This photograph is of the last Vickers Wellington to be produced at the Vickers satellite factory at Squires Gate, now known as Blackpool Airport, the home of the Saving Amy project. This Wellington was a MK XI serial number RP590.
In the Second World War, Squires Gate and Stanley Park airfields were aircrew training and bomber manufacturing sites. Several thousand (3,841) Vickers Wellington bombers were built at sites all over Blackpool. The very last Wellington was handed over on 25th October 1945 at Blackpool. In total 11,461 Wellingtons were built at Weybridge, Chester and Blackpool.
Amy Johnson flew her last flight from Blackpool in an Airspeed Oxford and it is said she often flew here to visit her sister, who lived near Stanley Park.
After the Second World War, Stanley Park Airfield was closed and Squires Gate became a Hawker Siddeley factory making the Hawker Hunter. The Queensland Air Museum contains Hunter XF311 which was built at Blackpool in 1955.
Reposted with credit to Eric Junior Watkiss of the Saving Amy Restoration Project 🙏
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