A drive in… Northants


Ken Ellis drops in on aeronautical sites in the ‘Rose of the Shires’


Sywell looking northeast with the concrete 03 and the three grass runways prominent. The original aerodrome complex is to the right, alongside the road. At the bottom are the former Armstrong Whitworth hangars and to the left is one of the structures used by Brooklands
Aviation. JEFF BELL

Northamptonshire offers a rich variety of aeronautical treasures. It is a large county and I’ve selected a ‘tour’ of the northern half, offering an unhurried day. The Midlands location hints at support and training airfields, but this is far from the case: fighters, bombers, parachute and clandestine forces, Cold War missiles and even a factory building Lancasters were once to be found in the region.

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