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Lack of airfields

Old 2nd Nov 2017, 13:32
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Humberside sees quite a bit of military trade and they are prepared to hot refuel helicopters unlike some civy fields.
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Old 2nd Nov 2017, 18:40
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Apart from Valley, Shawbury, Lakenheath.....
Lakenheath - next door to Wattisham (more or less) so not much use in terms of the whole country.

Valley and Shawbury? No military helicopters at either!
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Old 2nd Nov 2017, 18:54
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Originally Posted by zetec2 View Post
St Mawgan, didn't we used to have an RAF base there some years ago ?.
No, you're thinking of St Eval
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Old 2nd Nov 2017, 20:21
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Originally Posted by Wycombe View Post
At my local-ist airfield, Blackbushe, there have been some fairly regular recent (refuelling, I think) stops by Irish Air Corps helo's, when Odiham (which you would think more suitable) is a stone's throw away.
Likewise, the Red Arrows make (fairly) regular refuelling and stop-over visits into Farnborough... when one would think that Odiham would make more sense - unless Odiham can't take Hawks any more?
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Old 2nd Nov 2017, 20:33
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As a reminder of how many airfields we used to have in Cornwall, there is a Kipper Fleet story of a Shack transmitting abeam downwind at St Eval, finals at St Merryn and landed at St Mawgan. Allegedly.
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Old 2nd Nov 2017, 21:37
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There was also the West German Noratlas pilot who was flying to St. Mawgan, lined up for a perfect approach to (disused) Portreath, and was shepherded onto the correct airfield by St. Mawgan's GCA controller.

So the story goes, on being asked if he had been to St. Mawgan before, the pilot reportedly said, "Ja, ja, but you vere shooting at me last time!"
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Old 3rd Nov 2017, 09:26
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Originally Posted by TorqueOfTheDevil View Post
Sharpend, Agree with you - an almost inevitable situation given that Wattisham is the most northerly military helicopter base in Britain...with that crown set to pass to Benson if current rumours come to pass!
Shawbury & Valley no longer operating rotary wing stuff?
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Old 3rd Nov 2017, 10:25
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Not military, owned and operated by Airbus and Ascent respectively I believe?
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Old 3rd Nov 2017, 12:15
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Originally Posted by ericferret View Post
Humberside sees quite a bit of military trade and they are prepared to hot refuel helicopters unlike some civy fields.
Yeah but most 'civvy fields' don't have the intensity of North Sea helicopter traffic that Humberside does and thus aren't approved by the CAA for hot or rotors running re-fuels.
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Originally Posted by Dougie M View Post
As a reminder of how many airfields we used to have in Cornwall, there is a Kipper Fleet story of a Shack transmitting abeam downwind at St Eval, finals at St Merryn and landed at St Mawgan. Allegedly.

He'd have had to be flying in circles then!
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Old 3rd Nov 2017, 20:34
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Staverton , a few weeks ago ... 2 flts of Grobs on navexs from 2 RAF stations. Not enough bases to make x-coutries viable .
Here in Wessex , Pumas , Apaches , Squirrels , Wildcats [ green and blue ] , Blue Dauphin , passing Grob or two . All seem to like our grass strip on an hill . Maybe it's the lunches or the 'gurls'
Last week of C130ks , we had one low pass East to West , wet , gloomy we'd packed up ...... Lights on , wipers slapping time , wings waving , loady doing a star jump in side door . End of the rwy , pushed over and disappeared down into the Vale .

rgds condor .
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me thanks condor for description concise of events.
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East Mids still gets some but not as much as when Afghan was at its peak, still get the Saudi Hercs transiting through though ( on the States run I believe.)
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Old 4th Nov 2017, 12:22
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Originally Posted by Cyberhacker View Post
Likewise, the Red Arrows make (fairly) regular refuelling and stop-over visits into Farnborough... when one would think that Odiham would make more sense - unless Odiham can't take Hawks any more?
Farnborough has a luxurious Terminal building with private briefing/conference rooms available, plus they're open every weekend whereas Odiham would have to open specially. (Wonder who pays the bill)
(Elton John was due to depart one evening and the FBO told us his party had virtually wrecked their allocated room!)

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Old 4th Nov 2017, 15:35
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Condor - I assume the Wessex airfield is the one on top of the hill with the stunning view to the south
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Old 4th Nov 2017, 15:42
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Military airfield, no home based aircraft, ATC, Fire, fuel, MATZ all to yourself, can practise over land or sea, Mess, loads of local golf courses - ISK, anyone? Yes, yes, I know, I know ..... (sigh) .....
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Would be inundated by claims for compensation from all the haggis farmers for the noise causing them to fall over and tumble down the hillsides....
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Old 6th Nov 2017, 10:26
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Sad to say but as a proportion of the number of aircraft, we probably have more airfields now than we've ever had! In terms of landaway navexes, surely exposure to otherwise unfamiliar civil procedures is a big positive?
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Old 6th Nov 2017, 11:37
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when one would think that Odiham would make more sense
The last jet fighter that I saw take off from Odiham went through the same gap in the hedge that had been carved out by innumerable predecessors.
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