Our Bellman Hangar
Hangar 42 was constructed for the Air Ministry in May 1939. Squires Gate was commandeered for the Royal Air Force and became a key Airfield for RAF Groundcrew and Aircrew Training. Night fighter cover was provided for the North West from Blackpool, with RAF and Polish Aircrews flying providing Night Fighter operations from Hangar 42 throughout the War. The building has been thoughtfully refurbished to its original WW2 appearance, whisking visitors back in time to 1940.
As a busy operational Airfield, running alongside the Vickers Aircraft factory, Squires Gate would have had Wellington Bombers, Hawker Hurricanes and Boulton Paul Defiant’s regularly in the circuit above Blackpool. Airspeeds Oxfords, Botha’s and the occasional Spitfire would have also been commonplace on the Airfield and within Hangar 42.
Famous Aviation Pioneer and ATA Pilot Amy Johnson also flew her last fateful mission from RAF Squires Gate in 1941.
All our projects are funded through the entrance fee and by kind donations from the Public. By visiting the Spitfire Visitor Centre you are helping our future restoration projects, which include plans for a new Education Wing for Community use and to also develop an operational warbird flying programme to the Hangar in the future.
We are keen to widen our community involvement giving opportunities to volunteers of all ages, keen to take part in the restoration and maintenance of our Aviation Heritage.
We have a Donation Scheme and welcome donations of WW2 RAF related artefacts, large or small. You can also make a financial contribution to our projects.