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RAF Bovingdon - 1960s

Old 6th Mar 2021, 17:09
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Why for me?
Obviously parked on the Whelpley Hill side although I thought this area had been closed down by the '60s.

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Old 8th Mar 2021, 18:28
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Avro York G-AMVZ ex MW302 at Bovingdon 1954. Obtained by Hunting Air Transport 1953, never entered service, scrapped following year.
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Old 11th Mar 2021, 07:52
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A Bovingdon departure that crashed at Ashridge near Tring killing 16 on board


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Old 11th Mar 2021, 08:52
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Why for me?
Obviously parked on the Whelpley Hill side although I thought this area had been closed down by the '60s.
It was for you chevvron prompted by your memory of the time your family was nearly wiped out by a DC4 or DC6 when you were taken by them to watch the aeroplanes at London Airport...........
Incidentally I used to take the 353 London Transport Green Double Decker from my home near Chesham and change at Slough for London Airport.
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Old 11th Mar 2021, 14:35
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It was for you chevvron prompted by your memory of the time your family was nearly wiped out by a DC4 or DC6 when you were taken by them to watch the aeroplanes at London Airport...........
Incidentally I used to take the 353 London Transport Green Double Decker from my home near Chesham and change at Slough for London Airport.
Ah didn't make the connection 'cos it was a different thread.
We went to LAP on buses via Uxbridge but on one occasion we returned via your route (we used the 353 regularly every couple of weeks but going the other way to see my grandmother in Berkhampstead; useful route Winsdor to Berkhampstead); I remember because on the Bath Road, we went past an area with radar heads turning and nodding up and down which was the RAF air defence radar unit which actually had nothing to do with airport ops and closed in about 1955 to be replaced by the one at Chenies, a few miles south east of Chesham and just south of Bovingdon.
In 1969 when I started training as an Air Traffic Assistant at West Drayton the associated building was in use for the radar element of London Air Traffic Control Centre which I had visited as a member of Air Britain a few years earlier and was to work in from Jan 1970 to Feb 1971 when radar also moved to West Drayton. Our initial assistant training also took place there but in one of the associated outbuildings.

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Old 23rd Mar 2021, 15:27
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RAF Bovingdon - 1960s

I was very intrigued by the photo of the DH Hornet at Bovingdon, on page 14 of the Thread. In Sep 49 a Hornet (PX305) made the record books by breaking the Bovingdon to Gibraltar route and return. The Hornet in the pic might just be the one. As an old Gib hand I'd like to write up the successful attempt. Could you possible supply me with a high res version of the image?
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Old 23rd Mar 2021, 17:15
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I 'borrowed' the image of the Hornet from this web-site:https://bovingdon-airfield.co.uk/

I suggest you have a look there. I seem to remember there is another image of a Hornet on there. I think I checked the serial number at the time but couldn't tie it in with the Gibraltar record-breaker. Be delighted to host your write-up on this thread if you are so inclined. All the best.
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Old 24th Mar 2021, 08:36
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I 'borrowed' the image of the Hornet from this web-site:https://bovingdon-airfield.co.uk/
Not very good.
In films they've missed out 'The Lady Takes a Flyer '(early '50s'), 'Mosquito Squadron' (c1968) and Hanover Street (c1972).
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Hanover Street was '78 - during Farnborough week, I remember the B-25s lined up at Blackbushe...
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Hanover Street was '78 - during Farnborough week, I remember the B-25s lined up at Blackbushe...
They flew them to Blackbushe after filming at Bovingdon finished and they stayed for a couple of years. Yes probably was later than '72 'cos they weren't there in '77 when I 'controlled' at the Blackbushe Air Festival.
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Thanks for the steer to the RAF Bovingdon pics. As you say, there's another (better) pic, which unfortunately proves the Hornet to be PX286. All worth a shot tho'!
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