Hawker s Secret Cold War Airfield

Hawker s Secret Cold War Airfield

Surrounded for most of its existence by secrecy, due to the nature of its work, Dunsfold has largely escaped the notice of the general public. This work shines a light on the remarkable work carried out there.

Author: Budgen Christopher

Publisher: Air World

ISBN: 152679800X

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In 1948, Hawker Aircraft, faced with new jet projects that could not use their existing airfield at Langley, began the process of searching for alternative accommodation for their flight-testing requirements. It would, however, take three hard years before Dunsfold Aerodrome would be made available by a reluctant Air Ministry and the company was able to launch its first jet aircraft design - the Sea Hawk - into series production for the Royal Navy, closely followed by the superlative Hunter. Hawker Aircraft would go on to produce nearly 2,000 Hunters before other projects came to the fore. As Hunter production continued in the late 1950s, the company looked to its successor - the Mach 2 capable air superiority fighter designated P.1121, though this would stall before flight in the wake of serious national financial short-falls. With the loss of its premier project, the company came upon a radical new engine proposal and schemed an aircraft around it capable of vertical take-off and landing. While many decried the proposal, claiming it would never amount to anything, the Harrier would go on to prove the nay-sayers wrong as it came into its own during the Falklands War. Following the Harrier, Hawker Siddeley stepped into the competitive trainer aircraft market with the Hawk for the RAF. After completion of the RAF requirement, Hawk was sold into air arms across the world, including the US Navy, an incredible achievement for a UK design. British Aerospace then brought forth the Harrier GR.5, the UK version of the US AV-8B, a completely upgraded and improved Harrier. One might expect that this prolific output was the result of some massive industrial plant in the Midlands rather than an isolated aerodrome tucked in the rural hinterland of south Surrey. Surrounded for most of its existence by secrecy, due to the nature of its work, Dunsfold has largely escaped the notice of the general public. This work shines a light on the remarkable work carried out there.
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Hawker s Secret Cold War Airfield

Hawker s Secret Cold War Airfield

His first delivery from Dunsfold was to Pratica di Mare airbase near Rome, another forty-three deliveries following over the next three years. The aircraft carried USAF ... from 1956, on the Sabres. 100 HAWKER'S SECRET COLD WAR AIRFIELD.

Author: Christopher Budgen

Publisher: Air World

ISBN: 9781526771780

Category: History

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In 1948, Hawker Aircraft, faced with new jet projects that could not use their existing airfield at Langley, began the process of searching for alternative accommodation for their flight-testing requirements. It would, however, take three hard years before Dunsfold Aerodrome would be made available by a reluctant Air Ministry and the company was able to launch its first jet aircraft design – the Sea Hawk – into series production for the Royal Navy, closely followed by the superlative Hunter. Hawker Aircraft would go on to produce nearly 2,000 Hunters before other projects came to the fore. As Hunter production continued in the late 1950s, the company looked to its successor – the Mach 2 capable air superiority fighter designated P.1121, though this would stall before flight in the wake of serious national financial shortfalls. With the loss of its premier project, the company came upon a radical new engine proposal and schemed an aircraft around it capable of vertical take-off and landing. While many decried the proposal, claiming it would never amount to anything, the Harrier would go on to prove the nay-sayers wrong as it came into its own during the Falklands War. Following the Harrier, Hawker Siddeley stepped into the competitive trainer aircraft market with the Hawk for the RAF. After completion of the RAF requirement, Hawk was sold into air arms across the world, including the US Navy, an incredible achievement for a UK design. British Aerospace then brought forth the Harrier GR.5, the UK version of the US AV-8B, a completely upgraded and improved Harrier. One might expect that this prolific output was the result of some massive industrial plant in the Midlands rather than an isolated aerodrome tucked in the rural hinterland of south Surrey. Surrounded for most of its existence by secrecy, due to the nature of its work, Dunsfold has largely escaped the notice of the general public. This work shines a light on the remarkable work carried out there.
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Sculthorpe Secrecy and Stealth

Sculthorpe Secrecy and Stealth

A Norfolk Airfield in the Cold War Peter B. Gunn. from West Raynham, and Royal Navy Hawker Sea Hawks which tested the agility of the B45s to avoid interception. In the majority of cases the B45 proved its worth.

Author: Peter B. Gunn

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 9780750955218

Category: History

Page: 240

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Set in the north Norfolk countryside, Sculthorpe was the hub of offensive operations until its closure in 1944 for upgrading as a base for heavy bombers, its runway ideal for US Strategic Air Command bombers like the B-29. By 1951, it was formally handed over to US control and became a prime front-line nuclear bomber base as well as a centre of intelligence gathering via secret surveillance flights over Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. There are many unanswered questions about the base during this period, not least regarding the ‘RAF Special Duties Flight’ which carried out two overflights of the Soviet Union in 1952 and 1954. After 1962, the airfield once again became a standby base used by the USAF, the RAF and the Army.
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Meteor I vs V1 Flying Bomb

Meteor I vs V1 Flying Bomb

A total of 10,500 missiles were launched as part of the V1 attack, of which 3,957 were destroyed by the defences.

