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RAF Luton

Old 12th Feb 2019, 19:41
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 20:53
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And you still need the armour to go in to Luton today!
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 20:57
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Not sure if those shields would protect you in Luton!
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Old 13th Feb 2019, 13:43
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I posted this some years ago on another thread.
Not many people realise just how long there has been an airfield at Luton.
About 10 years ago, not long before I retired, they were digging up part of the apron to rectify some cracking and subsidence. About 15 inches down they hit Roman mosaic. Work had to stop, and the archeologists were called in.
It turned out that almost exactly below the modern stand four there was a T shape of yellow tesserae, together with an IV and, to the left of the head of the T the word STOP in Latin. ( Can't remember the exact Latin )
Makes sense for them to have put an airfield there. Handy for Verulamium ( now St Albans ), Durocobrivis ( Dunstable ), easy access from Watling Street, and from the older Icknield Way.
Also, of course being on top of a hill, easy to defend when the tribes got a bit stroppy.
But helicopters - thats just plain ridiculous
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Old 13th Feb 2019, 17:17
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My uncle Flt Lt Cater was a QFI at RAF Luton until he crashed (somewhere in Norfolk) in 1940/41. Now buried in Barnstable.
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Old 13th Feb 2019, 20:46
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The Romans had lots of foresight, and built Ermine Street to connect all of the RAF Stations in Lincolnshire long before they came into being!
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Old 13th Feb 2019, 21:11
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I thought it was an emergency dispersal strip for Jaguars, to use the curvature of the earth for take off.
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 12:17
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The Romans even had the foresight to 'bend' Ermine Street around RW 23 at Scampton.

It was also a very clever thought, to build that bridge in Gainsborough to stop the U-Boats getting down the Trent to shell the Lincolnshire airfields in WW2.
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