Southend Airport from its origin as a landing ground during WW1 to London Southend Airport it is called today
Southend Airport began life as a landing ground (known then as RFC Rochford) for the Royal Flying Corps at the start of the First World War, and was requisitioned again during the Second World War, where it became a forward fighter base; a satellite of Hornchurch, and known as RAF Southend from October 1940. Following the war, the airfield returned to civil flying but it was not until the middle of the 1950s that the runways that are there today were laid, and the airport enjoyed great success with packaged holidays, car transporters, and regular commuter flights; becoming busier than Heathrow at one point.
Following the heyday the airport had a rollercoaster of a time with well established freight and passenger airline companies and the numerous flying clubs, and for the decade leading up to 2008 it had become quite a controversial subject as it was put up for sale. It was puchased by the Stobart Group, and is currently undergoing enormous redevelopment on the site, with a new terminal and railway station being built, and is attracting major interest from the big airline companies.
This is the story of that journey, supported by a great many photographs depicting 'then and now' changes that have been made over its lifetime.