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Old 21st Feb 2021, 19:30
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I have a vague memory of the airstrip by the Water Witch pub in use and then of it being replaced by the one at Scotland Farm, by J5 of the M3.
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Old 21st Feb 2021, 20:00
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Originally Posted by Lordflasheart View Post
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From an authoritative source, the Apache was replaced - "in 1972 by a Navajo PA31. From May 1975 the aircraft was used an an air ambulance - part of the AA 5-Star service to repatriate motorists stranded on the Continent through illness or accident."
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The Navajo was G-AXAZ acquired from Lotus and passed on to Shackleton Aviation...
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Old 21st Feb 2021, 22:26
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Sealo0,

According to Lordflasheart, the AA only moved to Basingstoke in 73, so its possible they moved in after you moved on. There was (apparently) an airstrip somewhere in SW Basingstoke itself, Im pretty sure from other reports that it was not one of the other obvious local airfields, some of which werent in existence at that time. But it would be nice to know for sure and we could only really know from someone whod been there I guess...

Thanks everyone else, some interesting background info regarding AA Aviation.

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Old 21st Feb 2021, 22:43
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Originally Posted by pax britanica View Post
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Thank you for your reply. Icannot find valentines farm on G maps but the Pub of course is quite close to the bypass and as I said I didnt really have any idea of the type it was the noise that got my attention and by the time it took off it was mostly out o site because o the way the land lies . Perhaps even more likely is the emergency landing that at some stage had to fly away again because i never saw any sign of an aircraft there again. Thanks for the trouble.

I suppose if the RAF ever give up on the Chinooks Odiham could be come London Basingstoke Airport lol

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Pax britanica,

There is an airstrip quite clearly visible on Google Earth between 1999 and 2017, in the field immediately to the west of The Waterwitch. The strip seems to have stopped being mown since 2017. Is this Valentine's Farm?

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Old 22nd Feb 2021, 08:25
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Originally Posted by AirUK View Post
Pax britanica,

There is an airstrip quite clearly visible on Google Earth between 1999 and 2017, in the field immediately to the west of The Waterwitch. The strip seems to have stopped being mown since 2017. Is this Valentine's Farm?

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That's the one; it shows up better on the ZoomEarth image for Sept 2018; you can see a gap in the hedgerow to the west of a 'hangar' like building.
Both this and Scotland Farm were still in use when I retired in 2008; aircraft from both airfields would call us on 125.250 on summer evenings after Odiham had closed.
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Old 22nd Feb 2021, 09:14
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Originally Posted by Asturias56 View Post
I've looked at some old OS maps of the area and can't see any airfield marked - however on a map that was made of bench marks(!!), when they were laying out the ring road, there appears to have been a linear airstrip type feature just west of the Black Dam Roundabout, just south of the London Road on the edge of the Common oriented SW-NE - this is pretty much the site of the Crowne Plaza Hotel now - accessed by Old Common Road
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This feels like your strongest lead
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Old 22nd Feb 2021, 09:57
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Originally Posted by medod View Post
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This feels like your strongest lead
We seems to have come quite a way (literally) from the original parameters quoted for the AA's putative strip:

SW of the town
between the A30 and M3
now covered by housing
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Old 22nd Feb 2021, 10:15
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
I have a vague memory of the airstrip by the Water Witch pub in use and then of it being replaced by the one at Scotland Farm, by J5 of the M3.
Valentines Farm and Scotland Farm were both in use at the same time; I can remember having one from each airstrip on frequency at the same time c2006 - 2008.
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