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Report - Burtonwood Aerodrome!

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by bignickb, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. bignickb

    bignickb 28DL Regular User
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    These were one of the most prominent landmarks in the Northwest! If you were travelling down the M62 you could not help but marvel at them!
    At one time, USAF Burtonwood was one of the largest airports in europe. It was a large base that operated during WW2 to service the american airmen and their planes.
    They actually had grass grown on top to hide them from Russian satellites and there are pics around of men mowing them, I climbed up one and it was no picnic!
    If viewed on google earth, you can still see where the main runway was situated and how it crosses underneath where the M62 is.
    Well when I heard that they were being demolished I simply had to get down there! I got a team together and arrived early on a very foggy morning.
    When the fog rose it was a glorious day! Hangar 1A had a security cabin at one end but the most prominent 3 were clear.
    Their demolition was a sad day in NW history and I'm so glad I got there to photograph them after passing them by for over 10 years before they were lost forever.
    RIP!

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    Inside 1A.
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    The base of the old water tower.
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    Year 2000 Calender.
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    Looking down, that’s my bag and tripod – not a body!!!
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    Looking along the roof of hangar 6E.
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    My favourite pic of the explore – I climbed to the top and photographed this light mounting.
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    Meee!
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    Inside 1E! I could just fit my compact through a gap in the door and take some time exposure shots.
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    The old runway leading to the M62 and vanishing under it.
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