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Ticket Office

The world's first passenger flight ticket office was built at Brooklands early in 1911. Supplied for the well-known London theatre booking agency, Messrs. Keith Prowse & Co., it was originally located in the AeroVillage on the Byfleet side of the Track. A telephone connected it with the company's London office and other branches.

According to 'Flight' magazine of 14th March 1911, anyone could book a short flight from this office for a price of two guineas, whereas four guineas bought a flight of three circuits around either Brooklands or Hendon aerodromes. For the more adventurous, a cross-country flight cost ten guineas.

It is unlikely that the ticket office was still used for its original purpose after 1914 but fortunately it has survived to the present day, having been a pilots' reporting office between the wars, and later used for storage by Vickers-Armstrongs.

Today, the Flight Ticket Office is a Grade 2 Listed Building and a ScheduledAncientMonument. In view of planned redevelopment nearby, the owners of the building, Trafalgar Brookmount Ltd, agreed that it should be dismantled and rebuilt on the Museum site - this task was completed in early 1989.

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