Time flies, and so do we
During World War II, Bankstown Airport was established as a key strategic air base to support the war effort. Today, Bankstown Airport is Sydney’s primary general aviation airport, serving charter and cargo flights for various carriers.
Here we have a look back at the milestones spanning Bankstown Airport’s growth over the years.
June – Bankstown acquired as airfield site for Defence. Site preparations begin
December – Formal establishment of Bankstown Royal Australian Air Force station. Bankstown was on of 125 airfields in NSW, and 1 of 23 in the NSW region.
January – First aircraft arrived for assembly (Avro Ansons)
March – first aircraft assembled and first two hangars completed.
September – First Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) trained at Bankstown
September – wo more hangar and other facilities erected
February – United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Headquarters Squadron and 7th Fighter Squadron 49th Pursuit Group arrive with their p-40 Kittyhawk Fighter aircraft. Bankstown quickly became known as “Yankstown”.
February – Establishment of Fighter Control Unit 1010 to co-ordinate fighter defence of Sydney.
April – USAAF 41th Fighter Squadron arrives with P-39 Airacobra Fighters
July – Re-establishment of RAAF 24th Squadron to defend Sydney
October – Completion of the American Hangar (building 114)
Construction of the de Havilland factory on the southern side of the airfield
Construction of the hospital
Continued development of the barracks accommodation area. These buildings were standard military barracks measuring 18.5m x 5.5m.
Construction of Hangars 131,271,272 and the Bellman Hangars 16 and 17
December – The first British Roayl Navy contingent reached Bankstown to establish Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Nabberley.
January – The Bankstown Bunker which was located to the north-east of the airfield (now the corner of Marion St and Edger Ave) was commissioned as headquarters for the Air Defence of Sydney
January – RAAF Bankstown was handed over to the British Royal Navy as HMS Nabberley
August – Victor in the Pacific (VP day) and HMS Nabberley was involved I the return of Prisoners of War from Japanese camps and the disposal of aircraft.
HMS Nabberley was closed and Bankstown was handed back to the RAAF
The Royal Aero Club arrived at Bankstown from Mascot
January – The de Havilland Drover flew for the first time at Bankstown
November – Bankstown Airport came under the control of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA)
January – the Bankstown Bunker ceased operations
June – the first flight of the de Havilland Vampire
2000 The Sydney Olympic Torch visited Bankstown Airport.
2000 Widening of the northern taxiway (now known as TWY A)
2001 Bankstown Airport Limited (BAL) and Camden Airport Limited (CAL) separated from Sydney Airport Corporation Limited (SACL)
2004 Bunnings was developed on Milperra Rd.
2006 Closure of RWY 18/36
2006 Construction of Nancy Ellis Leebold Dr and TOLL Priority building