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Report - RAF Church Fenton - Leeds - March 2016

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Hector Rex, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. Hector Rex

    Hector Rex 28DL Regular User
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    Quick Solo explore the other afternoon in some Beautiful Light

    Its been way too longs since I last got out!

    Bit of History ​

    Opened in April 1937 the station Saw Service through the Second World through to 2013 although many of the building seemed to have been empty for longer than three years. The airfield itself is now open as a private airport leaving the barrack blocks and associated facilities empty and surplus to requirements.
    During September 1940 it became home to the first RAF Eagle Squadron of American volunteers being No 71 Squadron RAF initially with the Brewster Buffalo 1 for one month before changing to the Hawker Hurricane I. The airfield was also home to both the first all-Canadian and all-Polish squadrons, with No. 242 Squadron RAF for the Canadians and No. 306 Squadron RAF for the Polish.

    As technologies evolved, the first night fight Operational Training Unit was formed at Church Fenton in 1940 and stayed until 1942.

    After the war it at first retained its role as a fighter base, being among the first to receive modern jet aircraft. In later years, its role was mainly flight training. No. 7 Flying Training School was based here between 1962 and 1966 and again between 1979 and 1992, equipped with Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost T3 trainers.

    On 25 March 2013 it was announced that Church Fenton would close by the end of 2013. The units would be relocated to RAF Linton on Ouse by 31 December 2013. By 19 December 2013, all units had relocated and the airfield was closed. Some equipment will be relocated to RAF Topcliffe. MoD security continued to secure the site until disposal.

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    Hope you Like the snaps. All are take on a Canon 5D mk3, Samyang 14mm Ultra wide and Sigma 35mm F1.4 art.

    Any feedback welcome! Hope you like the pics!

    Over and out,

    HR
     

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  2. Bolts

    Bolts 28DL Regular User
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    Some of the best pics I've seen of this place, good job
     
  3. The Wombat

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    wow, I can tell you are Full Frame; These pictures are stunning
    Looks a fab place
     
  4. ZerO81

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    Very nicely shot indeed, I do like this place.
     
  5. Andythetyreman

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    I remember going there to watch the air displays when I was a kid in the 70's and 80's.
     
  6. dave

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    Cracking set of pics as good as ive seen from here too.
     
  7. drhowser

    drhowser Bespectacled & irrelevant
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    That shuttered bar is ace.
     
  8. judefire66uk

    judefire66uk 28DL Full Member
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    Its so nice to see great photos of places that haven't been trashed by twatty kids - the wonder is seeing nature take places back. Thanks for the photos. x
     
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  9. WhoDaresWins

    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    Nice shots dude, very nice.
     
  10. Dempsey

    Dempsey The Human Turbine.
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    No gennys!
     
  11. captainweird

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    Love the evening light

    Phil
     
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