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Station Closures, Your Choice

Old 22nd Oct 2003, 16:57
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...and there I was thinking it was some sort of admin centre.
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Old 22nd Oct 2003, 18:39
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I'd re-open:

Gaydon - centrally located, great countryside, M40 next door
Thorney Island - on the sunny south coast, nuff said
Tarrant Rushton - see above

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Old 22nd Oct 2003, 23:18
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God's Own Air Force

How about this for a "Phantasy Air Force", based on a time in the "thirties" when Les Grenouillles were the nominal threat and flying was fun.

ITS/IOT South Cerney (Chippies)

FTS/CFS Little Rissington (Gnats)

OCU Chivenor (Hunters)

Operational Squadrons (Hunters) - Tarrant Rushton, W Zoyland, Hullavington, Thorney Island, Tangmere, W Malling.

Exchange Slots - Nellis (F86) and Ohakea (A4)

What was Bentley Priory for? I seem to recall that Nelson used it for rogering Lady Hamilton.
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Old 22nd Oct 2003, 23:30
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what a fantastic story! is it true?!
I fly over bentley priory every so often on my flying lessons.

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Old 23rd Oct 2003, 02:03
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Bentley Priory houses the DASC, formerly known as IFS, the Air Historical Branch and a few other lost souls.

The house itself belonged to Lady Hamiltom's family and was indeed where Nelson spent some of his leisure time. The house is a Grade 1 listed building upon which the MOD has has to lavish significant sums of money merely keeping the facade in one piece. As for the interior, I leave that to your imagination.......

BP is one of the finest pieces of real estate in London that the MOD actually owns. In an area that boasts houses with price tags similar to a Typhoon, it can't be too long before we sell it.....
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Old 23rd Oct 2003, 12:50
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Once upon a time in the north, in the halcyon days of the 60s/70s - when RNAS Lossiemouth was the jewel in the Fleet Air Arm's crown; where the flying had a distinct 'sharp end' focus; where the weather, sailing, skiing, 'apres ski', climbing, golf, shooting and fishing were world class yet affordable even on a 'subbies' pay; when rugby union ruled before Elgin and Inverness boasted league soccer teams; where the countryside was full of both colourful yet tragic history and unpolluted/unspoilt natural beauty; where forming a life long attachment to good malt, especially Glen Morangie was a rite of passage; where local folk - including landowners, schoolteachers, fishermen, coastguards, landlords of 'Gordon Arms' and sundry Moray and Nairn hostelries whose names have unfortunately receded into the mists of time past, police officers, distillery managers, especially at Tain - forgave the excesses of the Duke of Cumberland and went out of their way to be friendly and helpful, often forging life long friendships stretching to the Antipodes; when a long weekend in the big smoke travelling by sleeper train was temporally achievable; when the Officers' Messes at Fort George, RAF Kinloss and RAF Buchan were but mere pale moons in orbit around the HMS FULMAR Wardroom's sun, especially at Winter Balls and Mess Dinners; when God was in his heaven and all was right with the world ...

Lest we forget!

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Old 23rd Oct 2003, 21:33
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Please shut Crandlitz!
Everyone here has lost the plot!
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Old 23rd Oct 2003, 23:44
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I'd say shut RAF Buchan, and transfer the big golf ball elsewhere.

Don't get me wrong, I loved the place when I went there 2 years ago, but there is nothing there. At all.

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Old 24th Oct 2003, 02:45
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Buchan is closing, or at least shrinking down to care and maintenance with 2 men and a dog there. Nice to see you have your finger on the pulse!!!!


I met you when you were on the same Sqn as Stop Start. What are you doing at Cranditz? Not your sort of place, posting or course?

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Old 24th Oct 2003, 03:29
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Biggus - fingers not on the pulse, because I'm a simple ex-CCF cadet!

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Old 24th Oct 2003, 05:25
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Talking of opening/closing, what on earth goes on at RAF Digby these days? Drove past there a few nights ago and it was lit up like a Christmas tree!

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Old 24th Oct 2003, 18:03
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BEagle on BZN & Oxford

It's also the only place I served at which doesn't have a gate guard. Even Binnsworth had a Meteor 7.
What would you put in there? A VC10 (lovely as it would be) might be a tad large - although most of them seem to be on static display, anyway.

Fully concur on the Oxford thing - never liked it (even though I was born there). Those who love it have only ever seen it in Inspector Morse!

It's dirty, smelly, ugly, inconvenient and too expensive. Privatise the city and sell it to the Yanks as a theme park.
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Old 24th Oct 2003, 18:32
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One of the old VC10K2s....or a Brittania?

But no money, no interest, no heritage......
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Old 24th Oct 2003, 18:54
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Moggie and BEagle,

Wholeheartedly agree your comments re Oxford; What a hole!!
I live close to it and I avoid it like the plague except when we get the occasional visitors from the USA, Oz etc, then I drive them in, pay the usual fortune for a parking slot, put them on the tour bus and I go off to the pub (now the place does have one or 2 good watering holes, even if one has to step over the winos).

Let's pretend it's a RAF station and close it!!
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Old 24th Oct 2003, 19:02
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Once rang the city council to advise them that a 'Ban the Bomb' CND flag was flying over their building. "Presumably some student prank", I said. But no - it was actually a deliberate political act by the huggy-fluffy idiots who misruled the dribbling spires at that time!
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Old 24th Oct 2003, 19:58
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I'm surprised at how many of you said that Wattisham should be reopened.

It is open.

And the home to a race of sky gods.

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Old 24th Oct 2003, 20:04
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Presumably because we meant real Wattisham. Late home of the famous 56F 'Firebirds'...and another, lesser bunch (23) known as 'The Crows', both of whom flew the F4 back in the 1980s.

Whereas now there are just a few dung-eaters in horrid clattering things bumbling about Suffolk........
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Old 24th Oct 2003, 21:00
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Re Oxford

It's dirty, smelly, ugly, inconvenient and too expensive.
As one who works each day in the City Of Oxford I must take umbridge with you on this. It is also full of Beggars, Students (cant really tell the difference) Drunks and Whores. It is still run by a bunch of Incompetant fools who wouldnt know there arse from a hole in the ground. And dont get me started about the Cornmarket fiasco or their Anti-car policies or Cyclists for that matter.

You were far too nice about it
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Old 24th Oct 2003, 21:08
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No surprises from me..

Ice Station Kilo - and all that it stands for
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Old 24th Oct 2003, 22:31
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Station Closures, Your Choice

Id say reopen RAF Finningley,wot a airbase that use to be,im just so glad its gonna be used again for aviation.

too close:
id say leeming (plz don't ask why!!"
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