Broadmeadow Aerodrome

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Broadmeadow Aerodrome was an aerodrome located at District Park, Broadmeadow, Newcastle, Australia. It began operating in 1929 and closed in 1963.

The Newcastle Aero Club selected a site after careful consideration and began preparations and cleared the land at District Park in 1928, to create a grassed runway. The first aircraft to land at the aerodrome was an Avro 504K, registered as VH-UBC, on 4 September 1929, which had Newcastle's Own painted on one side of the tail rudder and Spirit of Newcastle painted on the other side.

The first Tiger Moth in Australia delivered on 2 June 1935, registered as VH-UTD and named Halycon, was kept at the aerodrome by the Newcastle Aero Club.

Early pioneering aviators Charles Kingsford Smith, Jean Batten and Bert Hinkler visited the aerodrome during their flights up and down the east coast of Australia.

During World War II, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) utilised the aerodrome as a satellite aerodrome to RAAF Williamtown. The Newcastle Aero Club workshops overhauled RAAF trainers and manufactured wooden wing-tips for the Mosquito fighter bomber. The aerodrome was utilised by PBY Catalina, Supermarine Walrus and Dakotas.

After the war ended the Newcastle Aero Club purchased a Bellman Hangar from the RAAF and erected it on-site next to its main hangar. In 1953, the Newcastle Aero Club became the Royal Newcastle Aero Club, with permission granted by Queen Elizabeth II. During the 1950s the Club was given notice by the Department of Civil Aviation to relocate from the field at Broadmeadow because the area had become built out and high television antennas on the perimeter of the field interfered with landing approaches. In 1963, the Club transferred its operations from Broadmeadow to its present airport at Rutherford, Maitland.

Crashes at Broadmeadow Aerodrome[edit]