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    from http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/

    The Engine Repair Shed on the Staines West Branch Railway at Hounslow Heath and the Graf Zeppelin (D-LZ127) moored at Hanworth Aerodrome (London Air Park), Hanworth, from the north-east, 1932

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    Last fixed wing usage I've heard of at Hanworth was the director of David Brown Ltd (Aston Martin cars) in their executive DH Dove with customs clearance ca. 1956

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    Aerial photograph of Hanworth in the early 1930's and a Google Earth shot from the same angle today.

    The Airspeed Courier is parked on the Apron outside the Cierva Autogiro Company's hangar (the long one in the aerial photo)

    The three other shots were taken by me in August 1979 and show the derelict remains of the Cierva hangar, some wartime huts and Hanworth House (still standing)
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    Superb shots, thanks for sharing.
    There seems to very little here about Hanworth - London Air Park here. As well as Cierva, General Aircraft Ltd also had a pre-war manufacturing base there before the companies and the airfield turned into a major sub assembly construction and conversion site during WWII, as well as supporting an EFTS there.
    the area looks like it could still support a light flying field.

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    Happy memories! In the late forties, cycling from the Croydon area to Reading to catch a train, my route always took in Hanworth, Heston, Heathrow, Langley, White Waltham and Woodley. All pretty active airfields. At that time, I didn't know the location of Waltham St Lawrence, otherwise could have added a few Tiger Moths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mawganmad View Post
    Superb shots, thanks for sharing.
    There seems to very little here about Hanworth - London Air Park here. As well as Cierva, General Aircraft Ltd also had a pre-war manufacturing base there before the companies and the airfield turned into a major sub assembly construction and conversion site during WWII, as well as supporting an EFTS there.
    the area looks like it could still support a light flying field.
    Mawganmad ~ I started working at EMI Hayes in March 1976 and the EMI old timers who had been there since the 1930's told me that the London Air Park had been a major aviation development airfield during the 1930's. ( Apparently the Fairey Aircraft Factory had been in Hayes on the opposite side of the railway to EMI ? )

    I told them what Mr Jones informed me about the area in his WW1 RFC days and they provided the following responses that I had recorded in my day diary but never followed up so there may be some one on the forum who can add the details.

    They flight tested ' Autogyro's ', French Fairey built ' Tipsy Trainers ' and a company called the ' British Aircraft Company ' had also been based there prior to 1940.

    EMI had a factory at Feltham which I visited before it was closed down and relocated to Frimley.

    The old timers who were not going to relocate told me that there had also been an aircraft assembly factory in Feltham that had also used the Hanworth Airfield.

    I got the impression from talking to the older staff that the three airfields ( London West, Hounslow Heath & Hanworth had been at the for front of aviation development during the 1920's & 1930's ?

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