|City Airport, Greater Manchester|
|M30 7SA||North West|
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The former Barton Aerodrome is now called City Airport Manchester. Built in 1928, the aerodrome was Britain’s first municipal airport. It remains a largely unspoilt example of the airfields of the 1930s.
A small museum section at the front of the Visitor Centre features many interesting documents and displays which tell the history of the original Manchester Airport. The Bomber Command Association also has a display here. The Centre gives good views of movements on the active airfield. Visitors can also go onto the first landing of the Control Tower to view the aerodrome and watch various aircraft land and take off. (Please take note of the warning signs). Next to the Centre is the Police helicopter section. This location was formerly known as the Barton Aerodrome Visitor Centre.
City Airport Manchester is located close to the A57, south of the M62/M63 junction at Eccles, in western Greater Manchester.
Open Saturdays and Sundays 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Admission is free.
A small souvenir and coffee shop are at the front of the Centre, overlooking the airfield. Car park (not free).
|Barton Control Tower (photo, Phillip Evans)||Inside the Visitor Centre (photo, Phillip Evans)|
|Items on display (photo, Phillip Evans)||Wartime memorabilia (photo, Phillip Evans)|
List of Aircraft Exhibits
|Displayed I.D.||Aircraft Type||Real Identity||Condition||Status|
|None at present|
Barton Aerodrome Heritage Society, City Airport Manchester, Liverpool Road, Eccles, Manchester, M30 7SA. Website: Heritage Society.
|The Cyril Barton display (photo, Phillip Evans)||RAF memorabilia (photo, Phillip Evans)|