Archive: Mix of new and old at RAF Halton

Comet lands at RAF Halton in June 1959, pictured with Bill Durrell and his horse Katie
Comet lands at RAF Halton in June 1959, pictured with Bill Durrell and his horse Katie

An unusual combination – what in its day was one of the most modern aircraft, the Comet, and one of the oldest forms of transportation, the horse and cart.

They came together in June 1959 when the plane landed at RAF Halton and among those there to watch was Mr Bill Durrell, known simply as ‘Uncle’ and carthorse Katie.

Mr Durrell and Katie worked at Halton – Katie was believed to be the only working horse in the service of the Air Ministry!