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TOPIC: Cottesmore

Cottesmore 24 Dec 2009 20:01 #11

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Cottesmore 25 Dec 2009 08:51 #12

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Cottesmore 26 Dec 2009 22:02 #13

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I dont have many pics from cottesmore days,I was a rigger on 231 OCU 1972-75.



These pics were taken on the 'loop' pans near the 'elbow' of Hooby Lane,in later years this area became the engine test facility.

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Cottesmore 26 Dec 2009 22:23 #14

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The 'loops' which 231 ocu used I have outlined in light blue.
Just out of interest,I have highlighted in red 2 of the public roads which were closed to allow the runway build,and how they were used as a base for a little of the airfield taxyway/road system.

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Cottesmore 09 Jan 2010 20:32 #15

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Hi guys, anyone know when the runway was realigned, I seem to recall 05/23 from my time there?:confused:

Pete

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Cottesmore 24 Feb 2010 01:55 #16

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REF;37444 wrote: Taken from copies of No.1 AIDU Fast - Jet Terminal Charts (North)

Cottesmore Runway;
05/23 9004x150 ft on 13th July 2000
04/22 9004x197 ft on 27th October 2005

Between the two dates the runway not only changed heading but gained 47ft in width too!


Ah!!!
October 2005, remember it well, we had to add on 23 and 1/2 foot as the tape was missing the first 23 and 1/2 foot.

But on a serious note.
Methods of measuring runways and airfields have changed over the years.
Some shrunk, some grew, some did both.
Lengthwise the measurements changed from threshold to threshold, to landing lights to landing lights, then pianokeys to piano keys, then back to threshold to threshold, then concrete to concrete.
Depending upon who measured to which they used. I understand that widthwise was standardised to a lights to lights. From a concrete to concrete.

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Cottesmore 04 Mar 2010 10:53 #17

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The march has been called off at the request of the Station Commander apparently!

Pete

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Cottesmore 09 Mar 2010 00:59 #18

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cbrjock;37440 wrote: Hi guys, anyone know when the runway was realigned, I seem to recall 05/23 from my time there?:confused:

Pete


In reference to your question Pete.

On Feb 15th 1955 Cottesmore was placed under Care and Maintenance.
Monks of Stamford were given the contract to transform Cottesmore into a 'V' Force base.
The main runway was to be extended to 3000yards with an increased load bearing strength.
the work actually started in May 1955 and was not completed until beginning March 1958.
The Valiant was resident (attachment) whilst their home (Honington) was having a refurbishment of the runway.
The full residents (Victors) arrived April 1958, the first arrival was on the 9th. The last arriving in September.

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Cottesmore 14 Mar 2010 23:34 #19

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Cottesmore 18 Sep 2010 09:49 #20

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Back to Stevo's question....I'd like a WW2 plan for the airfield I want to make for my MS Flight Simulator. I can cobble one together but would ideally like it to be as authentic as possible...Control Towers has nothing but Wikipedia does but without drawings or plans, etc.....
Cheers.

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