On the November 4th 1984 the Yorkshire Post newspaper
chartered a British Airways Boeing 747 G-AWND which was the first Jumbo jet to
fly into LBA. It was named "The spirit of Yorkshire" in honour of the
day. Next came Wardair 747 C-GXRA, it flew on to Toronto in Canada to become
the airport's first direct transatlantic flight.
Aircraft is seen on the runway which straddles
Harrogate Road, Flights to Canada by Wardair only operated until 1988.