British Airways operated a training facility at Cranebank beside London Heathrow airport for many years. Training was moved out of the facility several years ago, and the discovery of asbestos meant that it was considered too costly to redevelop.

Many things inside that were deemed of no value were left in situ, which included a flight simulator, cabin trainers and more. In the years since, the building and contents has deteriorated markedly and this video will show it all.

Cranebank Today

The Bearded Explorer on YouTube is an urban explorer who checks out abandoned buildings. His exploits are filmed and posted on the video sharing site for all to enjoy.

An illicit visit to the old British Airways Cranebank facility is the latest one. The video below runs for about half an hour, and it is extremely interesting to watch – or at least skip through to the good bits.

There is an entire Boeing 737-400 simulator remaining, as well as cabin trainers for aircraft such as the Boeing 747. You can see plenty of mold filled leaking classrooms, all complete with furnishings, plus passenger seats and more.

A group from the travelling community apparently gained access at some stage and stripped out all the valuable copper wiring. You can see evidence of that everywhere, especially in the sim.

Overall Thoughts

It is remarkable how the facility has deteriorated in what is really a short period of time. What with the ransacking of the wire, broken windows and general disrepair, perhaps that is not too surprising.

Quite frankly I would have thought something as valuable as a simulator would have been sold on or donated to an airline that still operated the Boeing 737-400, rather than being left there. They are priced in the millions new, and you’d think it would have value now.

I will be curious to see how long it is until it is knocked down and becomes something else. As it’s already been sitting for years, who knows when that will happen.

Have you ever visited Cranebank or been trained there? What do you think of the video? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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