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Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

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Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby Vulcanone » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:58 am

Morning all,

With all the current rumbling about future bases closing, it got me thinking about the ones that we have already closed in the last 20-25 years, the most obvious was my former local Binbrook, which is now farmland :'(

But I thought over the weekend what has become of the others?

Finningley, Now an Airport
Abingdon, Army
Coltishall, Partly a prison
St. Mawgan, Now an Airport
Chivenor, Royal Marines base (airfield used by Sea Kings)
Brawdy, Army
Church Fenton, abandoned apart from a UAS unit
Wattisham, Army
Bruggen, (Army)?
Laarbruch, Now an Airport
Wildenrath Now the Siemens train test track!!
Gutersloh (Army)?

At the same time I wondered about the fate of the ex USAF bases,

Alconbury, Freight depot
Upper Heyford, (Test track and Storage)
Hahn, Now an Airport

What are Bitburg Zweibrucken and others now used for, any ideas/additions?
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby wokka » Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:24 am

Greenham Common, now a green common! Still has the control tower, but the runways although visible are just common land with grazing. Recently the bunkers have come up for sale as commercial storage. The whole area is now a thriving nature reserve.
just googled it and found this:
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby garethbrum » Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:32 am

Aren't there offices / industrial units at Binbrook too? PlanesTV's address is Binbrook Airfield............

Bitburg AFB is Bitburg Airport and has been since the mid 90s I think. Zweibrucken is also an airport and an industrial estate.
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby Vulcanone » Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:03 pm

Gareth,

I haven't been on Binbrook since 1997, when i went to a Lightning association rally. I guess the communal areas are still there, and in use, but it was pretty depressing when you looked at some buildings that had been vandalised :@

I was thinking more about the flying side of the bases which in this case it has been lost forever :'(

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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby John Cooper » Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:33 pm

RAF Sutton Heath Woodbridge [ex USAF] is now Army

RAF Bentwaters [ex USAF] now a mix of industries but the airfield id still usuable [eg Grace Spitfire]

RAF Martlesham Heath [closed in the 60s] now totally built on as a housing development

RAF Nacton/Ipswich Airport [closed in the 90s] now totally built on
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby Sparts99 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:59 pm

Isn't West Raynham a race track now ? And BT have got a lot of R&D facilities on the Martelsham Heath site. Holmelsy South in the New Forest is now a Forestry Commission campsite, you can see the airfield layout still but no buildings remain at all.
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby 350biker » Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:24 pm

With regard to Church Fenton I don't think you would call it abandoned if you had to call up Fenton Radar for a MATZ penetration in a PA28 Cherokee! It gets pretty busy sometimes.
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby RJ79 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:25 pm

An aggregates site has set up on West Raynham now (by the looks of it), half the runway has been dug up and it wouldn't surprise if the taxiways on the far side of the field have gone/are going as well. As for the rest of it, it seems to be a mixture of storage and nothing. Oh there are some sheep on the grassed areas too! RAF Watton is now a mixture of housing and 611VGS uses the runway. The runway section is up for sale so I would think when things pick up that will go for housing too.
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby headset 57 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:04 pm

although not an airfield, LATCC / RAF West Drayton is well into being demolished, i lived on a new etstae on the old officers site and they knocked down the reception last week, RAF Uxbridge is being sold off too

http://www.inlandplc.com/portfolio/westdrayton.aspx

now Drayton Gdn village

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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby MacksAviation » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:15 pm

John Cooper wrote:RAF Martlesham Heath [closed in the 60s] now totally built on as a housing development



And BT research establishment !
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby viper3111 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:22 pm

Waterbeach is home to the Royal engineers if any one was interested :unsure:

RAF Mepal, once home to stirlings and the the Thor missiles is now Industry and agriculture

Newmarket heath were there was also stirlings is mostly gone but there is still a hangar left which I believe is used for storage

Bottisham is now the A-14 with housing estates, but there is some of it left like the gym/canteen and part still on the main airfield on the old new market road with the old ammo storage on the road to quy but you will have to look hard for it :ninja:

Ely RAF hospital is still there and is where my doctors is, so Ive sadly been spending more time than I would like up there but its given me a chance to have a mooch round the old place :thumb:
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby NAM Updater » Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:29 pm

RAF Winthorpe - 'White Goods' Logistics Centre; Housing; Agricultural Showground; Indoor Bowls; Go-Karting ...

