Aerodrome 1930s
Title Yeadon Aerodrome
Date 1930s
Location Yeadon
Photo ID E054
Comment This was the original entrance to the airfield. The bus is on Victoria Avenue (Harrogate Road). Although altered this is still an entrance used by Multi-Flight for people having flying lessons or going on charter flights (September 2012).
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E043 – Yeadon Aerodrome, Undated.

Yeadon Aerodrome – Undated

The only information noted for this image is that it was the “first Aeroplane”, presumably the first aircraft to land at the airport?

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E044 – Yeadon Aerodrome, Undated.

Yeadon Aerodrome – Undated

Early photograph taken of an aircraft at Yeadon Aerodrome, now called Leeds Bradford International Airport

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E045 – Yeadon Aerodrome, Undated.

Yeadon Aerodrome – Undated

A VIP visit to the aerodrome but who were the occupants of the car?

Aerodrome 1931/32

R134 – Yeadon Aerodrome, 1931/32.

Yeadon Aerodrome – 1931/32

Harrogate Road runs diagonally across the image, fields to the right of the road became the site of the A V Roe factory.
The 3 pairs of semi-detached houses at an angle to the road (planes behind them) became the headquarters of the Yorkshire Flying Club, the clubhouse was a flat roofed extension which is just visible to the right of the houses.

Aerodrome Pre 1939

C326 – Yeadon Aerodrome, Pre 1939.

Yeadon Aerodrome – Pre 1939

Aircraft outside the hangar at the Aerodrome.

Donated by Michael Clements.

Aerodrome 1938/39

E041 – Yeadon Aerodrome, 1938/39.

Yeadon Aerodrome – 1938/39

Possibly taken at the Empire Air Day, there are many spectators watching an aircraft.
There were Empire Air Days in May 1938 and May 1939 before the airport became a military installation at the outbreak of war              on 1st September 1939.

Aerodrome 1938/39

E042 – Yeadon Aerodrome, 1938/39.

Yeadon Aerodrome – 1938/39

Crowds of people are admiring the aircraft.
The roof on the left was one of 3 pairs of semi-detached houses in a cul-de-sac off Victoria Avenue (Harrogate Road), this was the entrance to the airfield and the Yorkshire Aeroplane Club (now the entrance to Multi-flight flight training and aircraft charter September 2012). The pair of semis nearest to the airfield was used as a club house by the Aeroplane Club, the upper storey being the home of the Club’s chief instructor Captain H V Worrall and his family.

Aerodrome 1947/50

FF193 – Yeadon Aerodrome, 1947/50.

Yeadon Aerodrome – 1947/50

The aeroplane is a DH 86 B De Haviland Dragon Rapide. Reg No: GA DGJ. It belonged to the Lancaster Aircraft Corporation, the LAC had bought up redundant surplus military aircraft post 1945, the managing director of the company was Eric Rylands.
From February 1st 1947 they were operating scheduled services from Yeadon to the Isle of Man and Jersey, by 1950 flights were also operating to Southampton, operations ceased in 1950.

Aerodrome c1950

N902 – Yeadon Aerodrome, c1950.

Yeadon Aerodrome – c1950

An aerial view of the airport and surrounding area. Harrogate Road runs diagonally left to right past the old AVRO factory, the large rectangular building, the terminal is below it. Bayton lane is in the bottom left hand corner.

Courtesy of Ken Cothliff, from his book Yeadon Above and Beyond.

Aerodrome 1950

L776 – Yeadon Aerodrome, 1950.

Yeadon Aerodrome – 1950

At that time is was called Yeadon Aerodrome, and shows aircraft to the left.  The building with cars outside was the West Riding Aviation Centre.  The airfield was controlled from the top floor with offices on the ground floor.  Stairs on the left of the building led to the roof.  The public were allowed onto the roof to watch the aircraft.

The photograph was donated by Howard German.

Aerodrome 1953

D158 – Yeadon Aerodrome, 1953.

Yeadon Aerodrome – 1953

In 1953 Yeadon Aviation Ltd was formed to operate the airport and the Aero Club.
A bus is travelling away from the airport, a banner reads “Yeadon Aero Club, Yeadon Aviation Ltd, Charter Flights, Pleasure Flights”.
The aerodrome is now called Leeds Bradford International Airport.

Aerodrome 1958

D726 – Yeadon Aerodrome, 1958.

Yeadon Aerodrome – 1958

The Yeadon Aero Club is based adjacent to Leeds Bradford Airport, the aircraft seen here is a De Havilland Chipmunk.

Donated by Philip Walker.

Aerodrome 1958

R481 – Yeadon Aerodrome, 1958.

Yeadon Aerodrome – 1958

This is a De Havilland Chipmunk plane belonging to York Aero Club and seen at Leeds Bradford Airport.

Donated by Douglas Walker.

Aerodrome 1958

P307 – Yeadon Aerodrome, 1958.

Yeadon Aerodrome – 1958

The information on this aircraft comes to us from 3 Richard Thomas Phillips. Assembled in UK in 1958 from Belgian built components during 1950 to 1957 for OO-TIF which was not taken up. Status unknown cancelled 06-09-00 by CAA. Permit to Fly expired 23-08-88.

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FBA164 – Yeadon Aerodrome, 1959.

Yeadon Aerodrome – 1959

Looking across the airfield to hangars and buildings.

Donated by Stephen Gardner’

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Z149 – Yeadon Aerodrome, Undated.

Yeadon Aerodrome – Undated

Two ladies who were flying to Jersey in this aircraft,  Mary Watkinson is in the front seat and Emily Wood in the back.

Donated by Anne Copeland nee Watkinson.

Previous Comments:

Re FBA164
Gerald Long
The white building in the centre of the picture was the Aero Club and is where my wife and I had our wedding reception in June 1958.
During the reception. the fog came down and closed the airport and 6 of us were taken to Squires Gate Airport at Blackpool to fly us to the Isle of Man.
05 July 2018

Re FBA164
The hangers on the left hand side is where we stood waiting for our flight in 1966, it was November and quite chilly.
16 April 2014.

Re L776
Chris Youhill
Great 1950 picture Howard – hope you’re keeping OK – happy memories of Independent Coachways, London weekend trips in-Tony’s day. The Master Brewer at Hillingdon was a great place to stay and on the Saturday afternoons Peter Johnson’s “Tour of London” was always enjoyable. For health reasons he couldn’t attend one week and I had to do the commentary myself – not my scene at ll and hopefully the clients seemed happy with it. Take care, Chris.
22 January 2021.

Consolidated by Elaine Ellwood. 01 September 2021.
Last updated: 16 September 2021. Photo IDs: N902, L776, R481, P307, FBA164 & Z149.

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