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    Default RAF Church Fenton - Tadcaster - Dec 2016


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    After the war it at first retained its role as a fighter base, being among the first to receive modern jet aircraft, namely the Gloster Meteor and the Hawker Hunter. Between October 1950 and March 1957 it was the base of No. 609 Squadron RAF, within the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and named "North Riding". The unit was equipped with Gloster Meteors.

    For some years it was home to the Royal Navy Elementary Flying Training School (RNEFTS) using the Jet Provost T3, and again 1979-1992, triggered by the introduction of the Panavia Tornado, being the first station to receive the new turboprop-powered Short Tucano T1 basic fast jet trainers. From 1998-2003 Church Fenton was the RAF's main Elementary Flying Training airfield.In later years, its role was mainly flight training. No 7 Flying Training School was based here between 1962 and 1966 and again between 1979 and 1992, equipped with Hunting Jet Provost jet trainers.
    The base is still home to Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron and it is from there that they conduct their flying training in the Grob Tutor Aircraft. Much of the base is now derelict and fenced off and the Officers Mess has been demolished. The airside section of the base remains open with various hangars, engineering support, fire/ambulance facilities and a sports hangar. The base still has a fully functioning and manned Air Traffic Control Tower.

    RAF Church Fenton is also home to 2434 (Church Fenton) Squadron Air Training Corps.

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    You have come away with some great photos. loving the decay and plant life that is now taking over(pic 11) My visit was rushed due to fading light, must get back at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsp77 View Post
    You have come away with some great photos. loving the decay and plant life that is now taking over(pic 11) My visit was rushed due to fading light, must get back at some point.
    Thanks jsp77, yea fading light was the reason I had to go back again the second time, there is that many buildings that look the same and so much overgrowth its very easy to lose yourself in there and where you have and haven't been, still missed some places as well by the looks of other peoples posts.
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    Lovely photos, but some externals would have been nice. Thanks for posting!

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    Proper Job, Thanks
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    A shame to see it going downhill with graffiti now, this still is one of the best RAF bases in the country for pure decay though.
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    This looks a very interesting place and captured lovely, fantastic broken bottle shot and love ferns on the stairs...can u tell i wana go now lol

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    Nicely shot as always m'dear. I loved this place on my two.. no wait three visits.
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    Still a good place for photographing. Some of the buildings still retain certain features such as the original tiles, frosted glass in the hall and a greenhouse which has seemed to sprouted a bit more.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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