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Report - RAF Stenigot Radar dishes, Lincs, Feb13

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by The Wombat, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. The Wombat

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    Number 3 of 5 sites visited that day. After the extremeness of St Johns Asylum, this was a nice relaxed explore. Bit of a drive from Lincoln, but the radar dishes are such an unusual site they just had to be on the list.

    The dishes are climbable, but watch for lethal patches of ice forming on the slippery metal. Someone else mentioned it would be a nice spot for a BBQ in the summer, but being on higher ground it certainly wasn’t bbq weather in winter.

    Visited with King Mongoose on a brutally cold afternoon!

    RAF Stenigot was built as a radar station, near Donington on Bain in Lincolnshire, in the WW2 as part of a defence measure called the Chain Home Radar network. This was an early warning system for air raids from Luftflotte V and Northern parts of Luftflotte II intended for Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester and other Midland Targets.
    After WW2, RAF Stenigot continued to play a role in the Chain Home Network until 1959, when it was upgraded to a communications relay point in the ACE High Program. With this for Tropospheric Scatter dishes were added.
    In the late 1980’s, Stenigot was decommissioned and the majority of the buildings had been demolished by the mid 1990’s.



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    thanks for looking!
     

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