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Old 4th Dec 2019, 10:55
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Just about a year since I posted some images of the new peri-track fence being erected at Kenley. No sign of 615 resuming gliding ops yet, though Surrey Hills do keep the airfield active on weekdays.

A new sign has appeared in the last couple of months...

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Old 4th Dec 2019, 13:48
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I wish we could be sure the same will happen at other ex VGS sites like Halton.
There is no 'need' to build houses on Halton airfield as the main camp is sufficient to supply building land for many years when it eventually closes (presently projected for 2025)
I understand that Aylesbury Vale District Council has so far not included the airfield in its local plan so maybe there's hope for it yet either to re-establish a VGS or maybe become a civil airfield if MOD dispose of it.
The same could be said of Henlow.
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Old 4th Dec 2019, 17:04
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ACTIVE KENLEY

Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Just about a year since I posted some images of the new peri-track fence being erected at Kenley. No sign of 615 resuming gliding ops yet, though Surrey Hills do keep the airfield active on weekdays.

A new sign has appeared in the last couple of months...

Are you trying to wind me up Treds !!! As far as Kenley is concerned the ATC are not active nor have been since 2014. What should be a highly productive VGS is moribund with the airfield now reduced in size and rapidly becoming a cycling track. If you look at the facebook pages all the talk is about closing gates, dog mess, and cyclist's running over walkers, nothing about ATC Gliding. With 2FTS as the Airfield guardians they have turned a proud Battle of Britain heritage site into a free for all for clashes between walkers and cyclists but no ATC Flying.
Allowing a fence to divide the listed original peri track was a crass decision from 2FTS, and has ruined a fine loction plus will make resumed operations even more difficult.
Yet another C...U.. from the desk of the prev CO head of Air Cadet gliding at Syerston.
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Old 4th Dec 2019, 18:27
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No wind up Pobjoy I quite agree with you. I had fondly imagined that the fence, crap though it is, heralded the return to flying by 615 in 2019... some hope. If 2FTS are incapable of organising a return to flying then Surrey Hills should be granted clearance to fly at weekends and air-minded cadets pointed in their direction.

I spoke to a young female cadet a year or two back and asked if any flying was on the cards; she'd won a scholarship for a gliding course and was looking forward to taking it up.
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Old 4th Dec 2019, 22:35
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Tread's Your image is actually quite historic in a interesting way. Looking beyond the disgraceful fence and signs you will see the track that was the original Hayes Lane that was the western boundary of Kenley going back to WW1 (It was an acceptance park) built on Kenley common. Prior to WW2 when the airfield was extended, and provided with runways, a peri track and blast bays, Hayes Lane was a public route, and indeed we used to get locals still using it in the 60's which prompted a quick response from the winches to stop them getting a free 'LIFT' by our cables. To the left of image by about 40 yards is the location of the famous 'Spitfire in its blast pen image', taken by one of the attacking Dorniers on the 18th Aug 1940. Together with its near neighbours Biggin Hill (to the east) and the famous Croydon Airport to the north (all in 11 Group) Kenley (a sector station) played a crucial part in the summer of 1940, and then went on to house offensive Wings on sweeps over 'the other side'.
To be based there as a Cadet with 450 Sdn and later 615 GS was a amazing experience as the Camp was still in its wartime camo, and bore the scars of wartime attacks.
Due to its proximity to London, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex Air Cadet units it should have been one of the first VGS to get 'unpaused' but over 5 years later Treads tells us no sign of ATC Gliding !!! A great testimonial to those who head up ATC Gliding.
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Old 12th Jan 2020, 18:16
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I am an ex A2 Instructor, and lately BGA instructor. Having flown the Slinbsby MK 3 and Sedbergs and later the Vikings. I just have to make a small point that is subjective. It is simply that even in the last years of WW2 and the post war years the Air Cadet Gliding Movement was born. Posterity and government cuts more severe than now. It is so sad that individuals with no names have destroyed an organisation that is non political and only ever did good work for the individual Air Cadets and the wider community. RIP.
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Old 25th Jan 2020, 21:57
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 13:26
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Facebook page sez 615 start flying again in April, this year, or have i got the wrong April?

A/D (ex Old Lodge Lane denizen)
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 14:04
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Well, fingers crossed! Is it six years? Or seven...

Six. Longer than World War 2...
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 18:01
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Originally Posted by aw ditor View Post
Facebook page sez 615 start flying again in April, this year, or have i got the wrong April?

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Great news.
I wish they would do the same with 613 at Halton; there is a huge 'gap' north west of London with no gliding schools where there used to be 4: 613 Halton, 612 Abingdon (previously Benson) and 616 Henlow all before the 'pause' plus 617 Bovingdon (ex Hendon) until 1970.
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 18:37
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Having more VGS' is only half the story. An alarming number of the recently re-installed locations only fly on weekdays, which is useless floor the vast majority of cadets who can't get time off school, and their volunteer staff who can't get time off work.

Sure, it looks great on paper, but it's a noticeably poorer attraction.
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