On this day 80 years ago Birmingham Airport was officialy opened by HRH the Duchess of Kent.
Here is some early footage from that historic day on the 8th of July 1939
The airport was ready for traffic on 1 May 1939, and was officially opened by HRH the Duchess of Kent on 8 July 1939, who was joined by the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, the Lord Mayor, Alderman J Crump, and the Airport Committee, led by Alderman AH James. From its opening, there were regular services to Croydon (with connections on to the continent), the Isle of Man, Belfast, Glasgow, Brisol (with connection to Dublin), Cardiff, Southampton (with connections to the Channel Islands), Liverpool, Manchester and Shoreham, with other destinations added soon afterwards.)
✈️ 🎉 Today, Birmingham Airport celebrates its 80th anniversary ✈️ 🎉 FACT: •On July 8th 1939 the Airport, known as ‘Elmdon’ was officially opened by HRH the Duchess of Kent. Take a look at our short video, showcasing the amazing journey we have been on so far ✈️ 🎉 pic.twitter.com/741hKxor9c
— Birmingham Airport (@bhx_official) July 8, 2019