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Report - RAE Thurleigh June 2011

BushWookie

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For my second explore I found a group of sites at another town near me, Bedford, and thought I would share my day with you. Here's a little history on RAF Thurleigh.

RAF Thurleigh was a Royal Air Force base, situated north of Bedford, England. It was open from 1941 when it was built, until 1946, when it construction began on the airfield to convert it into what became more commonly known as the Royal Aeronautical Establishment, Bedford.

Thurleigh was purposely built for the command of RAF Bombers by W & C French Ltd. in 1941. This base was unique, as where most bases had two T2 type metal hangars, thurleigh had four.

First to use Thurleigh was No. 160 Squadron, using B-24 Liberator bombers, supplied by the U.S.

In order to accomodate the Bristol Brabazon aircraft at RAE Thurleigh, the runway had to be extended, but the aircraft never went into production.

"The airfield was decommissioned in February 1994 after a lengthy study determined that flight operations should be centralised at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire."

It was finally closed down in 1997.

The RAE Thurleigh air strip is now home to a very large number of cars, most buldings and frequently active, excluding the control tower and those featured in other reports. Cars are continuously being brought in by workers and on the backs of lorries, to be refurbished and fixed.

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An Unusual approach...

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I like rusty spoons

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Who is the culprit of this ?

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Should be re-named " the sea of white fiat 500s" I counted as least 50...

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O rly?

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On the same day we also visited Cardington Sheds (did not gain access), and Old Warden Train Tunnel. Below are some pictures from these.

Cardington Sheds

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Old Warden Tunnel Nature Reserve

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Had a little play with light painting

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Thanks for looking
 

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