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Old 19th Mar 2009, 09:17
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Hi
Is that Killi far away in the background?
If it is then the pic is taken from the north......
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Old 19th Mar 2009, 09:30
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I see where the aerials thing is going! Not Milltown or Anthorn. A clue: the aerials are no longer there, and haven't been for some time now.

Don't read too much into the background - I believe that is nothing more than cloud - not terrain. We are in the UK.

Good spot, OF, I hadn't even seen the whiter 'peak' above the low-level dark stuff! Still think it's nothing more than CuNb though...
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Old 19th Mar 2009, 17:02
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How about Edzell?
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Old 19th Mar 2009, 19:10
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My immediate (gut reaction) made me think Matlaske ????? Keith.
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Not Edzell nor Matlaske. Although, in common with both, it has US tenancy in its history.

It sees current GA activity, and gliding as well, but has no 'EG--' code. It has one usable runway remaining, although that is open to some question - if you don't keep to one side, then you're in for a rough ride, and possible prop damage!

Final clue for now - closer to Edzell than Matlaske.
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Old 20th Mar 2009, 11:46
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Well done, Jenkins. The picture is indeed Kirknewton in it's USAF/CIA days (early 50's) as a cold war listening station. It also kept an eye on the Washington/Moscow 'batphone' cable which ran nearby apparently. Now home to 661 VGS.

There are very few images on the net for Kirknewton, although I found a great one showing it in current times which I would have loved to post here, but it had the copyright mark on it so I dare not.

The mound in the picture is the old quarry in the ridge to the immediate NE of the aerodrome. It must have caused some interesting air mass movements in its time, but I never had any issues.

Jenkins has already declared Open House, so away you go!
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Old 20th Mar 2009, 13:09
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Open House?

Okay,the list says (surprisingly) that this one hasn't been done. Should go quickly as anyone who's flown into this place will never forget it . . .


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Old 20th Mar 2009, 15:53
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Kandahar International Airport, Afghanistan. ICAO: OAKN

Yes, that is a Canadian flag visible above the Beech King Air 200.

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Old 20th Mar 2009, 18:06
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Which Aerodrome?

AH Hah! Excellent! - Kandahar it is!!
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Old 20th Mar 2009, 19:20
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Thanks grizzled. Unique architecture at Kandahar. Terminal was built by Americans. Here is the next "Which Aerodrome?":
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Old 21st Mar 2009, 05:51
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Brian,

I'll narrow it down a bit - an RCAF base in Canada. Too many trees for the prairies, so somewhere "down east"?

PS I've never seen a signals square in such a novel location before.

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Old 21st Mar 2009, 14:35
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Yes, Simon, it is an RCAF aerodrome, and it is east of Winnipeg.
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Old 21st Mar 2009, 16:52
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Hey evansb,

How about Greenwood?

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Old 21st Mar 2009, 20:00
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Sorry, not Greenwood, NS. Too far east.
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Old 21st Mar 2009, 21:52
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And while you are at it,the significance of the black-ball on the yard-arm,and the `signals square ??
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Old 22nd Mar 2009, 10:40
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Sycamore,

A black ball, 60 centimetres in diameter, suspended from a mast signifies that the directions of take off and landing are not necessarily the same.

The signals square contains all of the necessary visual signals to inform the pilot of such things as circuit direction (left or right hand) etc. There are quite a few of these signals and they can be found within the UK ANO (CAP 393).

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Old 22nd Mar 2009, 10:55
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Interesting photograph. Every thing spick and span. Judging by the shadows looks like early morning. Are those the fire-crew standing very much to attention by their vehicles to the left of the control tower? Looks as though they are about to greet a VIP.
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Old 22nd Mar 2009, 17:16
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The aerodrome is one of the RCAF's earlier bases, and hosted many Wings Parades and other ceremonial presentations. Here is an earlier photo of the base taken from the opposite direction:

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Old 22nd Mar 2009, 17:22
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Centralia?
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Old 22nd Mar 2009, 17:35
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T-C-F,yes I still have my Shell` Navigation Aids` booklet; however,if you look closely at the `square`,landings and t/os are prohibited-BIG X..maybe the reason for the low fly-by,or the pall of smoke ?
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