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Aldergrove, Co. Antrim

Aldergrove [Irish: Na Fearnóga 'the Alder '] is a small Townland in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is within the townland of Seacash and parish of Killead – 6 miles south of Antrim and 18 miles west of Belfast. It is part of the Borough of Antrim.

The name Aldergrove is more commonly used to describe the major airfield to the north east of the village. Two long runways serve both the civil Belfast International Airport and the Joint Helicopter Command Flying Station .

The first jet aircraft to make a non-stop transatlantic flight flew from Aldergrove on 21 February 1951: An RAF English Electric Canberra B Mk 2 flown by Squadron Leader A Callard of the A&AEE flew to Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. The flight covered almost 1,800 nautical miles in four hours and 37 minutes. The aircraft was being flown to the United States to act as a pattern aircraft for the Martin B-57 Canberra.

Aldergrove railway station opened on 13 November 1871. See also[edit source | edit] List of villages in Northern Ireland List of places in County Antrim References[edit source | edit] ^ "Aldergrove". Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
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