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Report - Remains of Mk. 1 Bloodhound Missile Site - Rattlesden - May 2011

REEF

Getthegirlkillthebaddies
28DL Full Member
#1
Visited this site a few months ago but never got around to putting a report up. As a report on Rattlesden isn't on here I thought I'd share.

This was part of a trip to visit two of the Bloodhound missile sites between London and Norwich, I found the Wattisham site to be within a active RAF base is decided to give it a miss and Rattlesden was second on the list.

I came across the Bloodhound missiles as part of my unhealthy interest in the Cold War ROTOR radar project. The Bloodhound is a British surface-to-air missile developed during the 1950s as the UK's main air defence weapon. There were two versions, the second being capable of traveling at mach two. We had these missiles ready for action as recently as 1991.

The perimeter road
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Guard house
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Station Headquarters
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Missile servicing building and plant rooms.
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Arming shed
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One of the static water tanks
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Anyone know what these are?
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The launch pads are long gone which is a shame and the building left are in poor condition but at least there being used. You really need to understand the history to appreciate this site.

For the record this is what a Bloodhound missile looks like.
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