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Report - RAF West Raynham, Norfolk 28/10/07

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Gimbulate, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. Gimbulate

    Gimbulate Guest
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    Explorers today were me, legoman, littlejobs, silverstealth, tom

    out in the middle of nowhere and a few hours drive from where i live but well worth it, if it wasn't almost pitch black by 5.30pm we would have got more covered as the site is huge and we still have loads more to do. the colours of the surroundings were amazing, great time of year to do it (despite the gale force winds and torrential rain!)

    Some history from wikipedia:

    RAF West Raynham was a Royal Air Force station located to the west of the village of West Raynham in Norfolk, England. It opened in the 1930s and closed in the 1990s. In the mid- to late-1950s RAF West Raynham was Central Fighter Establishment of the Royal Air Force. It still had at least two operational Meteor jet fighters, a squadron of twin tail-boomed Venoms and Vampire trainer jets. The very 'latest' arrival in 1957 was a flight of Gloster Javelins, which also appeared at Farnborough the same year. Its main pilot training squadrons in 1957 were Hawker Hunters - comprising two wings - Red and Yellow. The airfield and technical site remain the property of the Ministry of Defence but the site is currently disused and falling into disrepair. In December 2005 it was announced that the whole site was to be sold at Auction.

    Notable units based at RAF West Raynham included:

    No. 85 Squadron of 100 Group with the de Havilland Mosquito during World War II.
    The tripartite Hawker Kestrel training and evaluation unit (the Kestrel was the forerunner to the successful Hawker Siddeley Harrier "Jump Jet").
    The last units to operate at RAF West Raynham were an RAF Regiment Rapier Short Range Air Defence Missile Unit and 85 Squadron with long range Bloodhound surface to air missiles.

    great explore and definatley in need of a return trip, big thanks to legoman for driving me to yorkshire and back and big thanks to silverstealth for letting me know about this place and driving us to norfolk (and the use of his gear!) :)

    Hangars
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    These are my first two atempts at HDR, let me know what you think :)
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    Some buses and coaches on site
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    The Commies are taking over!
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    The hangars were HUGE!
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    Smoke grenade
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    German!? looks like it was done after closure
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    Some amazing old gauges there
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    Me in the dome
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    Silverstealth
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    The rest are on my flickr :)
     
    #1 Gimbulate, Oct 29, 2007
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 13, 2008

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