A quiet day at a provincial airport....
...... Or is it?
The original Speke Airport in Liverpool, but taken in 2007. The airport buildings were closed in 1986 when the new airport was opened a mile or so down the road. Left to languish for 10 years the buildings were bought by the Marriot Hotel chain and converted into a luxury hotel whilst keeping many of the art deco features. The central column is the old control tower for the airfield.
The apron area at the back of the hotel is used by The Jetstream Club to house several preserved aircraft. Seen here is the BAe Jetstream-41, G-JMAC, the cockpit of which has been converted to a fully functioning flight simulator. The small aircraft under the wing of the Jetstream is Grumman AA1 Yankee, G-SEXY, also owned by the club.
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The Old Control ...
Once was someone...