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Squires Gate (Blackpool)

Major
Also known as: Blackpool Airport / Blackpool International Airport / RAF Squires Gate / Squires Gate Aerodrome
County: Lancashire
Current Status: Aviation / Industry
Date: Opened 18 October 1909
Current Use: Active
Used By: RAF / RAF (Polish) / Civil / Civil (foreign)
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved, later paved (1940)

N.B. - Squires Gate is situated across the two counties of Blackpool and Lancashire but primarily geographically resides in Lancashire.

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 1 AACU ‘F’ Flight

  • No 1 AACU ‘R’ Flight

  • No 1 School of General Reconnaissance

  • No 2 School of General Reconnaissance

  • No 3 (Coastal) OTU

  • No 3 School of General Reconnaissance

  • No 9 AONS

  • No 9 CANS

  • No 17 OTU

  • No 23 Personnel Transit Centre

  • No 42 E&RFTS

  • No 63 Sqn

  • No 75 Sqn

  • No 96 Sqn

  • No 215 Sqn

  • No 256 Sqn

  • No 307 Sqn

  • Aer Lingus Regional

  • Air Navigation and Trading Co Flying Club

  • Air UK

  • Autair

  • Bin Air

  • Blackpool Air Touring Club

  • Blackpool and Fylde Aero Club

  • Blackpool & Fylde Aero Group

  • Blackpool & Fylde GC

  • British Amphibious Airlines

  • British Island Airways

  • British NorthWest Airlines

  • British United Island Airways

  • Fylde Flying Group

  • Isle of Man Air Services

  • Jet2.com

  • Jetstream Express

  • Lancashire Aircraft Corporation

  • Loxhams Flying Services

  • Manx2

  • Monarch Airlines

  • Northern School of Aviation Flying Club

  • Pegasus Airlines

  • Railway Air Services

  • Ryanair

  • Silver City Airways

  • Thomas Motors Flying Club

  • Westair Flying Services
  • Westair Flying School
Aerial 1980.jpg

Aerial view of Squires Gate airfield, 1980. © Dave Welch.

Blackpool Airport in the 1950s. Courtesy of HuntleyFilmArchives

Footage of Blackpool Airport, 1964. Courtesy of rivingtons29

Blackpool Air Show, 1972. Courtesy of BlackpoolDancer

Blackpool airport terminal demolished, 2016. Courtesy of Spooky Baron

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