G-ACVD crashed on approach to Croydon on February 26, 1938 as it was being prepared for delivery to Australia for aerial survey work. As a consequence it never officially became VH-UZX. Over two years were to pass before its UK registration was finally cancelled. Photo from: National Library of Australia
This Heron is the former G-ANUO, which was last operated by Topflight and Avtech in the 1980s and 1990s. Its registration was cancelled from the register on 8 Aug 1996, and a few months later, in Nov 1996, it was placed on display as seen here, in front of the former Croydon Airport's terminal building. It is falsely painted as G-AOXL of Morton Air Services, the last aircraft to make a passenger flight from Croydon Airport on 30 Oct 1959. By mid 2019 the aircraft was still on display here in much the same condition.
The circa 1930 hangar at Croydon used by Olley Air Service in the early 1950s to overhaul many ex RAF Tiger Moths and Proctors for resale. DE631 coded '18' is second from the left and was allocated G-ANJX but was damaged during storage and was scrapped. Also visible are Airspeed Consul G-AIOS and Miles Gemini G-AMGF to its left.
KLM's first own aircraft were F.IIs H-NABC and H-NABD. They were also the first planes in the Dutch register, both inscribed on 13 September 1920. The photo is thought to have been taken at Croydon in 1920. Photo from: San Diego Air & Space Museum