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Tigar Moth once owned by Cardiff Aero Club still exists!
I used to live opposite the airfield and I thought the aircaft were deHavilland Dragonflies.
Good evening, I remember the airport quite well as my Dad used to take me there often. The Royal Auxiliary Air Force were often training there and you could get quite close to the aircraft. (What a difference today!) They used, as I recall, Tiger Moths, Chipmunks, and I also recall an Avro Anson. You could get right up to the Cambrian Airways Dehaviland Rapides which were there. The "Gate Guardian" aircraft were, I think, an Avro Lancaster and a Handley Page Halifax.Nearby was a Comet fuselage. These were used by the Airport Fire Service trainees and I recall them dragging dummies out of them as practice. I also recall the TA paratroopers dropping from barrage baloons near Currans on the far side of the airport as training. I also recall the small aircraft which the Flying Club used, which again, you could get really close to. Small wonder I always wanted to be a pilot! Sadly, all I managed was a radio op in the Regualr army, but at least I got to jump out of a barrage baloon. Only difference was, mine was in Abimgdon, not Pengam!! Still, I would have swapped that for some of the places to which the Army sent me! Then again, as my old sergeant said "If you can't take a joke, don't join!!!" Love this site, it brings it all back, Regards to all, Gary
In the summer of 1938, aged 6y 10m, my grandfather took me on a flight from Pengam Airport, Cardiff to Weston Super Mare. The aircraf was a twin engined bi-plane,of De Haviland make - I think. My sons have requested I write about this memorable occasion and would appreciate any help you can give me with this task. Terry Rooney
Hi i believe all cival airline flying moved to rhoose on the 1st april 1954, Due to short runway and building work planned on the airport which would impead the flight path
Hello, When did all commercial flights stop at Pengam airport? I have a vague recollection that my older brother flew into Pengam from Bordeaux (Meringnac) in the 1950's I was about 5 or 6 years old and it would have been about 1958 or 59. Is this a false memory? Or was there another place in Pengam? Thanks in advance. Anne.
As a child I used to play in and around Pengam Airport. I see that some have asked questions about an aircraft at the entrance. The 'gate guardian' as it was known was a twin-engined DeHavilland Mosquito. Inside the airfield there was a four-engined RAF bomber which I believe was a wrecked Lancaster or Halifax. It certainlt wasn't burned out as it still had its camouflage paint finish. We used to play inside it. It was near a large red brick wall, probably the side of a building, and the four propellers were leaned up against it. I also remember the twin-engined DeHavilland Rapide passenger biplane, painted a purpley plum colour that used to fly over to Weston-super-Mare across the Bristol Channel. When was this? around 1949/50 or thereabouts. I'm 69 now so it was a long time ago. I lived in Splott at the time.
Some years later on 5 May 1959 a DeHavilland twin-engined Dove passenger aircraft took off from Pengam Airport with an in-experienced pilot at the controls and shortly after crashed on North Road in Cardiff opposite Maindy Stadium. It was the Cathays High School Sports Day and the aircraft crashed a mere 50 yards away killing everyone on board. I was watching fall it as I ran the 100 yards sprint at the time directly towards it! As I ran up the inclined cycle track at the end of the race it exploded and I can still feel the heat.
I hope these anecdotes help you.
I grew up in Madoc rd practically on the airport. I can remember 2 small planes there think they were called topsy and turvy we used to watch them flying around the airport. I remember the RAF fire station there and we would watch them training, on one occasion they set fire to a plane near the houses as part of training they had a dummy in the cockpit and the had to "rescue it" the buildig they pu t the plane against we used to call the tank aa it was an open topped small 4 walled building with what I believe was a fuel tank inside (defuncted) and we had great fun playing in the foam for many days to come.
HI FRED,I too remember the Halifax at Pengam airport,used for fire practice and climbing inside the fuselage.If you could find the photo you have of it i would love to have a copy please.I took some photo's of it myself but lost the film on the way home,sorry to say.Hope to hear from you,David.
Thank you all for your comments will be adding more stuff soon
Hi, I was at Canton High 52-58 and around the earlier date was taken to the main hangar at Pengam by neighbour the late Ted Galea who worked on the Rapides. It was my first and unforgettable sight and smell of Aircraft and I subsequently made aircraft my career. There was indeed a Halifax. I wrote to Aeroplane about it and a photo was subsequently published. Sorry, I cant remember which issue. I shall try to find it.
Very pleased to see the site.
