Battle Of Britain Airfields 60 Years Later...

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    It was always interesting to visit the old bases when I was there. Some were active cold war bases and to see the old buildings with guys still working in them gave me a sense of the history that must reside in the buildings.

    To step onto a base like Molesworth, that originally housed the 303rd BG "Hells Angels" is like a step into the past. Gave me chills.
     
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    Really interesting to see how things have changed in the landscape and the sense of history in the surving bases must be special
     
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    i wonder if there's any memorials or museums at any of them, i'd have thought there would be.........
     
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    How about Duxford? ;)
     
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    Ah, interesting.
     
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    There is some interesting aviation history there! We used to have 2 airports in Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park. Sadly, they are both closed now and there is no trace of either. But the movie "It's a mad mad mad mad world" was filmed at one of them, although there were some modifications made to it for the filming.
     
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    Commercial progress sometimes destroys what will be important historic sites with out realizing it Evan its a shame but inevitable. Next time I'm at the trip wire on the end of the run way I'll get a shot of the wartime pill box that's still there lads.
     
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    There's loads of airfields around here that were in service during World War 2 - there's two in Doncaster, there's RAF Finningley and Sandtoft. The two in Doncaster have been built over and there's nothing left - I walk over one of the airstrips when going to the Cinema!

    RAF Finningley closed down in 1994 - and is now an airport, quickly becoming an international one.

    Sandtoft is an airstrip - they use the taxi way as a runway these days for C-150s and C-170s - a potato factory is on the end of the old runway.
     
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    we have barely any airfields down here........
     
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