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Report - Predannack Airfield - Cornwall - August 2014

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by theviewfinder, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. theviewfinder

    theviewfinder 28DL Full Member
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    This was just a nice quiet clifftop walk somewhere in Cornwall, when suddenly we saw something very interesting. No, we didn't see big 'no entry' sign, neither we climbed over wooden gate, then over electric fence (and got hit by it) and we didn't hide from helicopters flying above us :-) It was just a peaceful monday walk on the cliffs.
    Anyway... special thanx goes to dramatic clouds, that made it look better !



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    Predannack Airfield is situated near Mullion on Cornwall's Lizard Peninsula in the United Kingdom. The runways are operated by the Royal Navy and today it is used as a satellite airfield and relief landing ground for nearby RNAS Culdrose.

    World War II

    Building work began for an RAF advanced night fighter base to protect the nearby ports of Falmouth and Penzance during 1940 and RAF Predannack Down opened in 1941 as part of Portreath Sector. It later transferred to RAF Coastal Command until it went into care and maintenance on 1 Jun 1946. During the Second World War Coastal Command squadrons flew anti-submarine sorties into the Bay of Biscay as well as convoy support in the western English Channel using aircraft such as Bristol Beaufighters and De Havilland Mosquitoes.

    Postwar uses
    Royal Navy

    After a short period of experimental use by Vickers under the supervision of Barnes Wallis around 1951, the base was taken over by the Royal Navy on 15 Dec 1958.

    The airfield was allocated the ICAO code EGDO but this fell out of use as it became a satellite airfield for nearby RNAS Culdrose, to handle intensive helicopter operations and as a relief landing ground. There is also a small arms range on the site and the RN Fire Fighting School moved here in 1971.

    Current use

    It is also home to RAF 626 Volunteer Gliding Squadron unit and the Royal Naval School of Fire Fighting, which holds a number of dummy aircraft for fire extinguishing practice, together with a number of retired airframes for personnel rescue practice. The runway is also used by "Goonhilly Model Flying Club" (with MOD permission) and hobby model flying has been carried out on the field since the 1950s.

    The site is currently in use by international disaster relief agency Shelterbox as part of their Academy for Disaster Relief.

    Scientific interest

    Situated on the western side of the spectacular Lizard Peninsula, parts of the base away from the operational areas are within a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its combination of botanical (orchids), zoological (butterflies & snakes) and geological (bastite & serpentinite) uniqueness.


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  2. Will Knot

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    Certainly like the look of those, very nice pics and great report.....thanks for sharin' :thumb
     
  3. host

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    Nice report, not seen this place in a while...
     
  4. green godess

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    A lovely set of photos from you, extremely well done. My thankful compliments for sharing these with the group.

    Sadly, such a dreadful shame to see a SeaKing in such a demise before its fianl termination; what a wonderful and faithful helicopter this was. When I see such pictures, I stop to think - just how many lives did that chopper save?? And of course they still continue to do so, bless them all and those that fly them !!

    My kind regards to you from

    G. G.
     
  5. A man called Martyn

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    If the Sea King in the pictures has the serial number XZ570 or A2672/A2686 on the airframe. Then good news that chopper most likely didn't rescue anyone. As it served with the A&AEE Boscombe Down and later RAE Bedford. No operational squadron service to speak of for that Sea King. It was just used for research.
     
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  6. Idle Hands

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    Looks interesting - nice pictures too! Cheers for posting :thumb
     
  7. tadworth

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    What's the plane ? Is it one of the V bombers ?
     
  8. Cuuvin

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    Looks Like a English Electric Canberra

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    that be my guess . . . :rolleyes:
     
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  9. Ordnance

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    My take on it is, that as a training airframe it continues to 'save lives' as the rescue ground crews need to practice their trade.
     
  10. WhoDaresWins

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    Certainly not one of the V bombers, they were huge. It's an English Electric Canberra.
     
  11. Lexib83

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    I love this place...its like stumbling across a crash scene... Great photos!
     
  12. Ordnance

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    It is indeed XZ570 and its work as a development airframe was just as important, as it is now as a training airframe as a time expired airframe;

    Sea King c/n 838 Register XZ570 HAS.5+ ff 18 Jun 1976, dd 19 Jul 1976. First new build HAS.2, Westland Yeovil 1980 for conv to HAS.5, to A&AEE Boscombe Down by Jan 1982, to Westland Yeovil by Jan 1983, fitted for EH101 development work and conv to HAS.5(mod) by 1987, to DTEO Boscombe Down by 1996, to Westland Yeovil by 1997, to Westland Weston-super-Mare by Aug 1997, to Westland Yeovil by 1999 as Searchwater 2000 trials airframe, still 2001, stored Gosport by 2002 (as A2686) still Mar 2008, to G.I Predannack by 27 Dec 2008

    Aircraft Retired / Not available by 2001
     
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