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photoblog image A quiet day at a provincial airport....

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.

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.

comments (8)

  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 2 Feb 2008, 02:30
Hey, is that an airport tower, Les????????? AND a clock tower????????

WOW. I'm impressed. smile
Les Auld: And it was built in the thirties, not many of them about these days. Thanks for the comment Ginnie.
I like the way the control tower looks like a lighthouse.
Les Auld: Certainly the shipping on the River Mersey could see it clearly when it was in use. Thanks for the comment Larry.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 2 Feb 2008, 08:59
Lol at Ginnie, lucky you didn't get a crane in the shot as well. Great use for an unused airport
Les Auld: The crane was behind me Aussie, thanks for the comment.
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 2 Feb 2008, 09:25
Great piece of Art Deco Les. I love it.
Les Auld: Thanks Ian, can't beat the style. They also have Art Deco fairs here as well.
I agree with Larry about the lighthouse looking. Very nice capture. I like the lines
Les Auld: Thanks for the comment Richard.
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 2 Feb 2008, 18:10
I love airports and planes ... It's a nice shot ...
Les Auld: It is quite a pleasent place Ann, thanks for the comment.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Feb 2008, 23:51
I did a double take with this when it opened - the architecture and the propellers were a bit of a giveaway really. I've also had coffee close to one of the old viewing windows here.

Cleaned up nice, hasn't it. smile
Les Auld: It has indeed Ellie, thanks for the comment.
I would never have guessed. Nice building

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