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.
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.
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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