Author: Donald Nijboer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781849087070

Category: History

Page: 80

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A total of 10,500 missiles were launched as part of the V1 attack, of which 3,957 were destroyed by the defences. Indeed, it could have been much worse, for by the end of the war the Germans had manufactured close to 32,000 flying bombs. The defences put forward to guard against the V1 were formidable – 23,000 men and women with their guns, radar and communications networks were installed on coastal sites. Squadrons of Britain's newest Spitfires, the F XIVs, and Hawker Tempest Vs were kept at home to battle the new menace. Rushed into action in July 1944 to help counter the V1 threat, Britain's Gloster Meteor I was the first jet fighter to enter RAF service. On 4 August the Meteor scored its first V1 victory. Having just closed in on a flying bomb, its officer squeezed the trigger but his guns jammed. Using the Meteor's superior speed, he was able to overtake the missile and, using his wing tip, he tipped the craft over and sent it crashing into the ground. The interceptions between the V1 and Britain's Gloster Meteor were historic, and ushered in a new era of aerial combat.
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Flypast

Flypast

SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1 Westland Whirlwind HAR.10 Westland Whirlwind HAR.10 XX734 XP351 XP398 Halesworth Airfield Memorial Museum Halesworth , Suffolk Glasgow Museum of ... Telephone 01270 629219 , or fax 01270 629218. e - mail coldwar ...

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ISBN: IND:30000117508154

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Air Pictorial

Air Pictorial

39.95 British Airfield Buildings - vol.2 ( Innes ) £ 8.95 British Secret Projects : Fighters ( Tony Buttler ) ... 25.00 British Aircraft Before the Great War £ 49.95 Cold War Years : Boscombe Down 1945-75 £ 34.95 Curtiss P - 36 / P - 40 ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105112744359

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Sidney Cotton

Sidney Cotton

Sidney gunned the throttle and took off again finally landing on an airfield fifty miles south of his home base, Ochey. ... Sidney said: 'If you have to fight a war you might as well fight it in France. ... the Australian Harry Hawker.

Author: Jeffrey Watson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780733626951

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 326

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Born in Queensland, Sidney Cotton served as a pilot in World War I and over the next twenty years did everything from delivering mail in Newfoundland to entering the world of aerial reconnaissandce on behalf of M16, making numerous spy flights over Germany and Italy. For a time he had the direct support of Churchill but fell out with the authorities because of his unorthodox style (which included accepting money to fly people out of Paris as it fell). He ran guns in India after partition and led the high life - but in the end was left bankrupt after oil exploration in Saudi Arabia went wrong.
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Aviation News

Aviation News

The following year Latvia ordered 30 Hawker Hurricanes and 12 Westland Lysanders but priorities in Britain prevented ... received two Let - 410UVPT transports gifted by Germany to add to other Russian types remaining from the Cold War .

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105133520937

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Flying Magazine

Flying Magazine

As Cold War tensions and suspicions intensified, rumors of Soviet misconduct abounded. ... four storm systems while en route from Long Island's Republic Airport to the Le Bourget airfield in Paris, and had two minor bouts of icing, ...

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Encyclopedia of the Korean War

Encyclopedia of the Korean War

See Hiller H - 23 Raven Haas , Michael E. , 255 Hackworth , 418 Hadong , battle of ( July 1950 ) , 105 Haeju ... 181 , 225 , 271 , 519 Hao Zrifan , 256 Hapch'on , 337 Hara Kei , 96 Harbin Airfield , 338 Harding , Harry , 256 Harriman ...

Author: Spencer C. Tucker

Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated

ISBN: 1576070298

Category: History

Page: 1123

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Brief entries provide information on battles, military and political leaders, military organizations and operations, United Nations commands and committees, geographical locales, and United States military policy.
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Battle Over Britain

Battle Over Britain

The Danish airfields of Aalborg East and tional bases at Oslo - Fornebu and Stavanger - Sola , so it Aalborg West fell to ... In the dull , As stated above the British were already far advanced with cold Arctic light these few fighters ...

Author: Francis K. Mason

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: WISC:89035128933

Category: History

Page: 539

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Indian Aviation

Indian Aviation

Daring World War IIThe first deliveries have been made February 1942 - be was appointed ing , this will seriously ... the pressure After the war he was at the Air weighs more than 200 pounds . on the other runway will be only Cold ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105015349140

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Newsweek

Newsweek

... but Australia , with de- Colombia and who before the war was a To meet this Nazi fighter menace the fense points sometimes separated from civilian pilot Aying for the Dutch . Chery- British are counting on the new Hawker main bases ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105007058121

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Wireless World

Wireless World

The “ Amateur " Prisoner - of - War A well - known amateur who , while a prisoner - of - war from 1941-45 in Oflag 9 A / Z , built and operated secret radio sets , has died at his home in Harrogate . He was Ernest Shackleton , M.B.E. ...

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