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Old 4th Nov 2008, 10:30
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It is RAF Merryfield, the picture must have been taken in around 1953.
Close BEagle, it was 1952 when I left CFS, before we got the Vampire T11s hence the row of Meteor 7s and also a Vampire 1.

Not sure about your AirLingus but I know a man in Spain who will know.
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Old 4th Nov 2008, 12:15
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Bristol Airport?

1965, Ambassador G-ALFR?

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Hmm. Lulsgate Eh?
Quite a long day out in the tumbril for you to get that photo, Beags.

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Old 4th Nov 2008, 15:29
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AAO, yes, it is indeed Lulsgate!


Photo was taken in 1965 (not by me though). Dan Dare Ambassador was G-ALFR and Aer Linctus Carvair was EI-AMP.

I remember Lulsgate from slightly earlier days when Doves, Herons, Pionairs and the brand new Fokker Friendship were using it. Had my first flight ever from Lulsgate in 1962 in Piper Carribean G-ARDS - which is still on a current CofA! It was a posh new aeroplane for the Bristol and Wessex Aeroplane Club in those days!

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Old 4th Nov 2008, 16:08
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Thanks for the info

The next one, picture from Google Earth (obviously);



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Old 4th Nov 2008, 20:04
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[gom mode] What does it say in post one about Google Earth photos again?

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Old 5th Nov 2008, 14:47
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Originally Posted by Duckbutt
What does it say in post one about Google Earth photos again?
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Does that mean you dont know where it is!!
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It says try to use eldery photos and not G.E. pics. I.e. it doesn't say G.E. pics cant be used.....

To be extra sure everyone is happy though, this is the same airfield;



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Old 5th Nov 2008, 15:02
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Alot of vehicles seem to be using part of the runway....
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Old 5th Nov 2008, 20:53
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Mesopotamian Mystery

Near the banks of the Euphrates River, west of Fallujah, is the mystery aerodrome, known as Habbaniyah, Iraq.
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Old 6th Nov 2008, 00:24
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Only just catching back up with the thread. I'm with evansb on Habbaniyah. 2nd pickie is an RAF A Class hangar I do believe.....
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Originally Posted by evansb
Near the banks of the Euphrates River, west of Fallujah, is the mystery aerodrome, known as Habbaniyah, Iraq.
Over to you....

You've spoilt my impending clue about Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

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Old 6th Nov 2008, 05:54
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Habbaniyah

Trying to remember if the new runway a few miles away was also known as Habbaniyah
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Old 6th Nov 2008, 07:49
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That is the original RAF Habbaniyah, site of 4FTS' defence of Iraq. The camp layout is still almost recognisable as RAF. The plateau airfield just SE is now called Taqaddum,

Tony Dudgeon, who died about 4 years ago, was CO of the FTS in the war when it was regarded as a bit of a rest tour until the Iraqi Air Force had a go at them. He attended the 90th anniversary dinner and his tales - including methods of finding the airfield at night - were spellbinding. There is an interesting Habbaniyah site here RAF Habbaniyah Association
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Old 6th Nov 2008, 16:12
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Isn't it an early 'C' type hangar ie before the 'hipped roof' design was introduced? (I think there are still some at Abingdon or Upavon)
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Here is the next "Which Aerodrome?":
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Old 6th Nov 2008, 17:19
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Gebel Tarik maybe?
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Old 6th Nov 2008, 17:38
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Sorry, not Gebel Tarik, Gibraltar. Go east.

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Old 7th Nov 2008, 14:43
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RAF Shaibah, mesopotamia?
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Sorry, not RAF Shaibah. Right country though.
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Old 7th Nov 2008, 16:10
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How about Shaibah's nr neighbour of RAF Basrah? I'm pretty certain it's not RAF Hinaidi...............
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