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RAF Chelveston

Last modified: 07 Dec 2016, submitted by: Joker

Country: United Kingdom    Region: Northamptonshire

Latitude: 52° 18' 7" N     Longitude: -1° 27' 51" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


Former RAF Chelveston; WW2 RAF/USAAF bomber base. 1950-1960 allocated to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) with a new jet runway. No permanent units assigned. The station's mission was to be a reserve airfield, kept in a state of high readiness to receive USAF units from the CONUS in the event of an emergency. B-47 Stratojet were familiar at Chelveston as wings deployed on 90-day rotations. AIrfield in reserve status until 1969. Rwy demolished and closed 1970.
As part of UK STCICS a signals facility was retained on the former airfield site, with a large array of antennas. The site incorporated a microwave relay mast linking the site with MoD London and RAF Strike Command High Wycombe. One mast was of 600W power that transmitted RAF VOLMET on 5.450 MHz USB and 11.253 MHz USB. The site was disposed of by MoD in 2005, becoming converted into a wind energy park.

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