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Report - Former Speke Airport - Speke - March 2014


Will Knot

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The Explore............

To finish off the day of explores after another local account, both Telf and I visited the 'Old' Liverpool John Lennon Airport at Speke.

A Bit of History............

Built in part of the grounds of Speke Hall, Liverpool (Speke) Airport, as the airport was originally known, started scheduled flights in 1930 with a service by Imperial Airways via Barton Aerodrome near Eccles, Manchester and Castle Bromwich Aerodrome Birmingham to Croydon Airport near London. The airport was officially opened in mid-1933. By the late 1930s, air traffic from Liverpool was beginning to take off with increasing demand for Irish Sea crossings, and a distinctive passenger terminal, control tower and two large aircraft hangars were built. During World War II, the airport was taken over by the Royal Air Force and known as RAF Speke.

The original terminal building dating from the late 1930s, famously seen on early television footage with its terraces packed with Beatles fans, was left derelict for over a decade after being replaced in 1986. It was renovated and adapted to become a hotel, opened for business in 2001, preserving its Grade II listed Art Deco style. It was part of the Marriott chain of hotels, but is currently the Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel after a renovation in August 2008. The former apron of the terminal is also listed and retained in its original condition, although it is no longer connected to the airport or subject to airside access control.

It is the home of several aircraft, so on with the pics.............:cool

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Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoyed the report.....I Will Knot :thumb
 

Telf

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Re: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel - Speke - March 2014

Cool stuff m8.
 

The Wombat

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Re: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel - Speke - March 2014

Good stuff mate.

I went to a few Creamfields festivals on Speke airfield; many moons ago
Too old for it now!
 

MSP

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Re: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel - Speke - March 2014

I did a skid car control course here a few years ago, surprised you could walk around so freely. If I owned one of them planes I'd be pissed, No Secca?
 

Will Knot

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Re: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel - Speke - March 2014

I did a skid car control course here a few years ago, surprised you could walk around so freely. If I owned one of them planes I'd be pissed, No Secca?
Skid car MSP! Planning a get away job? lol :D Hey mate, you know what it's like :rolleyes:.........it was just a walk in with a few obstacles!!! :thumb
 

MSP

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Re: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel - Speke - March 2014

I used to be a director of one, we had a directors day. Awesome you should do it if you've not done already
 

The_Raw

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Re: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel - Speke - March 2014

This is awesome mate, wicked find :thumb
 

Vixxie

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Awesome report. Gotta see that place when I am up in Liverpool :)
 

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