Report - Portland ROTOR Radar Station - May 2013

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too old to be reckless
28DL Full Member
Jul 12, 2006
south of the river
This was a permission visit organised by Sub Brit. Compared to Bawdsey back in the day this place is pretty trashed as a result of a fire in 1969 but I thought I'd post a few pics to update previous reports.

Briefest of history from Sub Brit:

The Portland Centimetric Early Warning (CEW) Radar Station was constructed (Site contractor: Robert McAlpine) in 1950-51. GPO installations began ('I' day) on 1st December 1951 with Operational availability (‘O’ Day) achieved by 20th February 1953, the R1 being transferred to the RAF under the command of Squadron Leader NOYES, AFC. It consisted of a single storey R1 operation Block accessed from a nonstandard design guardhouse/bungalow built of local Portland stone.