Manchester Woodford Aerodrome
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|Location||Woodford, Greater Manchester|
|Elevation AMSL||295 ft / 90 m|
Woodford Aerodrome or Manchester Woodford Aerodrome
(ICAO: EGCD) is a former airfield and aircraft factory located at Woodford, Greater Manchester. It is 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) north of Macclesfield, Cheshire, England.
Ownership and operation
The Woodford site was last owned and operated by BAE Systems until sold in late 2011. BAE Systems Woodford was due to close anyway in 2012 when its Nimrod project was to be completed but in late 2010 the Woodford-built BAE Nimrod MRA4 project was cancelled. It was previously believed that some jobs would be transferred to BAE Systems' Military Air Solutions headquarters in Preston, Lancashire. However, following the cancellation of aircraft orders in the British Government's Strategic Defence and Security Review, the site closed as an active airfield on 25 August 2011.
The aerodrome first came into use in 1924, when successful aviation pioneer Alliott Verdon-Roe bought the original farmland to enable his Avro company to move its aeroplane assembly and test flying facilities from Alexandra Park Aerodrome in south Manchester. The aerodrome, originally had a small grass landing ground and several temporary Bessoneaux hangars, but was later much extended, with hard runways built and later extended to the east. The Lancashire Aero Club also used the aerodrome briefly in the 1920s until moving to the new Barton Aerodrome and used a converted farm building as a clubhouse and a 'Dutch barn' style steel-framed hangar built for A V Roe around 1927.
Increased factory space, particularly at the north-east edge of the aerodrome next to Woodford village, was constructed to allow vast expansion of aircraft production in the 1930s & 1940s, particularly of the Avro Lancaster, during World War II. For eight decades Woodford was home to Avro, Hawker-Siddeley, British Aerospace and finally BAE Systems.
Many aircraft types were built and, apart from the BAe 146, also first flown at Woodford including:
- Avro Anson
- Avro Lancaster
- Avro Lincoln
- Avro Tudor
- Avro Shackleton
- Avro 707
- Avro Vulcan
- Avro Ashton
- Hawker Siddeley HS 748
- Hawker Siddeley Nimrod
- BAe ATP
- BAe 146
Plans to convert part of the site to films studios with adjacent office space and a hotel were announced in October 2011.
- http://www.futurewoodford.co.uk - website detailing development plans for the site
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