Biggin Hill Airport (BQH) is a historic piece of South East London, in the city of Bromley. BQH sits approximately 50 mins from central London. This airport was first opened during World War 1 by the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), which a small enclave on the airport still retains that designation. After World War 1, a few years went by where the airport grounds had reconstruction work taking place from 1929 to 1932.
Then, Biggin Hill became a principal fighter base protecting London and South East England from German bombers during the Battle of Britain. This year, the airport celebrated its 100th anniversary as a well structured piece of history. Today, it has now transformed into a London business getaway and is also one of the busiest, most dedicated airports in Europe. Biggin Hill sits just 12 miles from London's Financial Centre and the heart of London.
The airport is mainly used for civilian flights, corporate shuttles, and business aviation. There are not, however, scheduled flights at BQH due to a ban that was set in place in 2001. The London Borough of Bromley has common ownership of the airport, which led them to succeed an action in the Court of Appeal. The courts verdict prohibits the operators of the airport from selling tickets for flights that travel in and out. This action helps prevent the use of scheduled and holiday flights, which in turn makes more time for business and corporate shuttles.
Despite the ban though, Biggin Hill is used for a large number of upscale business flights by business jets. On the western boundary of BQH, to the south of the passenger terminal, there is a headquarters of 2427 Squadron of the (ATC) Air Training Corps. Right next door to that, is St. George's Chapel of Remembrance. This brick chapel was built in 1951, to replace a different chapel that had previously burnt down. The chapel now serves as a memorial to all the aircrew who had lost their lives flying from the Biggin Hill Sector. BQH has not only managed to make its way into American history but it has also found its way into pop culture as well.
Have you ever heard of Pink Floyd? Well, a taxiway, from the iconic airport, appears on the back cover of Pink Floyd's 1969 album Ummagumma. Have you ever seen or heard of The Da Vinci Code? In 2006, the airport was used in the film. In 2005, a British television series called Space Cadets, used the airport in the filming as well.