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Report - RAF Folkingham - sep 15

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

  1. ledgehammer

    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    We missed this on our lincs tour, so seemed a good idea to pick it up.

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    Royal Air Force Station Folkingham or RAF Folkingham is a former Royal Air Force station located south west of Folkingham, Lincolnshire and about 29 miles (47 km) due south of county town Lincoln and 112 miles (180 km) north of London, England.

    Opened in 1940, it was used by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces. During the war it was used primarily as a troop carrier airfield for airborne units and as a subsidiary training depot of the newly formed Royal Air Force Regiment. After the war it was placed on care and maintenance during 1947 when the RAF Regiment relocated to RAF Catterick.

    During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the RAF Bomber Command used Folkingham as a PGM-17 Thor Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) base.
    Today the remains of the airfield are located on private property being used as agricultural fields, with the main north-south runway acting as hardstanding for hundreds of scrapped vehicles.

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    We spent our light on a fail which to be fair would have been too good to be true, so we had cracking sunlight for this one, but we knew it would be special from the photos, but until you are there its hard to describe the bizarre collection of vehicles, genres and charactor...



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    amazing site, we spent a lot of time and photos...

    we then shuttled down to RAF Upwood, for the most entertaining game of cat and ouse with a guy in a van, eventually out of politeness and the dogs he had, we agreed to come back on a weekday, as they train dogs at weekends (apparently). We had enough of the site to be able to infiltrate it much better next time as we would be in the area again.

    We were off to Leicestershire, for an overdue morgue and a wildcard option I knew nothing about....
     
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    I'd love to visit this, get weak knees over military stuff!

    Also anyone else think the vehicles in this remind you of Fallout 3 ones plotted over the game? No...? Just me then!
     
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    cheers, I'd go along with that...
     
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    Good report this, captured some of them vehicles really well. Good to see my D is still there. Take it you didn't get a visit from the delightful owner Mr Green, now thats one angry man
     
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    While there is some military stuff on site, a WW2 DUKW, an Antar MkII and a Bedford RL Recovery Vehicle to mention just a few, most of the vehicles are industrial or agricultural plant originally used for spares recovery by Nelson M Green and Sons of Kirkby Underwood, Bourne

    For more of their more modern Second Hand Machines - http://www.nelsongreen.com/
     
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    turned up as we were leaving, seemed more concerned about a part of the site we didn't bother going to, but then some of it is still is in use - well sort of ;-)

    another example of what could generate very easily some small admittance fees, spark historic interest and fund something worthwhile... oh well, better let it rot for the urbexers... * Im not complaining ;-)
     
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