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Report - Fearn Aerodrome, Control Tower, Reportette - 14-11-07

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by zimbob, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. zimbob

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    Nipped in past here on the way home with Bryag - cheers for the driving mate :thumb

    This is part of Fearn Aerodrome, near Nigg
    A little history (courtesy of "www.controltowers.co.uk" agian - good site!)

    Opened as a satellite to Tain.
    15/7/42 Transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS Owl, a torpedo training school.
    22/3/43 to 6/43, 747 Sqn formed here with Barracudas, moved to Inskip.
    29/2/44 to 28/6/44, 841 Sqn.
    5/44 to 10/44, 747 Sqn returned.
    7/44 to 11/44, 717 Sqn formed here, moved to Rattray.
    8/44 to 10/44, 714 Sqn re-formed here, moved to Rattray.
    11/44 to 4/45, 837 Sqn.
    3/45 to 7/45, 816 Sqn.
    4/45 to 8/45, 817 Sqn.
    7/45 to 8/45, 736 Sqn with Seafires.
    11/45 to 5/46, 860 Sqn.
    12/45 to 3/46, 708 Sqn, Firebrand Tactical Trials Unit.

    Last we'd heard, this had been purchased for £45,000 (2003) and was going to be converted into a house - way cool :D

    But it hadn't - has been completely stripped, not even any window-frames left!
    Loads of holes knocked through the internal walls wierdly, we wondered if this is because it a Grade C listed building, someone was maybe hopen to weaken the structure so it comes down, thus getting round any planning issues :mad:

    Some pics
    TainDrome14thNov163.jpg
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    Holes though walls :crazy
    TainDrome14thNov175.jpg
    Though they were some handy holes for getting onto the top level :D
    TainDrome14thNov185.jpg

    Concrete table-type thingies on top floor
    TainDrome14thNov184.jpg

    Bryag on balcony - a little wobbly in places - the balcony, not Bryag :p
    TainDrome14thNov176.jpg

    Darkness was falling, figured we'd leave the place to the ghosts :eek:
    TainDrome14thNov210.jpg

    Shame the place was so stripped/trashed, but good to see it before something bad happens to it!
     
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  2. bryag

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    Thanks to Zimbob for the history.
    This was supposed to be a dual explore! Tain, and its annexe, Fearn. Unfortunately (not sure that is the correct word!) The enormity of Tain took the whole day! Fearn, subsequently, was bookmarked for another day, but being only about 8 miles by car, a brief recce was in order. When we saw the tower, the failing light was not enough to put us off! (It was gone 4 o'clock by the time we got here!). We were able to drive right up to it, hence saving valuable daylight minutes (and unfit explorers energy!)

    It was a cracker, although the soul had really had been ripped out of it. Tain was more intact and as such was more enjoyable- perhaps watching the Tornado's dropping their cluster bombs from such a strategic position sealed the deal.

    None the less, Fearn tower was still great!

    Here are some of mine. I will try my best not to duplicate!

    The approach
    DSC02001.jpg

    The Front
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    Generator room
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    Cable/pipes in above
    DSC02013.jpg

    The facilities
    DSC02016.jpg

    Holes
    DSC02037.jpg
    DSC02028.jpg

    Leaks
    DSC02026.jpg

    Corridor
    DSC02034.jpg

    Warning!
    DSC02036.jpg

    And a couple of apparitions:eek:
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    The windsock still had some fabric attached
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    Rebar
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    Parting Shots
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