FLIGHTDECK – THE AIRBAND SHOP
Originally traded as ‘Fairbotham & Co. Ltd.
I first came across the company when I purchased a Swinburne CR600 which had a Fairbotham sticker on the rear panel
58-62 Lower Hillgate, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 3AN
The earliest advertisement I can find is from the August 1981 Shortwave Magazine where Fairbotham & Co. Ltd. were advertising in the trade section, specialising in Sommerkamp (Yaesu radio’s in Europe)
Here’s a later advert from the December 1987 Shortwave Magazine using the Flightdeck name, but still trading as Fairbotham & Co. Ltd.
An image from inside the Hillgate store with the company owner David Fairbotham
192 Wilmslow Rd, Heald Green, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 3BH
Here are some images from the Wilmslow Rd store
On the road
Not only did David sell from his stores, but the company would often be seen at Airshows up and down the UK. Here’s a few images of their stalls
Here are some images from the books and catalogues available from Flightdeck
A video was produced which included David and Flightdeck – video is called Plane Spotting https://youtu.be/jAH7qf8sjNQ