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Report - RAF High Ercall - Shropshire - July 2015

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Loocyloo, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. Loocyloo

    Loocyloo 28DL Regular User
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    History:
    it was built around 1939, closed (operationally) in 1965. At some point after that it was split up, the admin, 2 hangers and the accommodation section was turned into an industrial estate, some of the businesses there included a BRS transport training school and the RTITB (responsible for fork-lift truck training and certification). The runways were reclaimed as farmland.The remaining hangers are owned by a warehouse/ storage type company. It was then due to become The Angel Centre, basically accommodation rented to the government for asylum seekers. Local opposition was so strong this never happened.

    The visit:
    Visited with JdotN15 and Redhunter on a very wet, windy and hungover afternoon, we set off. After spending an hour trying to find the best way to get in and after a slippy access with JdotN15 getting spikes stuck in his shoes we were finally in with soaking trousers and feet. As we started looking around, we saw security were on site in one of the buildings. Spending about 45 minutes watching him, stuck where we were, he finally left so we started cracking on. As we were crossing one of the roads, he was only coming directly for us in his van. After a very close call and a few more close calls to follow, we knew it was a matter of time before he found us. After managing to spend a good 4/5 hours in the site we were just about to exit when we saw a man in a hi-vis walking straight for us. As he approached us, he seemed more scared to see us than we were to see him! After he very kindly showed us out we were in need of a maccys and a sing song to Jamelia-superstar on the way home :D

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    Thanks for viewingggg :D
     
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  2. The Kwan

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    How cool is that old Bedford, its nice to find gentleman Secca, especially once you have finished your visit and dont care :)
     
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    Loving the old Bedford :thumb
     
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    what a find nice old Bedford well done some good piks there
     
  5. Loocyloo

    Loocyloo 28DL Regular User
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    Yeah going to see the Bedford was the main reason we wanted to go, was so glad we found it before secca found us!
     
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    secca unlocked all the buildings for me when I went , nice chap
     
  7. Ordnance

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    A very nice 1972 Bedford RLHC Chubb (Pyrene) conversion to Mk.8 crash foam tender of the RAF Fire Service which seems to have the Leeds Heliport logo on the side?
     
  8. Fairdo's

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    Just awesome, I do luv an old Raf Base....
     
  9. jdotn15

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    i think its a 1968! and was awesome tbf! defo in need of a revisit! we missed the pool!
     
  10. Will Knot

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    Great job there....nice piccies.....sounds like you had a fun day out :thumb
     
  11. Loocyloo

    Loocyloo 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks WK :D
     
  12. Ordnance

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    You could be right, they were replaced by the Thornycroft Nubian Major / Dennis Mk.9 crash tender from 1974

    Found this 'For Sale' page which is interesting, and confirms it came from Leeds and at least we know where it is!

    http://www.4wdonline.com/Bedford/Fire.html
     
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