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Cramlington (Airship)

Also known as: South Nelson Industrial Estate
County: Northumberland
Current Status: Housing / Industry
Date: 1929 - 1930
Current Use: Disused
Used By: Civil
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: General aviation

The airship station at Cramlington remains far less well known than the nearby landplane airfield of the same name. Construction began in 1918 and had not finished by the Armistice but a large shed was completed and survived for many years afterwards. What level of activity is also debatable, as military airships may have used the airfield during 1919, though flying certainly occurred during 1929-1930 as the Airship Development Company used Cramlington as a base to operate what was Britain’s first private airship for aerial advertising. Only in 1968 did the airship shed here disappear when it was demolished after previous industrial use.

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011):
  •  Cramlington Town Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • Airship Development Company


Britain's first private airship undergoing trials at Cramlington. Courtesy of British Pathé

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