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25-11-2017, 04:31   #1
stephen 7
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Does anyone remember an raf air base somewhere between gleadless townsend and norton ,i remember going to an open day when i would have been about 10 in the early 60s and saw a huge vulcan bomber with the same wingspan as a concord dont know if it landed or just flew over as i cant remember how big the air base was
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25-11-2017, 06:28   #2
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Yes, the place is a Driving Instruction place now.
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25-11-2017, 08:39   #3
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There was an annual open day at R.A.F. Norton, with flypasts etc. There are several old threads - see here for example.
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27-11-2017, 10:29   #4
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I went on several occasions and I still have a programme from one open day filed away somewhere. There were usually a number of smaller aircraft on static display and a flying display but, from memory, I can only remember helicopters actually landing there.
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28-11-2017, 08:16   #5
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Does anyone remember an raf air base somewhere between gleadless townsend and norton ,i remember going to an open day when i would have been about 10 in the early 60s and saw a huge vulcan bomber with the same wingspan as a concord dont know if it landed or just flew over as i cant remember how big the air base was
Hi, when I lived in Heeley, in the mid 50's I joined the Royal Auxilary Airforce Regiment, and had to go to RAF Norton at the weekends to do my training and I slept over on the Saturday evening in one of the long wooden hut accomodations. There were also Radar operations and maintenance. I was a Wireless Mechanic and working with a regular airman, we fitted Collins Recievers and Transmitters into our Land Rovers. The station was mainly a Radar maintenance unit of various types and a Barrage Ballon unit during the WWII.
I never saw a Vulcan there, but then I got called up to do my National Service in 1958 ,and was posted to Gardigton to do my recruit (Square Bashing).

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