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Walsall Aerodrome

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Airport type  Public
Serves  Walsall
Closed  1956
Owner/Operator  Walsall Council
Opened  1930s
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Location  Aldridge, Staffordshire. England

Walsall Aerodrome, also known as Walsall Airport, Walsall Municipal Airport, and later as Walsall Aldridge Airport was an airport at Aldridge, Staffordshire, England, serving the town of Walsall, north Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and Lichfield (Aldridge is now part of Walsall, and in the West Midlands county). It operated from the 1930sā€“1956. There is a variety of activities available at Aldridge airport today, there is a remote control aircraft club (Greenacres Model Aero Club) [www.greenacresmac.com] operating from Aldridge airport this always makes for good viewing.

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History

Walsall Council purchased Aldridge Lodge and 220 acres (89 ha) of its estate in 1930. Work on the airport began in 1932 and in 1937 the council contracted Walker Brothers Ltd of Victoria Ironworks, Walsall, to erect a hangar. A licence to operate was obtained in 1938.

In 1938 Amy Johnson gave a glider display to a crowd of around 6,000. On her final approach, her glider's wingtip touched a hedge and the aircraft turned over. She was taken to hospital, but was not seriously injured.

Operations were limited by the airfield's size, slope, and wet clay soil, making it unsuitable for larger aircraft. It closed in 1956 and most of the buildings were later demolished.

The land is now a public open space, known as Aldridge Airport, and hosts a variety of leisure activities under the auspices of Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council. However, it is still used for occasional helicopter landings, including training exercises by the West Midlands Police helicopter.

Helliwells

The engineering company Helliwells Ltd. had a base at the airfield c.ā€‰1939 ā€“ c.ā€‰1955. They made aircraft components and carried out modifications and repairs to aeroplanes.

Archives

Walsall Archives and Local History Centre holds a number of research files containing documents relating to the airport.

References

Walsall Aerodrome Wikipedia


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