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The Bastards Closed all the Best Bases.

Old 9th Mar 2013, 23:34
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BEagle, looks like they have cleaned that loco since I was saw her. Stopped at Preston Park for water and she was in a terrible state.

Now back on topic

Can only speak from a "guests" view

West Raynham and Finningley to keep.

Wattisham and Lyneham to go.
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Old 10th Mar 2013, 10:14
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Keep Lossie and Waddington.

Bin Leuchars and Cottesmore.

Am i allowed to vote for Cottesmore twice??
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Old 10th Mar 2013, 12:59
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Aldergrove - Great messes, good bars, good gym and a swimming pool, plus an international airport to get anywhere in the world on your week off :-)

Leuchars - Excellent place to fly from with Edinburgh on your door step and the scottish slopes within reach in the winter.
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Old 10th Mar 2013, 13:51
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Loved my 2 years on Ascension Island, and would have loved to have experienced RAF Gan (and all the other FEAF bases).
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Old 10th Mar 2013, 18:04
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Didn't know Gan was FEAF. Always thought it was part of OIAF - Oddball Islands Air Force, along with Christmas Island and the Falklands.
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Old 10th Mar 2013, 21:21
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Keep Lossie and Waddington.

Bin Leuchars and Cottesmore.

Am i allowed to vote for Cottesmore twice??
Evil Heretic! Repent here on PPRuNe before its too late!

FB

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Old 11th Mar 2013, 05:35
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LOL I will gladly remain a heretic. Cottesmore should be wiped off the face of the planet, along with the prima donas that inhabited it during the worst tour of my 27 year career.
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Old 11th Mar 2013, 05:42
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Finningley

Finningley Boy,

How can you, in all conscience, wear the name of the most miserable s***-hole of a unit where I had to spend two tours? The best and happiest days of my twenty-two years were the days I left firstly for Cranwell and then Lossie for my last five.

God help anyone who enjoyed the place, it was bloody awful!

Regards,

TNO.
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Old 11th Mar 2013, 11:08
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Hi Night Owl,

Finningley stuck with me ever since my Father took me, along with the rest of the Family of course, to the Battle of Britain At Home day there. I must have been about 20 months old and being in the days of Anti-Flash White V-Bombers was affected in quite a way when the Vulcan Scramble took place. I've never been the same since, and Finningley being not far from home for the most part, meant I grew up with an almost annual trip each September. My father had some 8 mm footage taken in 1966, this ended up in the hands of an uncle when my father passed away. He then got divorced and his ex got all dad's old home movie reels. Since then nobody who could help me as much as borrow it back simply to put on DVD with a chosen sound track, has been at all inclined to do so.

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Old 11th Mar 2013, 11:54
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Night Owl - I could name many, many, many Airmen Aircrew studes who would disagree with your verdict on t'Finningley! (once you'd got past the AAITC 6 weeks or optional 12 weeks course that is!!!) I loved my time there - but then I was a (relatively) well paid young(ish) singly - Donny Nights - say no more!
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Old 11th Mar 2013, 12:35
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Angry

Best.

Leconfield(pre pongo)
Gutersloh(ditto)
Shawbury

Worst.

Lynham
Dishforth(plods trained there)

WK
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Old 11th Mar 2013, 12:43
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Best base within a base....... 431 MU, great three years and not so many of those silly exercises that the strange folks next door loved so much
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Old 11th Mar 2013, 15:04
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Best: Abingdon for me - held there on 9AEF with Chippies; tiny station, gorgeous mess and all that Oxonian totty just down the road....

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Old 11th Mar 2013, 15:30
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Best Stations

For me if not my liver or wallet

Finningley

Bruggen
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Old 11th Mar 2013, 19:31
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I suspect that the best tour I ever had was at Abingdon. As part of Oxford UAS, ground crew chaps ! And University Engineering Flight, I worked most weekends, in a job that felt like the local flying club. Managed to accrue some 200 hours, cadged flying, in Bulldog and Chipmunk. And learned to play Bridge to a reasonable standard. On Monday and Tuesday a few of us had some "downtime ?" At local pubs. All very idyllic now, and, often brought back when watching repeats of Inspector Morse.

But if I had to say, that was my best time in the RAF, it would have to be the 6 years I spent as a Hercules Aircraft Ground Engineer. If only for the trust I was given by the professionals who operated the aircraft.

Smudge

PS. 27mm, think you will find it was 6AEF (Chippies)

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Old 11th Mar 2013, 21:09
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It was across the field, passed the staish's quarter, down a farm track, thorough the mounds of the medieval village, through the church yard and thence the pub.
It was indeed, and a wonderful stroll on a summers' evening, and without having to go past the busies on the gate!
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Old 12th Mar 2013, 01:59
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Finningley was good before it stopped being a real RAF base and they put the kindergarten in.
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Old 12th Mar 2013, 11:35
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Good --

South Cerney
Syerston
Linton
Chivenor
Khormaksar
West Raynham
Muharraq
L Rissington
Valley
Honington
Fairbairn
Brawdy
Bawtry
Cottesmore
Marham
Upavon
And Whitehall!!

Bad --

None

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Old 12th Mar 2013, 11:40
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The best...... Gatow. The last bit of the Empire. Berlin on the doorstep, culture, art galleries, orchestral concerts......I believe that some people also indulged in less couth activities involving alcohol and women. Airfield was a bit short of aircraft, but we had lots of appreciative visitors arriving in their aircraft to spend the weekends in search of........something?
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Old 12th Mar 2013, 11:48
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That's a good selection of bases there, cuefaye.
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