RAF Silverstone

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RAF Silverstone

Postby Cluny » Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:19 pm

These were taken at the FIA World Endurance Championship last weekend , sorry for sharing these late :(

Very brief history .

Built in 1942 , Silverstone was home to the Wellingtons of 17 OTU from 1943 to its closure in 1947 . Its been used for motor racing ever since and very little remains [and getting less :( ] to show its airfeld past .

Memorial behind Luffield .
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MT Shed behind Luffield [still serving its original purpose] .
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The only remaining Hangar [a reclad T2 by the looks of it] and wartime concrete by the main entrance .
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Main runway looking north , now used as part of the National [old GP] Paddock .
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One of the Secondary runways looking East , now the Wellington Straight .
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Watch Office still remains by the Wellington Straight although now missing its balcony .
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The last remaining Dispersal behind the National Straight [old pits straight] , another three that were nearby have been dug up since I was last here in August :(
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Northern end of the Main Runway .
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Southern end of the Main Runway looking north .
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And that's about it :(
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Re: RAF Silverstone

Postby Mackrick » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:26 pm

Thanks Paul .... Interesting to see how little is left there.
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Re: RAF Silverstone

Postby Ray C » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:51 pm

Very interesting...So what other tracks were originally airfields....?
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Re: RAF Silverstone

Postby Sooty655 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:48 pm

Ray C wrote:Very interesting...So what other tracks were originally airfields....?

Lots of them. Thruxton, Snetterton, Darley Moor, Croft, Castle Combe and Goodwood come to mind immediately.
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Re: RAF Silverstone

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:03 pm

I remember saying to you when you were showing me round in 2010 that I wasn't surprised but it was still sad that there's so little left :(

RAF Folkingham was turned into a test track for BRM :D
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Re: RAF Silverstone

Postby Gaz » Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:59 am

Bruntingthorpe is now a test track for anyone who wants to pay to use it :D
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