Cardiff Airport began life as wartime satellite airfield RAF Rhoose, officially opening on 7 April 1942, and has grown to become one of the UK's major civil airports. Home of Cambrian Airways and used by a varied mix of international airlines, the airport has been continually upgraded since civilian flying began in 1952. Aircraft maintenance has always been a vital part of the airport's activity and BAMC is one of the largest buildings in South Wales and can accommodate four Boeing 747 `jumbo jets' at one time. It is not only aircraft that comprise this airport's lively history; many people have shaped it including workers, travellers and even rugby celebrities. The supporters' `air lifts' to and from matches are legendary.
2012 was the 70th anniversary of the first operations at this sleepy Vale of Glamorgan airfield. Little did those wartime pilots realise that one day their `satellite airfield' would resound to the sounds of Concorde, Jumbo Jets and every contemporary aircraft imaginable.
Geoff Jones was born and bred close to Rhoose Airport and later learned to fly there. Now running a civil engineering company in Guernsey, his family still lives close to the airport and he is a frequent visitor. Geoff regularly writes and provides photographs for aviation magazines around the world and has some 14 books to his name.