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  • PBY-5A
    Spirit of Kent
    • Aug 2009
    • 144

    Ramsgate Airport

    I live on what was once the site of Ramsgate Airport, and the internet is not giving up all its secrets about it - As the main entrance and terminal apparently was on my road (Rumfields Rd.)
    Considering its proximity to Manston, i'm not suprised its not very well documented, I'm a pretty serious aviation anorak, and i never knew until one day a few years back I started noticing folorn road names on Pyson's ind estate!
    Any personal photos, scans of books etc, or even any interesting stuff that is not covered by Wikipedia would be great.
    "A commercial aircraft is a vehicle capable of supporting itself aerodynamically and economically at the same time"
  • wieesso
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Aug 2006
    • 1859

    #2
    You know this already?
    http://www.aviationarchives.info/sea...extSearch=X2RT

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    • Newforest
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Apr 2005
      • 8843

      #3
      The airport (today)!

      http://www.content-delivery.co.uk/av.../Ramsgate.html
      http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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      • daveg4otu
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Oct 2008
        • 658

        #4
        http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/in...p?topic=1616.0

        Also the Flight Archive has several mentions ....

        http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchi...1935&x=18&y=11
        http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/

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        • longshot
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Aug 2008
          • 1613

          #5
          Originally posted by wieesso View Post
          These photos are remarkable in that they're taken by two top photographers in their fields, Norman Parkinson (fashion/Vogue magazine etc) and Charles E Brown (transport, Aviation)...curiously Charles E Brown got the pretty girls in this set. One picture which interests me is the eleventh down, labelled Ramsgate M de B....I think this must be of Mary de Bunsen (sunglasses?), previously Press Secretary at Airwork Heston, who was Whitney Straight's press secretary/assistant, wrote the Straight Corporation's 'Straightaway' review and organised the 1937 Aerial camping weekend you see in the photos. She went into the ATA in WWII and ferried Mosquitoes amongst other types, and post-war wrote for 'Aeronautics' under a pseudonym
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/7478499...in/photostream

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          • G-ORDY
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Mar 2005
            • 918

            #6
            This taken from the "UK Air Pilot" c.1934

            Now finished Hawker Hurricane Survivors - published by Grub Street http://grubstreet.co.uk/product/hawk...ane-survivors/

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            • Sky High
              Always Hopeful
              • Oct 2009
              • 5003

              #7
              It is a great shame the marvellous art-deco terminal building was not preserved.
              What really matters is what you do with what you have.

              SKY HIGH

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              • Mark12
                MEANS MOTIVE OPPORTUNITY
                • Jan 2000
                • 10826

                #8
                I took my first ever flight in Prentice G-APIY from Ramsgate in September 1959.

                Would this have been the old airfield or a temporary strip for 'Joy riders'?

                I do not remember there being any buildings.

                Mark
                "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney"

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                • Sky High
                  Always Hopeful
                  • Oct 2009
                  • 5003

                  #9
                  It closed in 1968 but was badly damaged during the war so perhaps many of the original buildings were never rebuilt. I think the terminal escaped but fell foul of the demolition ball, although you do not recollect any buildings. Someone will know for sure.
                  What really matters is what you do with what you have.

                  SKY HIGH

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                  • mmitch
                    Member
                    • Mar 2003
                    • 1743

                    #10
                    I went for a pleasure flight in a Tripacer in the late 50s too. I don't remember a terminal building . I think there was just a wooden hut.
                    mmitch.

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                    • longshot
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Aug 2008
                      • 1613

                      #11
                      Nice big image from a Google Image search on 'Ramsgate Airport'
                      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_vP-v_V1Arl...te+airport.jpg

                      from:
                      http://thanetcoastlife.blogspot.com/...e-airport.html

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                      • Sky High
                        Always Hopeful
                        • Oct 2009
                        • 5003

                        #12
                        Wonderful picture and the terminal building proudly in the foreground. I reckon that was taken before the war.
                        What really matters is what you do with what you have.

                        SKY HIGH

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                        • pagen01
                          St Mawganphile
                          • Aug 2007
                          • 10711

                          #13
                          Lovely art deco terminal building, and what looks like a Boulton and Paul VR1 hangar. I think that what appears to be a Miles Gemini on the ground would make it post-war, in fact is that a Bedford CA in the car park to the right?
                          http://www.abpic.co.uk/search.php?q=...t=most_popular

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                          • PBY-5A
                            Spirit of Kent
                            • Aug 2009
                            • 144

                            #14
                            Fascinating stuff, thanks for the images and stories. It is indeed a shame that terminal building was demolished, I think now the Sericol factory stands on its grounds now? I live on Rumfields Rd, down the St Georges school end, so what part of the airfield did my house stand on? Cheers guys
                            "A commercial aircraft is a vehicle capable of supporting itself aerodynamically and economically at the same time"

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                            • pobjoy pete
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Feb 2006
                              • 278

                              #15
                              I remember visiting the site in the mid seventies.Industrial buildings were encroaching on the field, but the old petrol pumps were still in place and i remember a sign for "Air Kruise" on or near the hangar.
                              In fact looking at google it looks like the hangar still exists on the western side.
                              They certainly lost a gem when the terminal went.
                              On a rather gloomy local note; Plymouth Airport is going for development and another link with pre-war flying will be lost.
                              Last edited by pobjoy pete; 23rd August 2011, 00:23.

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                              • Newforest
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Apr 2005
                                • 8843

                                #16
                                Originally posted by PBY-5A View Post
                                I live on Rumfields Rd, down the St Georges school end, so what part of the airfield did my house stand on? Cheers guys
                                Looks as though you would have been on the eastern boundary of the airport.
                                http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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                                • ozplane
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Mar 2004
                                  • 1613

                                  #17
                                  The aircraft in "longshots" picture is a Messenger so the photograph is definitely post-war.

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                                  • Sky High
                                    Always Hopeful
                                    • Oct 2009
                                    • 5003

                                    #18
                                    So I wonder when they demolished the terminal building.
                                    What really matters is what you do with what you have.

                                    SKY HIGH

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                                    • PBY-5A
                                      Spirit of Kent
                                      • Aug 2009
                                      • 144

                                      #19
                                      It was demolished circa 1965, by which point it was in a fairly bad state.
                                      "A commercial aircraft is a vehicle capable of supporting itself aerodynamically and economically at the same time"

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                                      • Sky High
                                        Always Hopeful
                                        • Oct 2009
                                        • 5003

                                        #20
                                        Sad but at least it has been reborn in one sense by the rejuvenated art-deco Prospect Inn just outside Manston's perimetre.
                                        What really matters is what you do with what you have.

                                        SKY HIGH

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