Rock legends, film stars, astronauts, world-famous drag racers and plenty of planes – Blackbushe Airport has played host to them all.
First built in 1941, the airport was originally called RAF Hartfordbridge due to being on the area known as Hartfordbridge flats.
It consisted of three all-weather runways capable of taking the largest aircraft flying at the time, but its proximity to the A30 caused wartime security challenges in the early years.
Its first inhabitants, the Aero Airborne squadron from Farnborough, took up residence in August 1942.
The airfield was still being built at the time, although the runways were used for testing Horsa and Hotspur gliders.
By the end of the year, however, the work was complete and the airfield boasted three runways, 11 hangars and a large campsite. The A30 was closed, with traffic diverted through lanes via Minley.
Several more squadrons moved in during 1943 with Tomahawk, Spitfires, Venturas and Mustangs all frequenting the site. The airfield also became a diversion airfield for Bomber comm-and so Halifax, Lancaster, Fortress and Boston aircraft were also frequent sights.
By 1944 more than 3,000 airmen were based there and the airfield was renamed RAF Blackbushe, due to confusion over a similar area in Norfolk.
Two years later the RAF moved out and the airport was handed over to the Ministry of Civil Aviation – becoming Blackbushe Airport – while the A30 was reopened to traffic.
The first civilian flight took off in September 1945 – a Danish Airlines regular service to Copenhagen and Stockholm.
The first major air disaster to hit Blackbushe was on October 5 1945, when a Czechoslovakian Air Force Liberator took off for Prague with repatriated Czech civilians. Seconds after take-off the aircraft crashed, killing 23 on board.
Yet, over the next few years several civilian airlines moved in and, by 1950, flights had risen to 11,000 per year, with 16,000 passengers.
Over the next decade there was further expansion, with Air Contractors beginning a scheduled service to the Channel Islands, while Eagle Airways launched several routes to Europe.
Britavia and Airwork also brought in the Hermes air-liner, flying charters to Africa and Australia.
Blackbushe soon became a robust diversion airport for London Heathrow, and as a home for aircraft visiting the nearby Farnborough Air-show.
The facilities were constantly being upgraded with new buildings, runway extensions and new navigational aids and lighting, and by 1955 the airport was handling 36,000 movements a year.
BOAC launched operations with Comet airliners in the late-1950s, while other operators such as Pan Am were using Blackbushe regularly as a diversion from Heathrow. But due to the newly-built Gatwick Airport, the lease on the north east Hampshire airfield was not granted and the operators were forced to start using the West Sussex airport.
By 1960 Blackbushe Airport was closed and all the infrastructure, fixtures and fittings were auctioned off, while parts of the runways were dug up.
It remained closed until October 6 1962, when it was formally reopened as a general aviation airfield.
Blackbushe also held an important place in British drag racing history, being the scene of the legendary Dragfests that attracted many famous American racers.
It was a regular venue for the National Drag Racing Circuit from 1970 until 1984, when the site was sold for development.
From 1985 to last year, the airport was owned by British Car Auctions, who refurbished the terminal building and replaced the tower in 1992.
In 2008, the newly-formed Blink launched its European air-taxi service from Black-bushe to more than 600 destinations using a fleet of Cessna Citation Mustang aircraft, now a regular sight at the airport.
Last year the airport was sold to the investors who launched Blink, who plan to invest in its refurbishments.
But it has not just been planes that have been attra-cted to the site.
One of the biggest events in rock history took place at the airfield on July 15 1978, when more than 200,000 attended the Picnic at Blackbushe concert, which featured Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Band, Joan Armatrading, Graham Parker and The Rumour, Lake and Merger.
Elsewhere, in October 2012 Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin visited the airport to take part in a 10-day, non-stop, round- the-world flying mission in a flight simulator to raise money for the Aerobility charity.
In the same year, the site was also used to shoot scenes for the Ron Howard blockbuster Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt, while in September 2014, Kevin Costner and Ryan Reynolds shot scenes for the futuristic thriller Criminal.