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Old 3rd Jan 2022, 16:27
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Airport with most diverse aircraft types

On these dark winter evenings I thought this may be a topic for discussion.
My vote is for my local airport - Bournemouth/Hurn, EGHH/BOH.
Over the years that I have known this airport, (1960 to the present day), the variety of aircraft using it has ranged from Piper Cubs to Boeing 747s and almost everything in between, including Airships and round the world challenge types,
It would be too long a list to post here, but can anyone suggest another airport with such variety.
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Old 3rd Jan 2022, 16:49
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Oshkosh ...
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Belongs in the spotters forum - or Beano - not here.
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OK.
I was thinking "Nostalgia"
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I'd say something in the LA area. From airliners to fighters, helicopters, unmanned stuff, plenty of GA and privately owned MiGs, piston oldies, jetpacks and such.
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Oshkosh isn't an airport.
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Oshkosh isn't an airport.
Au contraire - KOSH - very much an airport.
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Nostalgia ? So was I, Dixi. How about Boscombe ? Maybe not now but certainly in the timeframe I assume you're talking about.
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Originally Posted by LTCTerry View Post
Au contraire - KOSH - very much an airport.
From the Wikis:

On July 16, 2020, the airport began a project to replace the aging GA terminal as well as the old airline terminal built in 1958 and 1971 respectively with a new modern GA terminal. The high cost to maintain both facilities, as well as there is no chance that airline service will return to Wittman as Appleton International Airport has expanded to now serve Oshkosh leaving no need for an airline terminal as the primary reasons to replace the terminal. The new terminal is planned to open sometime in early-mid July 2021 in time for AirVenture 2021.
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Originally Posted by Sleeve Wing View Post
Nostalgia ? So was I, Dixi. How about Boscombe ? Maybe not now but certainly in the timeframe I assume you're talking about.
Definitely a contender - even up to (say) 2007 there was an eclectic fleet regularly flying + a fair number of interesting visitors.
Just in my section I was qualified to work on 4 different types concurrently (Hawks various,Alpha Jet,Tucano and Harvard [whenever I could escape from the jets LOL]) + partial quals on 2 other types.
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Originally Posted by Pypard View Post
From the Wikis:

On July 16, 2020, the airport began a project to replace the aging GA terminal as well as the old airline terminal built in 1958 and 1971 respectively with a new modern GA terminal. The high cost to maintain both facilities, as well as there is no chance that airline service will return to Wittman as Appleton International Airport has expanded to now serve Oshkosh leaving no need for an airline terminal as the primary reasons to replace the terminal. The new terminal is planned to open sometime in early-mid July 2021 in time for AirVenture 2021.
I'm not sure what your point is - plenty of airports don't have scheduled airline services. Closer to home, Farnborough is an obvious example.
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If Oshkosh isn't an airport, Boscombe certainly isn't! I'd go for somewhere like Prestwick - regular traffic, deliveries, training, military transits, etc
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And reputedly fog-free, too.
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I'm not sure what the answer to the question is, but the old spotter in me yearns for the days before my local airport, Newcastle, became an endless succession of 737's and A320-series.
In my very early years with my dad on the roof at NCL we saw DC-8's, DC-9's, DC-10's, F27's, F28's, 707/720's, 727's, 737's, 747's, BAC 1-11's, Viscounts, 748's, Caravelles, Tu134's, Tu154's... and I've probably missed a few off that list.
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Back even in the eighties, LHR could boast an early-morning DC-6 freighter. Plus loads of Tridents, Il-62M and again a few others I'm sure I have missed. And an ex-BOAC Argonaut...
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Back in the day any of the largerUK airports could lay claim to a myriad of type and size of aircraft simply due to the many aircraft manufacturers and the less restricted airspace and cheaper landing charges. Add in the size of the RAF/RNAS/AAC and all the training/familiarisation flights they did and it was a 3-ring circus. As times moved on bit by bit by bit this whole scene changed to what we have today. In the UK, probably Blackbushe, Fairoaks, Shoreham have the most variety simply because it's pretty much all private owned aircraft, save for the few private commercial flights.

As always, you don't know what you had until it's gone.
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Luton in its 60's and 70's heyday (or perhaps halcyon days to coin a more appropriate phrase), saw a wonderful mix of small, medium and large flying things

Today? Kemble (or is it Cotswold International?) has a very nice mix of light aircraft and heavy metal, although the heavy metal is of course nearly always on its terminal flight.
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At Gatters in the '70s when there was still a GA terminal, I recall everything in size from a Swiss Jodel up to various 747s. An unusual night-stopper was a Mustang in 1980 (Stephen Grey and Mike Wright ferrying TFC's first fighter from Oakland to Geneva!)...
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In the UK I think EMA is probably hard to beat with the diversity of cargo and passenger traffic, plus for the time being a fairly active GA scene.
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