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BBC historian hails “best World War One aerodrome in world”


International historian and broadcaster Dan Snow has hailed Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome as the best in the world.

The BBC One Show history presenter visited the unique site near Maldon, Essex, recently to view some of the newly-renovated buildings and visit the Royal Flying Corps Home Defence Museum.

After meeting volunteers and touring the site, Dan Snow said: “This is a wonderful site, its uniqueness cannot be understated. We need to do everything we can to support this amazing project, and I’m very glad to be part of it.

“I look forward to Stow Maries becoming the centre of WW1 aviation history in Europe. I will watch with interest and excitement as it continues to prosper, it really is the best WW1 aerodrome in the world.”

Mr Snow visited the site before attending a centenary fundraising dinner at Hylands House, Chelmsford, hosted by the Aerodrome.

The Aerodrome has the largest known surviving group of Royal Flying Corps buildings on a WWI air base. These buildings are now being restored one by one, by a vast army of volunteers, who are dedicated to returning it to its former 1918 glory.

Dan shared his experience with his thousands of online followers, first broadcasting on Periscope, then delivering a Facebook Live broadcast to viewers around the world.

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