Picture gallery: Runway celebrates 80 years
Over the last 80 years, Stansted Airport has transformed from a US Air Force base to a major international airport.
George Washington Field, as it was known then, officially opened in 1943 and played a significant role in the war effort.
Fast forward to today, it is now home to many leading airlines, including Ryanair, Jet2.com and Emirates which fly to more than 200 destinations in Europe and the Middle East.
Here are some of the photographs from our rich and diverse history.