Regards Fred Palfery
Hi Guys - I was at Cardiff High School for Boys from 1951 to 1957 and was a very keen aircraft spotter. At least once per week we would cycle to Pengam Moors to see what was about. There was a battered old Halifax and Lancaster that I believe were used for fire practise but I don't remember any stripped out Dakotas: they must have arrived later. Great excitement one day when we saw an Aeronca 100 (first time ever) G-AEVS. There was also the story of a Fockwulf 180 that shot up the airfield during WWII but got caught in an updraft over the river and ended up with just its tail visible sticking up out of the water. By the time I started visiting the aerodrome it had disappeared. Thanks for the web site - Russ
My memories of Pengam Airport range from 1968 when, as a student, I was introduced to Vicrem Engineering who operated from one of the large hangars shown in the aerial view. Vicrem's MD was a Mr Ben Glaser. The company specialised in the manufacture of pressed steel components, many being supplied to Fram Filters in Treforest. The company also manufactured pressure die cast components and also brass components for Aladdin at Pontadawe in (West) Glamorgan. I particularly remember their small electrical subsidiary that manufactured extremely robust fluorescent inspection lamps that they supplied to the National Coal Board amongst others. The electrical company and Ben Glaser's vision of the future of electronics spurned the formation of Digicon Electronics in Bristol, a small company specialising in the industrial application of digital electronics.
Hi all, im looking for help, my dad recently past away, David Goddard he was born in Tremorfa 1934. he lived in the street lookin onto the airport dad always told us about a time when he was young how he got into touble for riding his motorbike down the runway when a plane was coming into land and had a fine for it. it made the local paper, dont have much info to go on, his family at the time were never aloud to talk about it. so they dont remember much. It was between 1947 to 1953 iv'e tired to find it with no luck was hoping anyone on here would have knowledge of it, much appricate it for anyones help....thank you for reading.
Used to live in craigmuir road and when I was about 6 in 1962 I can still remember climbing over derelict dakotas all stripped out.
3 videos added to the members section, Let me know what you think took a long time to find
started a group on facebook about pengam click on the facebook logo to take you to the group page
Video Added to members section
hi mat can u post a link to your website for me to have a look thanx.
The photo's should be working if you are having trouble viewing them there is a link to the full album on the main photo page hope this helps.
can you tell me what happens when you go to view photos as they are working for me.
Hi Paul - site is looking good. Hope this is okay with you - I've used a piece of your history page for my website (it's credited of course). Hope you get the photos back online soon. Maybe a non-flash alternative will work better?
Hi perry just added a link to the full photo album in the pengam photos section let me know if this helps
Hi Perry sorry to hear you are having trouble viewing the images you could try and upgrade your flash player at the following link http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/?promoid=BUIGP
If that dont work i can email you the link to the direct photo album.
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your email.
Hope it works for you
Hiya, I'm very interested in the old airport, although I cannot view any of the photos.
Hi John thank you for your comment, Western Airways had a fleet of
DH84 Dragons And DH89 Dragon Rapides which were used to fly from Western to Cardiff. There is a book called Cardiff Airfields by Ivor Jones which has lots of information in. This book has helped me loads as i am only 27 and didnt know anything about pengam.
Thanks to the site builder - enjoable info. I am trying to find out what aircraft Western used to fly to Weston Super Mare. I never realised how much passenger flying there was before the war (I am only 62). Could we be excused email@example.com?
Hi thank you for your comment, the lack of infomation about pengam is what made me do this website.
I have been looking for info on this subject for quite a while but not found much, glad you made this site,I will try to add info for you if I find some, I used to play on the remainder of the runway in the late 70's early 80's, we used to rides our bikes up and down it!
Hi thanx for joining the site and for your message glad the site has brought back some fond memories for you,
if you have any stories to share please feel free to add them to the forum.
I'm new to the site but it has already brought back many memories as I lived in Tremorfa from 1938 until 1953. (Merdith Road and later Clydesmuir Road) I clearly remember the RAF fighter planes as well as the commercial post war aircraft. We used to go into the airport ona Sunday in the early 50's and see the planes which was very exciting.
Just found out there was a problem with contact box not sending messages, if you sent me a message and didnt get reply please try again it is now fixed
War Time history page now online
New contact info added
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I should have added that this looks to be a most useful site,but it was not here some months ago when i was searching for Pengam Moor!
I have no connection with Pengam Moor but am interested in airports generally.
I would like to know if anyone has any information regarding the fire service,fire vehicles or fire stations at Pengam,including the fire training school.
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