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Report - RAF Thurleigh - Thurleigh, Bedford - March 2020


zombizza

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This place had been on my radar for some time.
Quite pleased to find it was easy to access and there were some nice retro features inside, plus a few decent dead animals.
The barracksy bit further along was also worth a poke.

Starting in 1946, construction work began to turn the wartime RAF airfield into what became known as the Royal Aeronautical Establishment, Bedford. The runway was extended in the post-war period to accommodate the Bristol Brabazon aircraft, which required a very long runway but which never went into production. A lot of the development for what became the Harrier was done here, one early version became known as the 'Flying Bedstead'. Also Thurleigh had a catapult runway and it was here that the 'ski jump' later fitted to some aircraft carriers was also developed. One local road was put in a cutting for a runway to be put above it, linking the Airfield site to the wind-tunnel site about a mile and a half away, although ultimately this was never carried out. The runway is some 10,500 ft long, and some 300 ft wide and as of June 2011 is used by a number of car storage companies.
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Bikin Glynn

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Interesting dead badger shot.
U can’t take dead badgers to the tip u know, believe me I know someone who tried
 

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