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Croydon Airport, opened as a Royal Flying Corps aerodrome in 1916, had a short but important history before closing in 1959 after being replaced by Heathrow as London's main airport. One of Europe's most important airports in the inter-war period, Croydon witnessed the development of air transport from converted military aeroplanes through to the de Havilland Albatross and H.P. 42 airliners that were in services at the start of the Second World War. Private flying also took off in the inter-war period, initially using RAF-surplus types like the Avro 504K. These were gradually replaced by new designs for club and private use from manufacturers such as de Havilland, Miles, Percival and several smaller companies. Pleasure flying came to an end in 1939 but was resumed again in 1945. Within the pages of Croydon Airport - The peaceful Years are almost 300 images showing the wide variety of aircraft to use the airport in its peacetime periods.
||Volume 3, Issue 4, October 1996, Classic Wings Magazine
Earlier this year I was somewhat intrigued to receive a call from Maurice Hayes and Colin Henderson to join them at Maurice's pub in Papakura to have a look at a video they had taken recently in South Africa. I was even more surprised to see that the video was of an aircraft type that I had seen occasionally flying the UK warbird circuit, but knew little about - the ME-108 Taifun.
I even became quite excited when Colin advised me that they had purchased the aircraft and that it would be here in time for Warbirds Over Wanaka 1996.
Read more about Trevor Blands comments on the ME-108 Taifun
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