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Great Britain Long Marston Airfield - March 2020

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Long Marston Airfield - March 2020

I'd been scratching my head for a while looking for abandoned planes and decided a holiday to Cornwall or Croatia was needed to see some then remembered Long Marston is only an hour drive from me! With that daft realisation we headed over to Stratford to see what was left, I had been there about 5 years ago when there were 3 planes including the much photographed plane with the angry face,

The airfield has now completely closed since my first visit and with no more events planned for the site I can only assume the redevelopment plans for housing are going ahead.

We had a fun hour or so photographing the Avro Shackleton

History

RAF Long Marston Airfield opened in 1941 with 3 runways arranged in an 'A' shape, an air traffic control tower and 3 hangers, It was built to operate as a satellite station to a new bomber operational training unit.

In 1954 it was decommissioned and renamed 'Long Marston Airfield'. Up till recently the site has been used for shows, motor-sports events, model aircraft flying, and even used a pad for motorbike training.

The Avro Shakleton we explored was a British long-range maritime patrol aircraft. It was developed by Avro from the Avro Lincoln bomber, which itself had been a development of the famous wartime Avro Lancaster bomber.

More history can be found here https://web.archive.org/web/20121115200518/http://www.longmarstonmodelairshow.co.uk/History.aspx

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The Avro Shackleton, explorers will remember a few years back this was surrounded by shrubbery,


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Interior shot from https://www.thegrowler.org.uk/avroshackleton/ for comparison

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Cockpit
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Bombers seat up front
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sleeping area
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lots of lovely stencilled signs such as these flares
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tail end
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Obligatory selfie with my co-pilot
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Shortly after my friend nipped there with his lad .......
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Very nice, drove past here the other week on the way home, completely forgot to stop by as well.
Definitely worth a mooch if you're in the area. I had seen a post a few weeks back with the other plane too, with that being gone now's the time to nip round to see this one before it potentially goes too.
 

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I've been on that plane a few times in the past, sadly at the end of 2017 the race track closed down for the last time. I was going there for over 25 years racing and working there! some evenings would go over to the planes. I see the other one has now gone and this one will be going in the near future.
 

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Yeah strange to see this has been dragged out onto the main runway so as mentioned I imagine it will be gone shortly.
Wonder if it will be saved?
 
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