrived in the Spirit of St Louis after completing his trans-Atlantic flight.  Mobbed by a 100,000 strong crowd- the largest crowd to assemble at an airport until The Beatles arrived at Heathrow in 1963.  Amy Johnson took off from Croydon on her record-breaking flight to Australia.

The magnificent building made Croydon the world’s first purpose built and integrated airport terminal, becoming the biggest and most advanced airport in the world in 1928.  It was the birthplace of air traffic control with world’s first air traffic control tower.The airport can trace its history back to WWI and squadrons were based there during WWII.  With the expansion of passenger travel, other airports took up London’s air traffic and Croydon Airport closed in 1959.

This 45 minute guided tour and additional time in the Museum/Control Tower is for members only and places are limited.  It costs £8 per person which is a donation to the airport Trust and must be booked by 31 May.

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For further information about this event please contact:

Mr Paul Fitton
07851 910619

Event location

Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon, CR0 0XZ