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seacue 11th Jul 2007 11:34

Which Aerodrome?
Moderator note: In the interest of keeping this thread running smoothly please observe the following 'rules'.

- A historic picture of an aerodrome will be posted. Newer pictures are allowed but the theme here is to compare/contrast old with new as well as identifying aerodromes which no longer exist.

- The person who correctly idenitifies it will be declared the 'winner' by the original poster.

- That winner shall either post another challenge or declare the floor open. Anyone may then post the next challenge.

- There will only be one challenge running at a time.

MReyn24050 has been kind enough to create a page which tracks previous challenges: http://www.geocities.com/artificer35...0108.htm?20085

The Mods

As suggested elsewhere by evansb, which aerodrome is this?
As in Which Cockpit, lets try to use elderly photos and not Google Earth pics.

Speedbird48 11th Jul 2007 13:06

Which airport??
Washington National, or Reagan as it is called today.


evansb 11th Jul 2007 14:11

What Aerodrome?
This could be fun. The shot of Washington National is a good example of what should be posted in this forum, as it could drift into What Control Tower? or What Terminal Building?. I look forward to the challenge.:ok:

IcePaq 11th Jul 2007 15:42

Fully expects to see a pic of an unidentifyable grass field surrounded by pine trees later on in the thread.

seacue 11th Jul 2007 21:16

Pardon me for having to be away most of the day.
Yes, Speedbird had it in one. Washington National Airport in about 1950. Now officially Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Interior shot in 1952. There was a row of checkin stations under the balcony to the left. That balcony was a fine place for plane-watching until they messed it up with pay TV seats.

Tiger_mate 11th Jul 2007 21:32

Saab Dastard: Art Deco airport so probably middle thirties origin. I have never been to Shoreham, but that looks like what I would expect it to look like on the domestic side ie not airside.

MReyn24050 11th Jul 2007 23:00

Saab Dastard's challenge
It is not Shoreham, but it is Collinstown Airport Dublin.

tr45831 12th Jul 2007 08:12

Ummmmm, I reckon it's the old terminal at Birmingham (UK).

MReyn24050 12th Jul 2007 14:59

Saab Dastard's challenge
As stated at Post #8 it is Dublin's Collinstown Airport Old Terminal Building.

MReyn24050 12th Jul 2007 15:01

Next Challenge

seacue 12th Jul 2007 15:19

My guess would be Midway, Chicago KMDW. Long ago with Capital Airlines extension at the right.

If this is a winner, let's let Speedbird48, who missed his/her go, take over.

I'll be away again today.

MReyn24050 12th Jul 2007 15:26

Mel's Challenge
Sorry seacue this one is not Midway, Chicago KMDW.

evansb 12th Jul 2007 17:09

Pittsburgh, PA, (KPIT)?

MReyn24050 12th Jul 2007 17:15

Mel's Challenge
Sorry Bri. It is not Pittsburgh, PA, (KPIT).

oscarh 12th Jul 2007 17:35

Dublin EIDW?

MReyn24050 12th Jul 2007 18:04

Mel's Challenge
oscarh Not Dublin EIDW I am afraid.

Saab Dastard 12th Jul 2007 19:11

Is it Stockholm Arlan?

MReyn24050 12th Jul 2007 19:36

Mel's Challenge
Saab Dastard. Not Stockholm Arlan in fact this one is not this side of the 'pond'.

seacue 13th Jul 2007 01:05

Sure are a lot of taxiways, etc, for such a small terminal. Is it dual-use civilian and military?

The connie doesn't help much since at least TWA, Eastern and Capital flew them domestically.

Probably not much after 1960 because of the DC-3 apparently in airline service.

I'm stumped.

evansb 13th Jul 2007 02:08


pigboat 13th Jul 2007 02:53

Cleveland Hopkins?

seacue 13th Jul 2007 03:02

I remember Baltimore (Friendship, BAL, now BWI) as a linear building around 1960 - of course I could be wrong.
I've looked at recent pictures of Cleveland and can't see where this terminal would have fit - of course I could be wrong..

