Hawker Hind aircraft at the airport, designed by Sir Sydney Camm they were in service 1935 -1939 they were used as light bombers and training aircraft.
The development of fields on Yeadon Moor to what is now Leeds Bradford Airport has contributed a rich seam to the history of Yeadon. In 1931 over 60 acres of land were bought by a joint committee from Leeds and Bradford to be used as an airfield. It was an unlikely choice of location as the land is 681 ft above sea level, it is the highest airport in the UK. The Yorkshire Aeroplane Club moved to Yeadon from their base in Sherburn-in-Elmet, in 1935 limited commercial flights began between London, Newcastle and Yeadon.
When WW2 began in 1939 those flights ceased and the airfield became RAF Yeadon, the AVRO factory was erected on adjacent land and produced various aircraft including 695 of the famous Lancaster bombers.
After the end of the war in 1945 passenger services resumed, the range of destinations increased, and the airport was expanded. In the 1970s when package holidays became popular the numbers of people using the airport to fly out to popular European holiday spots increased year on year. The runway was extended to allow transatlantic flights on jumbo jets to take place, the first was in 1984, this was followed by the first of many visits by Concorde in August 1986. A day which saw Yeadon thronged with plane spotters eager to see this unique aircraft land and take off.
In the years since passenger numbers have continued to rise and the number of destinations increased, some question the need for further expansion with the resultant traffic problems and pollution. Whichever view is taken it is without doubt that the development from moorland to regional airport has added much to the tapestry of Yeadon's history.
Research & Text by Christine Lovedale.