History

1895- Passenger Balloon takes off from Abby Park, Leicester

1909- Leicestershire Aero Club is formed

1916- Leicestershire Aero Club & the Imperial Air Command presented a BE 12 aircraft called “The City of Leicester” to the “Aircraft for the Dominions” initiative, this aircraft was sent to Canada.

 1929- After WWI Leicester Aero Club found and rented land in Desford and purchased their first aircraft, a De Havilland Gypsy Moth, christened “The Quorn”.

 1930– The club became a Limited Company.

1931- They bought land at Braunstone for an airport.

 1932- The Prince of Wales (later Duke of Windsor), landed at Desford for the first time and was promptly made a Life Member

 1935- Braunstone was licensed by the Air Ministry and the club moved in.

1939- August 31st all civil flying was banned as the war became inevitable.

1940- October the RAF requisitioned the airfield

1947- The club took residence in President Sir Lindsay Everard’s private airfield as the Braunstone land was not released from the RAF

1949- After the death of Sir Lindsay Everard, the club was forced to find new premises, they were allowed to use the abandoned Leicester East airfield to store their planes but it was not until 1951 that they signed a lease with the air ministry.

1958- The Queen and Prince Phillip flew into Leicester East, prompting the Leicester City Council to resurface the main runway.

1967– The flying school was set up by the Club where trainer pilots could earn their private pilots licence, (PPL),

 1971– The Leicestershire Aero Club was awarded the Lennox Boyd Trophy, for the Organisation which having achieved the most to further the cause of light civil aviation in this country.

 1974 -The airfields designation was changed to “Leicester Airport’’