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  • Chitts
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2009
    • 137

    Hanworth Air Park

    Is anyone else interested in the history of Hanworth Air Park? I strolled around the site several years ago and wish to do a bit more detective work in a Paul Temple style. I'd be delighted if any of you fellows had a map or chart of the airfield layout and which hangar was which etc. I've looked at photos, Google Earth and matched up images of Dr Eckener's magnificent silver sausage but fancy a day out with map and camera. There's a few good clips of flying there on the British Pathe website, but that's pretty much all I've found.
  • avion ancien
    Long ago and far away ...
    • Aug 2007
    • 5308

    #2
    Take a look at http://www.pprune.org/aviation-histo...-hounslow.html and you'll find quite a few kindred spirits!

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    • Wellington285
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Apr 2008
      • 421

      #3
      Chitts
      I can email you a copy of 2 postcards aerial shots showing the hotel and hangers and one aerial photo I have.
      Ian

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      • longshot
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Aug 2008
        • 1666

        #4
        The Heston Airport Yahoo Group has a little material on the neighbouring airfields which includes Hanworth( HestonAirport-subscribe@yahoogroups.com )
        The biography of Charles Hughesdon 'Flying made it happen' has material on Hanworth.A central figure in UK Aviation Insurance, he set up the Insurance Flying Club at Hanworth in the 30s, then ferried and test-flew aircraft from Hanworth in WWII. (The most remarkable story in the book however concerns the SAS DC-6/York collision over North Middlesex where Hughesdon records that a lawyer took a 'present' from the Underwriters of 5,000 for persuading the Treasury Solicitor to authorize a Crown damage payment to SAS (after the accident was blamed on the RAF York))

        The FlightGlobal archive searched year by year for Hanworth should bring up plenty.
        On the Air-Britain abix forum it was noted that David Brown (Aston Martin) used to clear customs from Hanworth in his Dove Executive plane as late as 1956 (with Heathrow only 2 miles away)
        Last edited by longshot; 10th December 2011, 16:43.

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        • longshot
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Aug 2008
          • 1666

          #5
          Hanworth...the London Air Park

          Hanworth has a Wikipedia as the London Air Park http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Air_Park
          written mainly by a very thorough local Aviation Historian.......possibly a useful alternative search term for Getty and Pathe etc

          and the revamped IWM website have a Hotspur pic at 'Feltham' (another name) pic by searching General Aircraft
          (and, wow, the hot-linking works direct from the IWM site!!)
          target="_blank">AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945; GENERAL AIRCRAFT GAL.48 HOTSPUR.
          AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945; GENERAL AIRCRAFT GAL.48 HOTSPUR.


          and from the IWM, too was this at Hanworth?
          target="_blank">BRITISH POST WAR AIRCRAFT
          BRITISH POST WAR AIRCRAFT
          Last edited by longshot; 10th December 2011, 16:55.

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          • Chitts
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Jan 2009
            • 137

            #6
            Thank you chaps for the information posted, and Ian, I've PM'd my email address to you.

            Does anyone know if the airfield used to be on both sides on Hanworth House, or just to the North East, where the playing fields are now located? I realise now that when I strolled 'round the open area years ago (now called Hanworth Park) that I might have been on the wrong side of the House to the airfield.

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            • pagen01
              St Mawganphile
              • Aug 2007
              • 10711

              #7
              Originally posted by longshot View Post
              ...and from the IWM, too was this at Hanworth?
              General Aircraft Limited were based at Hanworth/Feltham, but unsure if that is where the picture is taken.
              It is one of the GAL.56s which were flying-wing research aircraft, three were built, TS507, '510, & '513. I think the 'V Wing' caption in the photo might refer to the 'V Maximum' stage swept wing which was flown on TS513.
              Sadly the renowned glider pilot Robert Kronfeld was killed while testing TS507 out of Lasham airfield.
              If anyone is wondering how the heck GAL's giant Universal Freighter prototype was flown at Hanworth, it wasn't, instead being roaded from Hanworth to Brough, servining as the prototype to the Blackburn B-101 Beverley.
              http://www.abpic.co.uk/search.php?q=...t=most_popular

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              • T-21
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Jun 2007
                • 1323

                #8
                I have a 42 page booklet called "Hanworth Air Park 1916-1949" produced by the Feltham Arts Asociation in 1992 for 3. Copies might still be available from the local studies Hounslow library.
                Fly with the eagles,or scratch with the chickens.

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                • AEROFOIL
                  AEROFOIL
                  • Jun 2008
                  • 73

                  #9
                  Hanworth Air Park

                  A very good history on this airfield is the book " Coming into Land" by Tim Sherwood which has photographs showing the Air Park when it was at it's prime just before WW2 with much very activity and some aircraft manufacturing also.
                  This book is probably available still from Hounslow library, local studies department- contact James Marshall. 0845 456 2800.
                  an excellent buy for about 11.99 incl postage and includes all you need to know about Heston, Hounslow and the orginal Heathrow (Harmonsworth) aerodromes.

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                  • avion ancien
                    Long ago and far away ...
                    • Aug 2007
                    • 5308

                    #10
                    It seems that flying club activities at Hanworth were under the auspices of National Flying Services from November 1928 to October 1934 and then of its successor, London Air Park Flying Club, from the latter date until, presumably, September 1939. Did the LAPFC reform after hostilities had ceased? If so, under what name and until when? And if it did, what became of it - or its successor - when, after Heathrow coming into operation in 1946, private flying at Hanworth ceased to be practical?

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                    • Flat 12x2
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Sep 2003
                      • 508

                      #11
                      Some great aerial pictures are now available to view online of Hanworth/London air park from the '20/30's including the Graf Zeppelin visit, also the Whitehead aircraft factory which adjoined the air park.
                      http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/a...earch=hanworth
                      (if you register you can zoom in for a lot more detail)

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                      • REF
                        REF
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Dec 2006
                        • 765

                        #12
                        Try AiX too, some good info on there
                        http://www.airfieldinformationexchan...?2198-Hanworth
                        Richard E Flagg
                        http://www.ukairfields.org.uk/

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                        • avion ancien
                          Long ago and far away ...
                          • Aug 2007
                          • 5308

                          #13
                          .....but nothing, sadly, about the Hanworth flying clubs!

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