Aircraft No 2 Storage Depot
A boost for the site came in 1932 when the Air Ministry decided to make use of the huge storage space available in both sheds by using them to store aircraft. This unit was known as the No2 Aircraft Storage Depot and housed hundreds of aircraft and was manned with personnel from RAF Henlow who were bussed in daily.
However in July 1934 it was decided that the unit should be run by civilians which would have provided work for local people certainly the numbers of residents in Shortstown did not fall dramatically following the R101 crash as would have been expected we just see a new set of names apppearing when the airship families moved on. The Aircraft Storage Unit was eventually moved to Brize Norton in 1938 by which time the sheds were put to other uses with the onset of WW2.