....oh I almost forgot Aviation Museum! :halo:
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby davedubya » Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:53 pm

RAF Wethersfield - still largely intact and used for all sorts of things:

- MOD Plod Training School and
- MOD Firearms Training Wing
- 614 Air Cadet gliding school
- fire investigation training

I'm told there's also an emergency large-scale temporary mortuary over there...for when avian flu finally kicks in properly.
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby 698 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:26 pm

cosmosboy wrote:RAF Wethersfield - still largely intact and used for all sorts of things:

I'm told there's also an emergency large-scale temporary mortuary over there...for when avian flu finally kicks in properly.


Correct, but more in line for a major falling from the sky at Stansted than anything else I'm told.

I'll stick to jet/missile era onwards.

Off the top of my head.

RAF Stansted now UMM ?? :whistle:
RAF North Weald Industry, "leisure", Flying ( :clap: )
RAF Debden Army Carver Barracks
RAF Stradishall Prison
RAF Watton Houses
RAF Horsham St Faith Norwich Airport
RAF Shepherds Grove Mostly Industry
RAF Honington RAF Regiment
RAF Barnham Ok not flying but stored WMD :cool: Industry
RAF Upwood USAF but now ????
RAF Duxford erm ?? difficult that one :roll:
RAF Feltwell USAF Ex Thor
RAF Andrewsfield Flying club but in line for 40,000 houses if the landowners get their way.
RAF Ridgewell Ok, probably no jets but the USAF had storage facilities there until the early 90's
RAF Rattlesden Agriculture (once bloodhound)
RAF Bassingbourne Army
RAF Chelveston It was up for sale last I heard ?

I need a cup of tea now :roll:

Does bring home a bit what has happened to air power in this country over the years, and all this in my part of East Anglia (ish)
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby viper3111 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:31 pm

I almost forgot the elephant cage at RAF chicksands, now that was a sight to see that thing :O

Still in use by the DISC
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby 22A » Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:40 pm

Vulcanone wrote:Gareth,
I haven't been on Binbrook since 1997, when i went to a Lightning association rally. I guess the communal areas are still there, and in use, but it was pretty depressing when you looked at some buildings that had been vandalised :@
I was thinking more about the flying side of the bases which in this case it has been lost forever :'(
Tim S

Until August there were some railway shunting engines stored at Binbrook. According to the official rail industry computer, the location for these locos was not RAF but MoD Binbrook. In August the engines were moved to Manby Airfield which suggests the land at Binbrook is needed.
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby neilscott » Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:42 pm

RAF Worksop is nothing more than farmland, Drove down the runway back in 1984 in my dads car, when he was teaching me to drive. :thumb:
Flown into Wildenrath on a forces charter from Gatwick I think back in 1975 my uncle was based there in the RAF and visited Coltishall as a youngster when he was there, :thumb:
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby 698 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:03 pm

viper3111 wrote:I almost forgot the elephant cage at RAF chicksands, now that was a sight to see that thing :O

Still in use by the DISC


Ahh. !

Can we include radio sites ??

I can add a few more

RAF Bampton Castle unknown
RAF Edesborough unknown
RAF Chelveston (again)
RAF Warboys transmitter site disused/derelict
RAF Old Hurst receiver site (with above) disused/derelict
RAF Mere Branston disused
RAF Normandby (V force) unknown
RAF Greatworth unknown
RAF Croughton USAF
RAF Barford St John USAF

Another edit.
Just looked on google maps and the Normandby site still has the gate and fence around it , and it looks like it may still have some masts up ?? not sure.
And of course RAF Warboys was Bloodhound and now has farming and industry, as far as I know.

And RAF Digby RAF Aerial Erector School plus just a little bit more :ninja:
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby beefsteak » Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:16 pm

RAF Woodall Spa is now being excavated for agregates but gradually is being returned to nature and a golf course; although there is a small area still in use (As RAF Woodall Spa) for engine modification
RAF Swinderby is next for the same treatment by the same company
RAF Newton is derelict, amidst rumours of it being turned into an asylum seakers holding base.
RAF Metheringham is farm land
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Re: Ex RAF Airfields and the current users

Postby roughcutter » Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:19 pm

RAF Burtonwood, erased! Well the runway is underneath the M-62. :(
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