Langley
(Parlaunt Park, Slough)
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1970s (© Paul Francis)
Langley airfield control tower - Hawker Hurricane aircraft factory -
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, housing, industry
Tower Type:
1942 Art Deco style civil control tower
Tower:
Demolished
Other Buildings:
Demolished
History:
1938, Hawker Aircraft Ltd purchased Parlaunt Farm near Slough to build a new factory with grass airfield for the production of Hawker Hurricane fighters. 6,912 Hurricanes were built at Langley, the last in September 1944. Hurricanes were also built at Brockworth, Brooklands, Kingston, Longbridge and Montreal in Canada.
The Hawker Tornado (1940), Typhoon (1940), Tempest (1942), Fury (1944), Sea Fury (1945) and the General Aircraft Hamilcar X tank-carrying glider (1945) all made their first flights from Langley.
Post-war Hawker Hunters were built here as well as Kingston upon Thames and Blackpool.
1950 onwards, Hawker aircraft manufacturing moved to Dunsfold and Kingston upon Thames.
1950 to 1997, Site used by Ford for commercial vehicle manufacture and the Ford Transit was built here.
Postwar the airfield was used by Airwork Ltd until 1955 for aircraft maintenance and by British South American Airways servicing Lancastrians, Yorks and Tudors.
Langley airfield - Hawker Aircraft Ltd - aircraft factory -
Hawker Sea Fury at Langley 1948 (© Hawker via Steve Ward)
Langley airfield - Hawker Hurricane aircraft factory -
Airfield:
Hawker aircraft factory
Opened:
1939
Closed:
1958
Code:
?
Runways:
2x - Grass
County:
Buckinghamshire and Slough
Location:
East of Slough
OS Ref:
TQ025795
©:
All photographs copyright © as stated
Langley airfield control tower - Hawker Siddeley aircraft factory -
Langley airfield control tower 1970s (© Paul Francis)
Langley airfield - Hawker Aircraft Ltd - aircraft factory -
Langley hangars and offices 1940s (© Hawker via Steve Ward)
Langley airfield control tower - Hawker Hurricane aircraft factory -
Tempest V prototype and control tower under construction 1942 (© Hawker via Steve Ward)
Langley airfield and control tower 1945 (© Hawker via Steve Ward)
Langley airfield control tower - Hawker Hurricane aircraft factory -
Langley airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2017 -
- Langley - Hawker Hurricane - Hawker Aircraft Ltd. - aircraft factory WW2 -