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Report - RAF Barkway Mast, Barkway, Herts - Nov 2013

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  1. Storm

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    RAF Barkway Mast​


    Royal Air Force Station Barkway or RAF Barkway was one the smallest RAF stations in the UK. It was a Communications Station
    and was a small collection of buildings and a large radio mast. It was originally opened as a monitor station on 22 June 1942 for
    the Gee (navigation) network in the Eastern area, this system was developed by the USA Air Force into the LORAN system, which
    was used to improve aircraft navigation, until GPS made it obsolete. The mast is 348 feet/106 metres tall.

    The site was used by the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE). It was part of communications network linking:

    RAF Chicksands RAF Molesworth
    RAF Mildenhall RAF Alconbury
    RAF Lakenheath RAF Croughton
    RAF Feltwell

    In the cold war years the mast also formed part of the NATO/USAF/RAF early warning network.
    In September 2008 the station was broken into by a BASE jumper who climbed the mast and then
    jumped off and deployed his parachute.

    The site was sold in early 2011 as surplus to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) requirements, the mast
    is now being used to supply the local area with broadband services.

    After seeing SS report, I though I'd give it a go.

    On with the pics....


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    Thanks for looking.
     

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