Author(s): Anthony J. Moor
Ramsgate Municipal Airport is rich with aviation history. The RFC used the site during 1914 and councillors proposed an airport be established and flying commenced in 1935.
National Aviation Day was announced, and a Flying Flea Rally took place in 1936. Crilly and Hillman Airways moved in and the airfield was extended in 1936 where flying holidays took place.
In 1937, Ramsgate Airport Ltd commenced services and the following year, the RAuxAF held summer camps, Thanet Aero Club joined the Civil Air Guard scheme, and Southern Airways operated a service across the Thames Estuary.
War was declared in 1939 and the airfield reopened during 1940 after it and RAF Manston were bombed in the Battle of Britain. In 1953, Air Kruise Ltd operated on a lease from Ramsgate Cooperation and flew to Europe.
Skyphotos and Skyflights took over until 1958, and Chrisair advertised joyriding in 1960. Following their departure in 1963, East Kent Air Services formed in 1967; however, they were not successful. In 1968, Ramsgate Municipal Airport closed for good and developers took over.
|FORMAT||234 x 156 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||28 February 2019|
|ILLUSTRATIONS||232 black-and-white photographs|
Anthony J. Moor was educated at the Royal Naval School, Tal-Handaq, Malta, in the early 1960s, being the son of a RN officer. On leaving school in 1964, Moor served a five-year engineering apprenticeship at Hatfield with Hawker Siddeley Aviation commencing at the de Havilland Technical School. He later became a draughtsman with AEG Germany and returned to England to continue work in engineering including working for Metair Aircraft Equipment Ltd at West Malling airfield in Kent.
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