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Report - HMS Ringtail (Burscough Airfield) - september 2010 -

georgie

He Never Even Got There
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info taken from wikipedia

RNAS Burscough (HMS Ringtail) was a former Fleet Air Arm (FAA) naval air station which was situated 1.5 statute miles south-west of the small town of Burscough, Lancashire. The Admiralty acquired 650 acres (2.6 km2) of land in December 1942 and the airfield was built with four runways and several hangars, being commissioned on 1 September 1943.

Operational history

The air station was planned to accommodate FAA day, night and torpedo fighter squadrons for their formation, training and working-up. Many FAA squadrons were based at Burscough for period of a few weeks or few months, before moving to front-line FAA bases or on to aircraft carriers for deployment in action in the European or Far Eastern war fronts.

One of the first FAA units to operate from HMS Ringtail was 809 Squadron FAA equipped with Supermarine Seafires which arrived from RAF Andover on 19 December 1943, remaining until it flew its aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Stalker on 29 December.

Postwar operations

RNAS Burscough closed for flying in May 1946. Thereafter, the hangars were used for the storage of aircraft engines and other FAA equipment until the airfield was disposed of in 1957.

During the 1960s, civil cropduster agricultural aircraft, both fixed wing and helicopters, used the now otherwise inactive airfield as an operating base for refuelling and filling the aircraft's spray tanks.

four naval hangars still survive in use for non-aviation purposes with the Merseyside Transport Trust. These include 'Pentad' type hangars, and are located on the western edge of the old airfield, most of which has now been turned into an industrial eatate.

a little about Merseyside Transport Trust preservation

http://www.mttrust.co.uk/RunningDay2010/2010RunningDay.html


as said in the wiki info 4 hangers remain and jam packed with relics a proper little aladdins cave of allsorts one thing in perticular was a ford prefect in mint condition except the bird crap all over it

anyway one thats been on my list for a while now and a permission granted explore through a good freind of mine with me and kevsy21 having a free run of the place for hours

most of the stuff at the back was a little hard to photograph due to most of the hangers having no electricity and bloody hard to get to but i had fun climbing in and out of various bus cab windows to get to them

i couldnt thank these guys enough for going out of there way for me and kev top day!!!

pics of vehicles taken in all 4 hangers...

the only remains of the runway
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some of the hangers
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various buildings remain onsite including an roc post but with our time running out we decided to leave it for a return explore i think this was toilets or something
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on with the show....


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one of the guys pulled this out to show off in all its glory
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this hanger was interesting it housed liverpool football teams old open top bus last used in 2005
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telecom torch
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a preserved recovery wagon
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up on top of the footy teams bus
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another interesting hanger housed this lovely ford prefect with full leather interior
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another interesting bus (check out the side indicators)
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this was another cool one an old liverpool airport transporter, the guy said he wasnt sure if it was one of the buses which had the beatles in on their return to liverpool
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