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Here is a read only link to the Aerodrome Database - WhichAerodrome.xlsx. Up to date as of 1/5/2019. Catching up slowly - up to May 2019 now (Mar 2020).

Here are some "rules" for Which Aerodrome. These are based upon the original suggestions from the very first thread, and have a few additions. Also please be patient as when you are active others may be asleep.
  • A historic picture of an aerodrome will be posted. Newer pictures are allowed but the theme here is to compare/contrast old with new as well as identifying aerodromes which no longer exist.
  • The person who correctly identifies it will be declared the 'winner' by the original poster.
  • That winner shall either post another challenge or declare the floor open. Anyone may then post the next challenge.
  • If the winner of the challenge does not respond to the notification of their success within 48 hours, an Open house can be declared when there is consensus between multiple other posters which are on line.
  • When the poster of a challenge does not respond within 48 hours of a posted answer, this poster can be declared winner if the answer is considered correct in a consensus of multiple other posters.
  • If Open House is declared, regular posters should not jump in immediately, but time should be given for those who are not great at naming the correct location as they may have some good images.
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  • Try to use elderly photos and not Google Earth, Zoom Earth or any other search engine, pics
  • Try to post images that are not already present on internet, as Google Image Search will find them if they are.
  • Personal photos are acceptable as they show the aerodrome as it is now.
  • When confirming the correct location, the location and winner should be stated to negate any deletion of posts.
  • Please don't delete your posts, let everyone see your successes, failures and challenges.
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Old 23rd Feb 2021, 10:08
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I had a look around Florida and noticed St Petersburg but couldn't see the challenge - should I look harder - or elsewhere?
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Old 23rd Feb 2021, 16:18
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You are on the right coast of the right state. Just a small step for men further south.
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Old 23rd Feb 2021, 16:47
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I guess from your clues, it's Tranquility Bay Strip (4FA3)
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Old 23rd Feb 2021, 16:59
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Tranquility Bay Strip Airport on Pine Island, FL
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Old 23rd Feb 2021, 17:59
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Originally Posted by Sideshow Bob View Post
I guess from your clues, it's Tranquility Bay Strip (4FA3)
Bob has it with Tranquility bay airstrip.
Tranquility Base is on average equally fartedt away from all Prunners around the world.

If anybody has more info or pictures of the Tranquility bay airstrip (with aircraft?)
please feel free to share.

Bob has control.
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Old 23rd Feb 2021, 19:18
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Thanks Bear, unfortunately I haven't got any really old pictures but here's one I took after landing in 2005. Hope that's ok


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Old 23rd Feb 2021, 22:13
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I definitely prefer own photos above Google maps/Earth shots.
The challenge is usually more difficult as own photos are usually not on the internet.
The historic context can follow later in clues or other photos.

I just appeared to me that the red X lines in the Union Jack are not centered in the white X.
That shows to be common.
Does anybody know how that came along?
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Old 23rd Feb 2021, 22:31
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Re the flag on the RAF Tristar - it's meant to be asymetric. The red saltire of St Patrick (N.Ireland) is offset so that it does not relegate the white saltire of St Andrew (Scotland) to just a thin border.
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Old 24th Feb 2021, 08:14
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Originally Posted by Self loading bear View Post
I just appeared to me that the red X lines in the Union Jack are not centered in the white X.
Of all the years I spent walking up the stairs and past that flag, I never noticed that lol
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Old 24th Feb 2021, 08:20
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The flag is the correct way up if the flag pole was on the left, so is the one on the other side mirror image, ie still flying back from the fwd flagpole? (if that makes sense).
I can't find many images with the flag. Was that when carrying Royals or Blair Force One?
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Old 24th Feb 2021, 09:39
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Is it Ascension Island?
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Old 24th Feb 2021, 10:55
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Hi dixi188, no it was the standard paint scheme at the time. We were on a freight run so the aircraft would have been one of the KC1s (ZD948, ZD950, ZD952, or ZD953), without digging out my logbook, I'm not sure which one. I only know it was a freight run as we had stopped doing South Atlantic runs in 2001 (due to other demands) but the civil 747 which took over had been hit be a ground handling truck in the Falklands so we had to pick up the flex for a few weeks.

I was just about to post a clue about not being asleep when you arrive but it looks like OUAQUKGF Ops has already hit the nail on the head; Wideawake Airfield it is. It's one of the easiest airfields to find, you can see the solitary cloud over the Island from Top of Drop! Only problem is diversion; the nearest used to be over 1000miles away, now there's a runway on St Helena, it's only 800 miles (providing you can land at St Helena).

Over to you OUAQUKGF

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Old 24th Feb 2021, 19:25
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Thanks Bob. I have a huge soft spot for The Tristar having worked for an airline that operated them. Back in time now............






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Old 24th Feb 2021, 21:50
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Hi OUAQUKGF are we in East Anglia?
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Old 24th Feb 2021, 22:01
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Yes East Anglia. Big place - Four Counties - No lack of aerodromes fortunately.........


1949 .You could say that the wood (middle distance right) was really the heart of the airfield.
Photo credit; Britain from Above.

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Old 25th Feb 2021, 08:24
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also an amazing number of railway lines there pre- Beeching
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Old 25th Feb 2021, 10:23
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If needed will supply clue this evening......
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Old 25th Feb 2021, 10:52
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Old 25th Feb 2021, 12:42
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Somewhere like North Pickenham?
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Old 25th Feb 2021, 14:36
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Not really like North Pickenham or similar. Certainly no Thor Missiles or, as far as I know, Turkeys.
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