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Northern Radar, RAF Lindholme - June 2014

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by Bent Nails, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. Bent Nails

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    Recently while travelling between Hatfield Woodhouse and Blaxton, I spotted a striking building to the west of the A614.

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    Set behind two rows of differing style fencing, I was intrigued and later discovered this was called Northern Radar, part of RAF Lindholme, a Joint Air Traffic Control Radar Unit (JATCRU), so decided a closer inspection was justified.

    According to the South Yorkshire Historic Environmental Characterisation website,

    Wikipedia states Northern Radar's role was
    Here is a photo from 1968 of the "operations room" - presumably the Tactical Control Centre.
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    And this is a diagram I found of how the radar building would have looked fully equipped:

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    In 1985 RAF Lindholme was sold and became HMP Lindholme. The main part of the prison is to the east of the main road - this area is on the other side. According to Wikipedia,

    Both buildings seem to be in good structural condition, and are very well sealed. The lawn is being mown and at time of visit a scrapheap had been built - looked like a bonfire pile on one of the the circular hardstandings.

    This radar building is known as a "Type 82 / Orange Yeoman".

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    This is the control centre
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    Over and out for now.
     
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    Damn good find that is. However it's only a lead until it's explored.
     
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    This I like
     
  4. Bent Nails

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    Thanks, yes challenging access to say the least.
     
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    Been keeping an eye on this for a while - there's obviously still some activity on site but can't work what they are doing.

    As the_c says it was well sealed last time I had a look.
     
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    Sorry to see the site like this. I was posted there straight from Air Traffic trade training in 1966, and stayed there until 1970. We were billeted at Lindholme, but always felt a bit apart, as Lindholme at the time flew Hastings and Varsities, had No 1 Gp Bomber Cmd bombing school, and was therefore Bomber Command, but for some reason Northern Radar was Fighter Command. Also, of course, the radar site was a good half mile away from the admin site.

    I was very interested, as I could well be in it, in the 1968 photograph of the Ops room, the bank of consoles to the left of the picture, including the double screen, was the Civilian section, controlling airways traffic, the lower banks were RAF. The screens to the right of the very bottom row controlled climb outs and let downs of the Lightnings at RAF Binbrook.

    When the huge area of green carpet in front of the display board was replaced, I was able to cadge some of it, to replace the worn carpet in my green Frog-eye Sprite..............

    Ah, happy days 50 years ago!
     
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  7. Bent Nails

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    Great to hear about your experience there, thanks!
     
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