Aircraft firms look to breathe new life into former control tower

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LIGHT aircraft firms are looking to move into a former control tower on a now-disused Ryedale airfield.

Under proposals which have been drawn up for the building at Wombleton Airfield, near Pickering – which was a training base during the Second World War - the tower would be turned into offices for its owners, Swift Aircraft Ltd.

It would house design, sales and administration staff for its owners, Swift Aircraft Ltd, and other connected firms, as well as spare parts for Kirkbymoorside-based light-aircraft manufacturer Europa Aircraft. Swift bought the 70-year-old airfield, in Moorfields Lane, in July and has said it wants to preserve the site by investing in its runways and hangars as well as the control tower.

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