From the buildings to the runway or the thrilling air shows and the planes and people that came to Hatfield for them – they all have a story to tell. Some of the buildings have survived, while roads in Hatfield have been named after people who didn't. Below are just a few of these stories and reminders of Hatfield's and aviation's glory days (in alphabetical order).
Hatfield was once one of the most important sites in British aviation. Today only a few traces remain.
The 146 Hangar was the last to be built at Hatfield and was used for the final assembly of British Aerospace 146 Whisper Jets. As hangars go this one had a thoroughbreed pedigree. Sadly, now only photos and memories remain.
The first flight over Britain was made by an American Wild West showman. The first over Hatfield was by an Englishman who was part Maori.
The Flight Test Hangar is the only remaining hangar at Hatfield, and is the largest surviving building relating to the town's aviation heritage. When it was built in the 1950s it was the world's largest aluminium structure.
Photographs of the de Havilland admin block, factory and the Technical School taken in the Fifties and Sixties (strictly speaking the de Havilland Aeronautical Technical School would have moved to Astwick Manor) are featured in the Francis Frith collection section.
Questions and answers about The Great Escape, including a glossary and list of books and films.
Opened in late 2010, this heritage Lottery funded project offers a structured way of taking a look at what was one of the most important sites in aviation history.
Reminders of Hatfield's aviation glory days can be found in the names of some of the roads on the old airfield site.
Ground-breaking new aircraft required facilities capable of withstanding the forces unleashed by jet propulsion. The runway at Hatfield was technically revolutionary in its own right.
The oldest building associated with the de Havilland Aircraft Company isn't in Hatfield – but it was once upon a time.
More information on key events can be found in the Claims to Fame section.