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Report - RAF Church Fenton - Sep 15

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by ledgehammer, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. ledgehammer

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    site 2 in the state of decay three counties tour...

    RAF CHURCH FENTON:

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    Leeds East Airport Church Fenton (ICAO: EGXG), formerly known as RAF Church Fenton, is an airport and former Royal Air Force station located 4.3 miles (6.9 km) south east of Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England and 6.3 miles (10.1 km) north west of Selby North Yorkshire, near the village of Church Fenton

    Opened in 1937, it saw the peak of its activity during the years of the Second World War, when it served within the defence network of fighter bases of the RAFproviding protection for the Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Humberside industrial regions.

    During September 1940 it became home to the first RAF "Eagle squadron" of American volunteers being No. 71 Squadron RAFinitially with the Brewster Buffalo I 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.


    After the war it at first retained its role as a fighter base, being among the first to receive modern jet aircraft, namely the Gloster Meteor and the Hawker Hunter.[25] Between October 1950 and March 1957 it was the base of No. 609 Squadron RAF, within the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and named "North Riding". The unit was equipped with Gloster Meteors.
    Hunting Jet Provost of No. 7 Flying Training School which was based at Church Fenton 1962-1966 and 1979-1992
    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.

    For some years it was home to the Royal Navy Elementary Flying Training School (RNEFTS) using the Scottish Aviation Bulldog,[28] and again 1979-1992, triggered by the introduction of the Panavia Tornado, being the first station to receive the new turboprop-powered Short Tucano T.1 basic fast jet trainers. From 1998-2003 Church Fenton was the RAF's main Elementary Flying Training airfield.

    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. A NOTAM was issued suspending the air traffic zone (ATZ) at the end of 2013.

    Visit> decent mooch, overgrown site - interesting access. We love a good military site, even if they tend to be derpy...

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    Spot on.....another great report :thumb
     
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    Can we get this in non public please? Still in discussions with preservationists over that engine, don't want it getting trashed, I'll put a post out when we're sorted...

    @Ordnance @Oxygen Thief
     
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    Another belter, i early enjoyed it here. Did you get up the tower (water).
     
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    no we missed that (somehow), but the live part of the site was heaving with cadets or something so we stuck to the other part although I'm guessing the tower isn't in the live part...
     
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    That's a decent report that.. Looks good for a 'loser' haha :thumb
     
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    lol, had to be done ;-)
     
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    nice pics i liked it there
     
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  11. norfolkexplorer

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    Nicely done and don't mind the video either
     
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