Essendon Airport - c.1963

A fabulous and rare colour aerial photo of Melbourne's Essendon Airport taken in about 1963 looking south south-east.
The city skyline is almost indistinguishable on the horizon, in contrast to today's easily visible crop of tall buildings. The line of the old Bulla Rd, in the centre foreground, continues on the far side of the field down Mt Alexander Rd.

Runway 05/22 still exists, deliniated by white gable markers and a sealed section running through the runway intersection area. Click here to see a 1960 aerodrome layout chart. The antenna for the 40NM range Cossor radar can be seen in the foreground mounted on top of ANA's hangar.

The main RPT apron, enlarged below, is home to Viscounts, DC3s and F27s, whilst an Ansett-ANA Electra taxies in.


Click on the hot spots in the photos above for more information on certain features.

(Photos: Trevor O'Hehir/CAHS collection)

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