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Old 24th Aug 2019, 14:44
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Sevenoaks pointer to Biggin

While I was doing my ATC flying scholarship during 1969 at Biggin Hill, I seem to remember in the vicinity of Sevenoaks there was a large painted arrow that indicated the direction back to the airfield.
It's a long time ago now and I can't find any trace of it on Google maps, so house building or the M25 might have erased it, but does anyone know just where it used to be?
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 14:46
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Originally Posted by delta96 View Post
While I was doing my ATC flying scholarship during 1969 at Biggin Hill, I seem to remember in the vicinity of Sevenoaks there was a large painted arrow that indicated the direction back to the airfield.
It's a long time ago now and I can't find any trace of it on Google maps, so house building or the M25 might have erased it, but does anyone know just where it used to be?
>>> Sorry but I have never heard of any such arrow near 7oaks during my flying time at Biggin 1970/ 82. Not to say others with long memories may be able to help. There were of course the cluster of lakes there that served as a useful navigational aid. Also there was and still is the large white cross on the slope of a hill at nearby Shoreham village.

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Old 31st Aug 2019, 09:33
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I have a very vague memory (wait, there's more....) of some sort of large white arrow, maybe cut into a chalk hillside, pointing towards Croydon Airport, probably in the 1920s, not that I was around then to need it.
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Old 31st Aug 2019, 10:01
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Buster, I've heard of that too.

I would have thought Biggin ought to be clearly visible from 1000' over Sevenoaks in reasonable vis.
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I used to live in Northolt London when I was a Kid, and remember seeing NO marked on a gasometer, when passing on the tube.
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I used to live in Northolt London when I was a Kid, and remember seeing NO marked on a gasometer, when passing on the tube


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Old 1st Sep 2019, 08:33
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There is a small BoB Museum in that village....
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Old 1st Sep 2019, 19:55
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Gasometer Bishops Waltham.
4 of us set out one evening to paint an arrow and HA on one of Hamble’s rejoining points.
A few days later with my instructor in the Baron..Pat Courtney (he who left a hurribomber wingtip on a tree stump somewhere out east)..asked why the arrow was pointing the wrong way?
Twas how I learnt that the top rotates with the change in volume in said structure.
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Old 20th Sep 2019, 13:29
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There is a large white arrow clearly visible on Google Earth just to the east of Skipness village (by the graveyard) at the top end of the Mull of Kintyre. I believe this is a hangover from WW11 and was something to do with a nearby weapons range. In addition, I think there is another one further south, not so easily seen.

Just found the second arrow. It’s just south of the village of Crossaig, in scrubby land east of the B842.

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Old 21st Sep 2019, 11:20
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Originally Posted by Audax View Post
There is a large white arrow clearly visible on Google Earth just to the east of Skipness village (by the graveyard) at the top end of the Mull of Kintyre. I believe this is a hangover from WW11 and was something to do with a nearby weapons range. In addition, I think there is another one further south, not so easily seen.

Just found the second arrow. Itís just south of the village of Crossaig, in scrubby land east of the B842.
Here's the first. Arrow
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Old 21st Sep 2019, 11:35
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In the 1920s, to aid the Croydon to Paris air service, the railway stations on the Sevenoaks to Dover line apparently had their name painted in large letters on the roof tiles of the station buildings, readily visible from the height then flown at. Presumably removed by 1939.
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In the 1920s, to aid the Croydon to Paris air service, the railway stations on the Sevenoaks to Dover line apparently had their name painted in large letters on the roof tiles of the station buildings, readily visible from the height then flown at. Presumably removed by 1939.
Ah, when IFR really did stand for "I Fly Railways"
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Old 22nd Sep 2019, 17:43
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Airfield names

Long after Croydon closed (1959) the rotating beam was kept going for a considerable time.
Also Banstead railway staion (to the west ) had its name boldly emblazoned for many years and apparently was a reporting point in the early radio days.
I have seen large white crosses marked in unusual places but some of them were 'range indicators' to ensure correct direction of aircraf for firing/dropping.
In the case of a marker for BH then Croydon would be in the same direction or very close.
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