Fascinating pictures show London Stansted Airport through the years

London Stansted Airport began life as an airbase in 1943, became an international airport serving over 25million people a year and by 2024 will have state-of-the-art terminals thanks to a £600million upgrade.

And these incredible pictures show the entire transformation.

One of the earliest images shows a pair of US Air Force B-26 Marauders preparing to take off from Stansted during the Second World War. 

While pictures taken during the 1960s and 70s show how the hub welcomed in the jet age and thousands in 1983 swarming around the space shuttle Enterprise, which visited on the back of a 747.

In 1991, the airport received a r....

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