Woodford Aerodrome

Woodford Aerodrome
Woodford Aerodrome
Manchester Woodford Aerodrome
Airport type Private
Operator BAE Systems
Location Woodford, Greater Manchester
Elevation AMSL 295 ft / 90 m
Coordinates 53°20′17″N 002°08′56″W / 53.33806°N 2.14889°W / 53.33806; -2.14889Coordinates: 53°20′17″N 002°08′56″W / 53.33806°N 2.14889°W / 53.33806; -2.14889
EGCD is located in Greater Manchester
Location in Greater Manchester
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,292 7,520 Asphalt
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]

Woodford Aerodrome or Manchester Woodford Aerodrome (ICAO: EGCD) is a former airfield located at Woodford, Greater Manchester. It is 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) north of Macclesfield, Cheshire, England.

Woodford is owned and was operated by BAE Systems. In late 2010 the Woodford-built BAE Nimrod MRA4 project was cancelled.

Woodford Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P493) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (BAE Systems PLC).[2]

BAE Systems Woodford was due to close in 2012 when its Nimrod Project was to be completed. It was also previously believed that some jobs would be transferred to BAE Systems' Military Air Solutions headquarters in Preston, Lancashire.[3][4][5][6][7][8] However, following the cancellation of aircraft orders in the British Government's Strategic Defence and Security Review, the site closed as an active airfield on 25 August 2011.[9]


The aerodrome first came into use in 1924, when the Avro company moved from Alexandra Park Aerodrome in south Manchester. The aerodrome, originally having a small grass area, but later much extended, was home to Avro, Hawker-Siddeley, and later BAE Systems.

Many aircraft types were built at Woodford including:


Plans to convert part of the site to films studios with adjacent office space and an hotel were announced in October 2011.[10]


  1. ^ Manchester Woodford - EGCD
  2. ^ Civil Aviation Authority Aerodrome Ordinary Licences
  3. ^ http://www.crainsmanchesterbusiness.co.uk/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080714/FREE/360407340/1166/-/-/bae-systems-chief-exec-turner-skills-at-woodford-must-be-saved
  4. ^ Ruddick, Graham (15 September 2009). "BAe Systems to cut 1,116 jobs and close Cheshire site". The Daily Telegraph (London). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/6192540/BAe-Systems-to-cut-1116-jobs-and-Cheshire-close-site.html. 
  5. ^ "BAE Systems plans 1,116 job cuts". BBC News. 15 September 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8256404.stm. 
  6. ^ "Resignation to BAE factory news". BBC News. 16 September 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/8257274.stm. 
  7. ^ Press Association (15 September 2009). "BAE to axe 1,100 jobs and close site". guardian.co.uk (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/sep/15/bae-job-cuts-woodford-closure. 
  8. ^ "Jobs blow as BAE plant to close". Manchester Evening News. 15 September 2009. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1136849_jobs_blow_as_bae_plant_to_close. 
  9. ^ "BAE Woodford site closing a year early". Manchester Evening News. 15 December 2010. http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1393066_bae_woodford_site_closing_a_year_early. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Woodford Studios set to "revolutionise" North West film industry". How-Do. 11 October2011. http://www.how-do.co.uk/north-west-media-news/north-west-broadcasting/woodford-studios-set-to-“revolutionise”-north-west-film-industry-20111011100955637. Retrieved 11 October2011. 

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