[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
The Day Britain stopped: Full coverage
AIR TIMELINE
1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Croydon Aerodrome
In 1919 Croydon Aerodrome becomes London's official airport
1910s
The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) build a training aerodrome on Hounslow Heath during World War I.

1915 The RFC sets up an Accidents Investigation Branch (AIB). After World War I it is also given responsibility for investigating civil air accidents.

1919 The world's first sustained international scheduled service starts flying from Hounslow Heath. The pilots follow landmarks, particularly railway stations that often had their names painted on the roof.

But Hounslow Heath loses its status as London's first airport seven months later as Croydon, which is better placed for continental flights, becomes London's official airport.

PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific