All text and images copyright relictus.co.uk 2018

AVRO Woodford Aerodrome

I've long been fascinated by this airfield. The history of British aircraft design and production that went on here is astounding, many of the big names of classic aircraft were born here; Lancaster, Shackleton, Vulcan and Nimrod to name just four. The aerodrome came about in 1924 when Alliott Verdon Roe (A.V.Roe - AVRO) moved his aircraft factory from Alexandra Park Aerodrome in south Manchester to some farmland and sheds near Poynton, Cheshire. Once established and the with the spectre of war on the horizon, the airfield expanded, ready to supply Bomber Command with it's most accomplished aircraft. However, the glory days of World War 2, the dawn of Jet Age and the Cold War were not to last. Despite the success of the HS 748 turbo-prop airliner, the updated version, the ATP or 'Advanced Turbo Prop" didn't quite catch on. The BAe 146/AVRO RJ series of jetliners were successful, but sadly, never quite hit the big time like the Boeing 737 and smaller Airbus aircraft.

The last straw came with the Nimrod MRA4 upgrade for the Royal Air Force and with the 2010 'Strategic Security and Defence Review' the project was cancelled. The Nimrod MRA4 was £789 million pounds over budget and 9 years late. The airframes and some of the completed aircraft were scrapped outside the hangars in which they had been built. Bringing to an end eight decades of pioneering aircraft development and production, the airfield ceased flying operations on 25 August 2011.