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Old 14th May 2019, 14:02
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Whilst back at Cambridge the till keeps ringing.....
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Old 14th May 2019, 14:12
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Although not for long, it could be Duxford, Cranfield, or Wyton...
They're moving!

Marshalls on the move...

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group announced the relocation of Cambridge Airport earlier this afternoon (May 14).Along with its relocation, the company has announced it will be putting the airport site forward for development as part of the next Local Plan.The Newmarket Road site could provide space for 12,000 new homes as well as around five million square feet of business and commercial space.The family business has said it will continue to prioritise "supporting and retaining its valued and highly skilled workforce" through the move.Commenting on the announcement, Alex Dorrian, Executive Chairman of Marshall said: "This is a momentous day for Marshall when two opportunities coincide to create a launchpad for ambitious long-term plans for the future of Marshall and also for Cambridge."Our commitment to our businesses, our employees, and to Cambridge is driven directly by our shareholders. This is the beginning of an exciting phase for Marshall during which time we will build on our successes and focus ever more closely on delivering a unique Marshall experience to our customers."There is a great deal of ground to be covered before any decisions can be announced and that work is now underway. We will also be working closely with the local planning authorities, as they move to the next stage of the development of the 2030+ local plan." Members of the media were invited to a press conference this afternoon, where news of the move was released.

The news of the Cambridge Airport relocation has come as a shock to many people across the city

When will the relocation take place?

During the conference, Alex Dorrian, Executive Chairman of Marshall, said the development is likely to be completed by 2030.

In the meantime, the company's focus will be on its employees and looking after its customers.In a statement released today a spokesperson for the company said: "We have many significant contracts under way and have recently been increasingly successful in winning new business which will keep us busy for many years."We already have in place a substantial investment programme for the business and the Cambridge site, including the refurbishment of several of our ageing hangars and this will not be affected by the announcement today."


Where will it relocate to?

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has said it is considering three potential new locations: Cranfield, Duxford and Wyton.

These three sites have been chosen with the Marshall workforce in mind.It is understood each of the sites has plenty to offer Marshall, although each of them also has substantial challenges, which will need to be addressed before any final decisions are made. It is still possible, that one or more of these options may ultimately prove not to be viable.

Discussions with stakeholders for all three sites will take place over the coming months.

The new site is expected to be announced next year.
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Old 14th May 2019, 15:20
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Wyton would need a bit of work carrying out to fill in all the rabbit holes under the runway.
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Too late now I know, but Marshalls were looking at Colt a few years ago weren't they?
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Old 14th May 2019, 21:35
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I wonder if Duxford being in the mix is news to the Imperial War Museum?
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Old 15th May 2019, 09:34
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I wonder if Duxford being in the mix is news to the Imperial War Museum?
I'm sure they would happily take the rents (and the landowners on the South side) but the restricted runway length there might be an issue (5k feet rather than 6 K at Cranfield, 6.5K at cambridge and ~8K on Wyton's old main runway)
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[/QUOTE]I thought the usual UK method was to rip out all the perfectly good equipment, give loads of money to BAE to integrate an untested, questionable, mix of gear to get it to the proper level of UK content....



I understand the flight deck is being extended to fit in a navigator and flight engineer. Helps to give the bus drivers extra SA and capacity and keeps the TD in check when he suggests some absolutely stupid operation of the aircraft! ;-)
Hope not, there wasn't enough stimulation to go around when I was a nav on it. Trying to overcome excruciating boredom was the only challenge, there's just not enough work for four although it may have changed since '92 ,but I doubt it. Somewhere near the Balkans at oh-gor-blimey hours in the morning I woke then realised that at that moment I was the only one awake on the flight deck - not the right sort of memory.
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I'm sure they would happily take the rents (and the landowners on the South side) but the restricted runway length there might be an issue (5k feet rather than 6 K at Cranfield, 6.5K at cambridge and ~8K on Wyton's old main runway)
We took BA B744 into Cambridge for interior refits by Marshall’s . Like to see that at Duxford!
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They got a B-52 in there.

Admittedly with no intention of ever taking it out again....
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Originally Posted by Tay Cough View Post
They got a B-52 in there.

Admittedly with no intention of ever taking it out again....
A bit of googling suggests the runway at Duxford has been shortened to circa 4K feet to provide a greater safety margin at the M11 end after the L39 accident
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Seen a rumour suggesting these are two white-tail 737NGs rather than ex-airliners. Which might go some way to explain the story that the Uk aircraft will be -800 aircraft
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Seen a rumour suggesting these are two white-tail 737NGs rather than ex-airliners. Which might go some way to explain the story that the Uk aircraft will be -800 aircraft
Not a rumour, thatís exactly what is planned. The 2 second hand jets are actually brand new.
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Seen a rumour suggesting these are two white-tail 737NGs rather than ex-airliners. Which might go some way to explain the story that the Uk aircraft will be -800 aircraft
That would make more sense, but I do wonder how much will actually be saved by converting those two airframes rather than just ordering new build.
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That would make more sense, but I do wonder how much will actually be saved by converting those two airframes rather than just ordering new build.
Presumably time rather than cost, as the first build slot is 2021, where as an already built airframe can go straight into AWACS conversion

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https://www.boeing.co.uk/news-media-...-supplier.page
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E-7 Wedgetail Conversion Contract Awarded

Off to Birmingham.

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence...138461.article

STH
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Old 21st May 2020, 21:46
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Are there no certification issues in basing UK Wedgetail on the -800 airframe rather than the -700?
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Old 21st May 2020, 21:51
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Not sure how the -800 rumour originated...surely they will be based on the -700, whether second hand (straight from the line though) or new.
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Interesting, wonder what happened to MADG.
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What is the MADG?
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