Leeds Bradford Airport and childhood memories – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Tony Armitage, Fulwith Road, Harrogate.

An aerial photo of Yeadon Airport in June 1957.

I HAVE just read with great interest the magazine article on Yeadon by Phil Penford (The Yorkshire Post, May 1), and, in particular, the aerial photograph of Yeadon Airport taken in June 1957.

I was 11 years old then, 
living on Cookridge Lane 
directly under the flight path 
of mainly Dakota passenger 
and various small private 
planes.

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I enjoyed cycling including delivering morning and evening papers around Cookridge, riding to Leeds Grammar School during the week and Yeadon Airport at the weekend.

An Air France Concorde at Leeds Bradford Airport in 1986.

The picture is exactly as I remember the airport then. I regularly cycled all around, unchallenged, including 
inside the hangers where I 
spent hours inspecting everything from Tiger Moth bi-planes to single seater racing planes.

I even cycled along the runway and the only “no-go” area was the Club Bar simply because of the sale of alcohol.

My desire to fly become a reality with the occasional holiday in Jersey by direct flight from Yeadon on a Dakota.

To fly home over our then family home and garden at an altitude of only some 200 feet was the high point of the 
journey.

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