Wednesday 24th of February 2016
This February, Leeds Bradford Airport celebrated the 80th anniversary of the 609 West Riding squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, which was formed on the current airport site in 1936. The 609 West Riding squadron was a bomber squadron which saw active service as a WWII fighter squadron.
Leeds Bradford Airport celebrated in style with a vintage afternoon tea in the airport’s Yorkshire Premier Lounge, and invited a host of esteemed guests including the Lord Mayor of Leeds, the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Greg Mulholland MP and David Dinmore MBE. The pinnacle of the 80th birthday celebrations saw the 100 squadron from RAF Leeming make a low level fly past in their four Hawk Aircraft.
Greg Mulholland MP, member of parliament for Leeds North West commented on the occasion:
“The 80th anniversary of the famous 609 Squadron is a very special occasion. I was delighted to support the celebrations at Leeds Bradford Airport, where the Squadron formed exactly 80 years ago. Local people are rightly hugely proud of the role 609 Squadron and RAF Yeadon played in the Second World War and it was an honour to meet past and present serving members of the Squadron today. Thank you also to Leeds Bradford Airport for laying on this very special celebration.”