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Old 26th Apr 2021, 16:08
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'Masters of the Air' at Abingdon

It would appear that the former RAF Abingdon (Dalton Barracks) is being used for filming of the new Hanks/Spielberg-produced TV series Masters of the Air (or whatever it ends up being titled).

New structures include a period watch office, which will presumably replicate the OTU-spec tower at Thorpe Abbotts, where the series' subject unit, the 100th Bomb Group, operated from.

Anyone near Abingdon got any more gen?

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Old 26th Apr 2021, 20:13
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The village of Bledlow is their current focus:
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Wikipedia tells us:Bledlow is a village in the civil parish of Bledlow-cum-Saunderton in Buckinghamshire, England. It is about 1 1⁄2 miles (2.4 km) WSW of Princes Risborough, and is on the county boundary with Oxfordshire.

The toponym "Bledlow" is derived from Old English and means "Bledda's burial mound". A 10th century document records it as Bleddanhloew; the Domesday Book of 1086 records it as Bledelai. A more common derivation is from "Bled-Hlaw" meaning Bloody Hill which commemorates an undated battle between Saxons and Danes.
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Local rag just says some footpaths around the airfield/barracks are being closed for the rest of the year, and they are constructing at least one replica B-17.
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Thanks goldox. Realism seems to be an early casualty in the shooting: Norfolk's village direction/distance signs (Eastern Daily Press picture) would have been removed for the war's duration.

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Drove past this morning, on way to Oxford. Certainly some temporary looking buildings on the near end of the runway (portacabins it seems) but nothing remotely resembling a bomber.
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The Mail has now revealed a reconstructed communal and HQ site at Chalfont St Giles, Bucks.
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They’ve been filming for it in a pub in Bray, Berkshire recently too. Signposts changed to say, eg. ‘Diss’
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Way back in 1988, much of the Oscar Best Picture winner, Rain Man, was being filmed in Cincinnati. I lived a block away from the Vernon Manor Hotel, where the cast resided and several scenes were filmed. I visited "The Vernon" (where The Beatles/"Bayuls" stayed in their first American tour in 1964, but what of that?) almost every evening. The barmaid had become a friend and she made the dryest and best martini in the Midwest, and she poured me plentiful "mistakes". Can't beat free martinis, am I correct? The hotel also provided an unparalleled gratis hors d'oeuvres selection: barbecued pork ribs and chicken wings, numerous cheeses, cold cuts, crackers, and all the other things which put $$$ signs in your cardiologist's eyes. Enough for a complete dinner, and that it was for me most nights of the week.

One soft springtime eve I strolled into the hotel; Lori (my bartendress friend) had saved me my customary seat at the bar. As she shook my nectar so as not to bruise it, she gestured with her eyes and a nod of her head to look at the corner table, which was a banquet set up which might seat, say, six people. Only two were there in that darkened corner. Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise!

Shyness has never been my strong suit. I asked Lori to send the stars a drink and she complied, smiling with a mouth full of teeth. As she brushed against me on her way back behind the bar, she stuttered "They want you to join them for a drink!" And so I did, and not just for one.

Both men are short, five-sixish, I would guess. Both look very much as they do on celluloid. Both are intelligent and have great sense of humo(u)r. Both were generous and calm. It got drunk that night!

The high spot of the evening occurred when I excused myself and adjourned to the Gentleman's Room. As I was completing my (e)mission at the urinal, the floor above me buckled and collapsed. I was showered in gallons of malodorous liquid. Turns out that the room a floor above me was a duplicate bathroom and several of the urinals had been leaking, errr, human excretions for weeks or longer! Just my Irish luck, eh? (If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have none at all, sure an' doncha know?)

Having heard the cacophonous collapse, the management, including the very nice Orthodox Jewish brothers who owned the hotel, rushed to my aid. I was escorted to a room where I showered and changed into some decent clothing procured from the hotel's lost and found. I was offered free drinks for life! (Never a wise move if the promisee has Oirsh roots!) Before I decided on that kind offer, I returned to the banquet table and my 120 minutes of fame.

No one was there! My drinking companions must've smelled the disaster! All good things must come to an end.

Years before I had appeared in a 1983 Burt Reynolds flic. Unlike Dustin, I did not win the Oscar for Best Actor! Yet there is a moral to my tale and it is this: The population of Abingdon, Bledlow, and surrounds need to be very careful. Hollywood will tear a place up, and you never know what's gonna hit ya when the ceiling caves in!



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They’ve been filming for it in a pub in Bray, Berkshire recently too. Signposts changed to say, eg. ‘Diss’
One of Heston Blumenthal's, presumably? The Crown looks like it hasn't changed much in 80 years.
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Filming for Masters of the Air has started ? Alert 5

Filming for Masters of the Air has started

The anticipated sequel for Band of Brothers miniseries, Masters of the Air, has started filming in Britain.

Director Cary Fukunaga disclosed on Instagram that the first week of filming was done on Apr. 23.

Executive producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg built an air base set in Buckinghamshire for the filming.

For more information, hit the Source below

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Newland Park, Chalfont St Peter - Wikipedia
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Searchlights over Abingdon.

Drove past old RAF Abingdon (Dalton Barracks) Friday evening on way home from oop north.
Saw powerful searchlights and flashes, by the time I got home there was qute a display going on.
Grabbed this pic from bedroom window!
Looked like they were also flashing bursts of light off of the clouds, I guess to mimic bomb explosions or flak?
Lots of bangs crashes and explosions Saturday evening too!

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Spring premiere?

Playtone, the production firm behind the nine-episode series, says it will be shown on Apple TV "in the spring" – one insider suggesting it will run from the end of March till the end of May (possibly on Memorial Day).
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