ICT_SLB 13th Jul 2007 04:17

The general layout reminds me of Montreal (Dorval) aka CYUL - now renamed Pierre Trudeau. Even with the new additions the terminal is squashed into the corner of the airfield next to Cargo Road C.

MReyn24050 13th Jul 2007 10:22

Mel's Challenge
Sorry fellers it is not any of those mentioned:- Baltimore,Cleveland or Monreal. Here is another photograph of the terminal before they added the finger. I wonder if that is the good Colonel's aircraft.

seacue 13th Jul 2007 11:45

With a hint like that, it might be SDF Louisville although I can't see any likely buildings remaining on Google Earth.

MReyn24050 13th Jul 2007 11:55

I thought the Colonel might help however wrong county though. I am not sure if the original building is left. Should that be one of the requirements?

seacue 13th Jul 2007 13:18

Yet another try, Lexington, KY. The runway / taxiway pattern looks plausible.

If'n this be a winnah, I give my slot to Speedbird48 who missed his/hers early-on.

MReyn24050 13th Jul 2007 13:33

This aerodrome is further North than Lexington but still in Kentucky.

D120A 13th Jul 2007 20:02

Cincinnati? Before everyone descends upon me, the airport is in Kentucky and not Ohio!

MReyn24050 13th Jul 2007 20:22

It is the Cincinnati/Kentucky International Airport in earlier times.
We look forward to you challenge.

D120A 13th Jul 2007 20:34

Over to Speedbird 48, please!

Speedbird48 14th Jul 2007 03:41

Which aerodrome??
Sorry guys,

I will have to hand this one to you. I have been searching for one of a grassy, wet field in the South of the UK and I have not had any luck.

If you will take words, instead of a picture, it was round, and had, what are now known as, jetways to keep the customers dry on their way out to the aircraft.

I think the CAA buried it??


Maz11 14th Jul 2007 04:34

London Gatwick?

Don't suppose the round building would be the Beehive by any chance? The metal tracks that the jetways rolled out on are still there in the carpark as it is now.

Speedbird48 14th Jul 2007 05:06

Which Aerodrome?
MAZ11 got it .

I must have told you too much. I first saw it as a kid riding my bike to see the Spitfires/Seafires outside the Airwork hangers.

There was a DH Rapide at the Beahive with the "jetway" awning in use.

I later landed there when it was still all grass, in a Miles Magister, and the water went over the top of the aircraft as the place was so wet!!

I went on to fly for Dan Air and BUA before leaving the country so the fact that anything remains of the terminal is a wonder to me.

Good Thread, keep up the good work.

Speedbird 48.

MReyn24050 14th Jul 2007 11:17

It certainly is still there. I worked in there back in 1960 when Air Couriers had their drawing office there before their hanger was built. There used to be a footpath tunnel to the Beehive from the Old Gatwick Airport Railway Station. I am sure today it is still used as Offices.

D120A 14th Jul 2007 14:28


Here's another for your amusement. The '4X' registration on the Noratlas is not a clue, as he was some way from home. As were we, with four RAF Whirlwind HAR10s and an Argosy in support...

Maz11 14th Jul 2007 15:19

The Beehive (LGW)
Helps when you work for the company that owns it at the moment, (Sunny old GB Airways), and yes its still very much in use, listed building I think.

Anyway not got a clue on the other picture!

MReyn24050 14th Jul 2007 15:52

D120A challenge
I will take a wild guess and say Sharjah Airfield.

D120A 14th Jul 2007 16:04

No, not Sharjah I am afraid. The Noratlas was Israeli (Sharjah is the wrong direction) and the photo was taken on 13 March 1968, if that helps.


Shackman 14th Jul 2007 16:49

Nicosia (International as was, HQ UNFICYP as is)?

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