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Squires Gate (Blackpool)

Major
Also known as: Blackpool Airport / Blackpool International Airport / RAF Squires Gate
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

Blackpool airport terminal demolished, 2016. Courtesy of Spooky Baron

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