29 May 2012

Abandoned Hangar T374 in Weybridge

Hangar T374 in Weybridge, UK was built in the 1960s as the final assembly building for the VC10 airplane built by Vickers and BAC. Weybridge at that time was home to some of the heavyweights of the British Aviation industry with an airfield built in the middle of the Brooklands motor racing circuit. The building was eventually abandoned before being used as a set for Flash Gordon. It was finally demolished in the late 1980s.

Below is a timeline of Vickers at Brooklands in the 1960s -

1960 - Announcement of merger between Bristol Aircraft Ltd., English Electric Aviation Ltd., and Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd., and formation of British Aircraft Corporation Ltd., as parent company, followed by acquisition by British Aircraft Corporation of Hunting Aircraft Ltd.

1961 - Vickers celebrates 50 years as builders of aeroplanes. Vanguard entered service in Europe and Canada.

1962 - Vickers VC10 made first flight.

1963 - BAC One-Eleven made first flight.

1964 - Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. became Weybridge Division of B.A.C. (Operating) Ltd. Last of 444 Viscounts delivered. VC10 entered service with B.O.A.C.

Location: Weybridge, England

Category: Factory

Abandoned: 1980s

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