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Croydon Airport Airfield Identification Sign

In the 1920’s and 30’s, pilots navigated visually by map reading and following geographical ground features such as roads and railway lines. Railway stations had the station name painted in large letters on the roof to help pilots plot their position. The principle was also applied to aerodromes. “CROYDON” was painted in large letters on the airfield to confirm to pilots that they had arrived at (hopefully) their correct destination.