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Woodbridge / Sutton Heath 12 Oct 2008 14:02 #1

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Now of course an Army base, but once this was a bristling USAF Air Base, much remains within from The Cold War days including this watch tower

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Woodbridge / Sutton Heath 11 May 2009 17:48 #2

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A few photos taken 11th April 2009

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Woodbridge / Sutton Heath 11 May 2009 19:21 #3

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That's not fair REF, posting those pics. I won't to go there :x
You can seriously go off some people :D

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Woodbridge / Sutton Heath 31 May 2009 14:29 #4

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One from my little bimble out today

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Woodbridge / Sutton Heath 31 May 2009 14:39 #5

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Are the other two runways (of the three parallel ones) still the wartime surface or were they rebuilt postwar?
I assume they were originally sand and bitumen and it may explain the density of the flora if they were not.

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Woodbridge / Sutton Heath 01 Jun 2009 20:11 #6

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PNK wrote: I assume they were originally sand and bitumen ...

I remember the 3 ELG weren't identical. From AP3236 -
Woodbridge: 6" sand-mix on consolidated sand and gravel.
Manston: 9" consolidated chalk foundation, overlaid with bituminous macadam for 1,850 yards, plus 6" concrete for remainder.
Carnaby: 20" sand and slag foundations overlaid with 4" sand-mix.

(And just to show you can't believe everything you read, the table gives runway data for the three VHB stations at Lakenheath, Marham and Scunthorpe.) :roll:

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Plan A is always more effective when the problem you are working on understands that Plan B will involve the use of dynamite :twisted:.

Woodbridge / Sutton Heath 02 Jun 2009 11:46 #7

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An interesting subject in its own right. Pity nobody knows the location of the original Canterbury one which ended up at Manston.

I assume that "sand-mix" is the sand and bitumen?

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Woodbridge / Sutton Heath 02 Jun 2009 13:07 #8

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PNK wrote: I assume that "sand-mix" is the sand and bitumen?

Yes - just had a look at 'Works' again. Sand-mix was developed in the Middle East, but research was needed to use it in the UK since ME sand was always dry, and UK sand was almost always wet. A wetting agent was developed to allow the coating of the sand particles by the bitumen.

I guess not a lot of people know that!

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Woodbridge / Sutton Heath 02 Jun 2009 19:29 #9

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PNK wrote: Are the other two runways (of the three parallel ones) still the wartime surface or were they rebuilt postwar?.


I thought it was just one very wide runway?
Is the central part still maintained for flying, looks in good nick from the air?

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Woodbridge / Sutton Heath 02 Jun 2009 19:55 #10

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mawganmad wrote:

PNK wrote: Are the other two runways (of the three parallel ones) still the wartime surface or were they rebuilt postwar?.

I thought it was just one very wide runway?

Physically one very wide runway, but actually divided into 3 strips by drainage and sectionalised lighting (different colours). Each 3,000 yard strip was then split into three shorter strips making nine panels of 80 x 1,000 yards. One strip was reserved for aircraft with no radio. The lighting allowed runway delineation in the event of a crash.

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