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Airstrip near M56 - identification?

Old 7th Mar 2020, 20:31
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Airstrip near M56 - identification?

This is purely a post through sheer curiosity than anything more meaningful!

Driving back to Manchester from North Wales yesterday (Friday 6th March) around 1700-1800 and as I headed Eastbound on the M56, somewhere between Frodsham and High Leigh, I saw a dark coloured aircraft descending below the treeline and disappear just south of the M56. The sun was setting, but it looked to be a dark red/orange coloured aircraft, possibly a PA28?

Just curious if anyone knows what aircraft it could've been, or where it could've been flying into. I wasn't aware of any airfields in this area.


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Old 8th Mar 2020, 09:22
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RNAS Stretton? Closed 1958though
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RNAS_S...(HMS_Blackcap)
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Old 8th Mar 2020, 10:16
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It's Hawksview airstrip. Mainly flexwing microlights but there are a few 3 axis machines there as well.

In deference to their extremely low profile operation that's enough detail.
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Old 8th Mar 2020, 10:27
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Thanks for the pointer. Do we really need to be so secretive? With all respect if they wish to keep a low profile, since you "gave away" the name it is not hard to find. Could it be there's another airstrip to the north-east, very nearby, possibly on the (remains of) the same peripheral road?
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Old 8th Mar 2020, 10:48
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No - the owner there has sold his aircraft and no longer uses that section.
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Old 8th Mar 2020, 15:09
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Thanks for the replies, that aistrip seems to fit the bill.

Curious as to what aircraft I saw, had a very distinctive paint scheme to it... Quick google and it looked similar to G-FRGN. No idea if that operates in the area, though
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 09:33
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That particular PA-28 has been re-registered in Guernsey although not nescessarily based there.



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