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TITLE
Boarding a plane at Stornoway Airport
EXTERNAL ID
PAN_BOARDING_BEA_B
PLACENAME
Stornoway
DISTRICT
Lewis
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Stornoway
PERIOD
1950s
CREATOR
J Nairn
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
20900
KEYWORDS
airlines
airports
aeroplanes
planes
air fields
transport
travel
flights
aircraft
Boarding a plane at Stornoway Airport

In 1937 a civil aerodrome opened near Stornoway, Lewis in the Western Isles. In April 1941 the airport came under RAF Coastal Command for anti-submarine and anti-shipping operations. By 1943 it had become an important staging point for allied aircraft crossing the Atlantic. Short range aircraft were able to cross the ocean in stages: Stornoway - Iceland - Greenland - Newfoundland - USA.

Between 1986 and 1993 NATO used the airport as a Forward Operating Base for air defence aircraft protecting the naval fleet. The airport also supports the Scottish Air Ambulance Service and is home to the Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter.

British European Airways began in August 1946. It had seven area-specific divisions.
The aircraft in this photograph is most likely to be a Douglas DC-3 Pioneer as it was this sort of aircraft that flew for the Scottish Division during the 1950s


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Boarding a plane at Stornoway Airport

ROSS: Stornoway

1950s

airlines; airports; aeroplanes; planes; air fields; transport; travel; flights; aircraft

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

Jimmy Nairn & Son

In 1937 a civil aerodrome opened near Stornoway, Lewis in the Western Isles. In April 1941 the airport came under RAF Coastal Command for anti-submarine and anti-shipping operations. By 1943 it had become an important staging point for allied aircraft crossing the Atlantic. Short range aircraft were able to cross the ocean in stages: Stornoway - Iceland - Greenland - Newfoundland - USA.<br /> <br /> Between 1986 and 1993 NATO used the airport as a Forward Operating Base for air defence aircraft protecting the naval fleet. The airport also supports the Scottish Air Ambulance Service and is home to the Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter.<br /> <br /> British European Airways began in August 1946. It had seven area-specific divisions.<br /> The aircraft in this photograph is most likely to be a Douglas DC-3 Pioneer as it was this sort of aircraft that flew for the Scottish Division during the 1950s <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.<br />