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Report - RAF Holmpton -07.07.07

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by sixxfingers, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. sixxfingers

    sixxfingers Original Member
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    Visited with Madmax, Snappel, Oxygen Thief, Turkey, Zippy, Explorette, Rookinella & Sick. We all met up this weekend for a few beers and to see one of, if not the best preserved bunkers in this Country...

    But the even bigger task, was that this place was completely flooded only just over a week ago :eek: and they have done a great job, getting it back to its former glory. They are also worried that the recent flooding will make the number of visitors here less than normal... so if you are in the area it is a well spent fiver...!!!

    This was the situation, only a matter of days ago:
    June 26th 2007 - On Monday 25th June RAF Holmpton was hit by the extreme weather conditions - Despite our teams valiant efforts at about 2.30pm our flood defences collapsed and the bunker was badly flooded. We estimate about 500,000 gallons of water causing major damage to the site. Present estimates suggest that this might well run into hundreds of thousands of pounds and could jeapordsie the future of the site - At 5am Tuesday 26th june HIPPO the site managemnt team handed over responsibility to our Disaster Recovery Team (DRT) and they will survey the damange and co-ordinate the extensive initial cleaning of the site, before any long term decision is made about the future.
    http://www.rafholmpton.co.uk/9.html

    Get yourself there... this place has been one of the main command bunkers in this Country right up 1991 and is steeped in history. Highly recommended.

    Here's a few of my shots from the day... enjoy

    Us awaiting the arrival of the Brigadier ;)
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    The 130yard tunnel, deep into the bunker
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    One of the phones near to the entrance
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    Typewriter
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    An operations desk
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    Wipeboards
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    Casing for the nuclear warheads
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    Radiation testing equipment
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    Air filtration system
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    Again...
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    Comms
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    Boardroom
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    Commanders desk
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    The Bunkers Bell
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    Hospital
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    and the canteen
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    Took hundreds more... but just make an appointment wit Steve or James
    there knowledge and tours skills are fantastic.
    http://www.rafholmpton.co.uk/3.html
     

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  2. turkey

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    Re: RAF Holmpton REPORT - 07.07.07

    Here's a few of mine...even though I forgot a bloody tripod.

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    I really enjoyed this place, its obviously been restored with a great deal of knowledge, understanding and passion.

    turk ;)
     
  3. MADMAX

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    Re: RAF Holmpton REPORT - 07.07.07

    This place was awesome and is well worth a visit as everyone has said. Anyway here's my some of my pics from our excellent two hour tour of RAF Holmpton.

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    Apart from the bungalow, the rest of the complex is pretty inconspicuous

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    The mandatory group shot + random old bloke

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    Our RAF guide leads us to the internal blast doors

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    Old posters are great

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    Bloodhound Control

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    Not your everyday typewriters

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    Status alert board

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    Never loose track of time

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    The 130 yards access tunnel; no added lighting effects required.
     
  4. Channel 74

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    Re: RAF Holmpton REPORT - 07.07.07

    Did they say which parts were flooded ?
    It looks the same as when I went a month or so ago.
    Perhaps it was the private area, there is still quite a large area not open to the public .

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    As said before its well worth the fiver to get in

    Great place :thumb
     
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