Leeds Bradford airport is celebrating its 80th birthday with a special exhibit.

Airport news for Leeds Bradford,Travel on 26/03/2012.

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Officials said the commemorative setup features photographs and numerous pieces of memorabilia from the facility’s eight-decade history. On hand for the opening ceremony were several regional business leaders and government officials, as well as 101-year-old 609 Squadron member Walter Dixon, who had flown from the facility during the 1930s.

The exhibit, held at Leeds Central Library, also saw a visit last week from 92-year old Vera Marland, who had helped track the Tiger Moths operating the area during the Second World War.

Marland said to reporters that the display had brought back numerous fond memories, noting that the only thing on the airport’s current site was a simple wooden hut at the time she was there in the war. She said that her job at the airport had been to keep a checklist of all the Tiger Moth planes as they arrived and departed to and from training missions.

Leeds Bradford airport’s chief executive, John Parkin, said that the airport had been dedicated to connecting Yorkshire to points around the globe for 80 years. He added that his organisation would remain committed to doing so and that it was proud to be a part of such a “fascinating” exhibit at the Central Library.

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