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Did you know that Gatwick used to be a racecourse? It opened in 1891, and continued as such until 1940, even running the Grand National from 1916 to 1918 (the 1918 race won by Lester Piggott’s grandfather by the way). Gatwick was first used for aviation in 1928 when one Avro 504 was kept there; the first scheduled flights were in 1934, serving Paris and Belfast. After much work during a near three year closure it opened as Gatwick Airport in June 1958.

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