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    Default Stretton Airfield, HMS Blackcap near Warrington


    Hi all,
    Ive been meaning to get some pictures of this site for a while. Me and the Missus (Illegally_Blond) have been using this site as our personal running track for a few weeks now, its ace because its totally deserted. not much is left, but there are a few gems worth going to look at.

    The History Bit.
    RNAS Stretton was originally planned as a Royal Air Force night fighter station to protect Liverpool and Manchester from Luftwaffe air raids during World War II. However changes in German tactics meant that the airfield was not required so it was transferred to the Admiralty on completion. Three runways and numerous hangars had been built.

    HMS Blackcap was commissioned on 1 June 1942 and forty-one Fleet Air Arm Squadrons were based here for varying periods with some aircraft being flown directly to and from aircraft carriers operating in the Irish Sea and other nearby waters.

    The Airfield was closed on the 4th November 1958. In recent years, Oil Giant Shell, used the Airfield to test engines, and they built a control tower, this is not to be confused with the origional tower, as that is now long gone. A few of the origional building are still standing, but you need to keep your eyes peeled for them, as many are within Appleton Thorn Industrial Estate. The Runway is in remarkably good nick, as are 2 Air Raid Shelters and a Water Resovoir. Any way, on with the Pictures.

    The Runway















    The Water Resovoir







    Shelter No.1



















    Shelter No.2













    A few random Shots of the remaining buildings and rubble











    And there you go. I love this site, it is always deserted, and quiet, with loads of different aspects of wildlife, and a great explore if you look hard enough.
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    Cheers Tom. You can never have too many pics of airfields. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_historian View Post
    ...You can never have too many pics of airfields. :)
    Absolutely!!!
    Some good finds there, Tom. Really liking the shots of the runways though...there's something about the wind-swept wide-openess of an airfield. Nice one. :)
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    Default R.n.a.s. Blackcap


    Hiya mate.
    When you were exploring,did you see a bloke in motorbike leathers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by urko1 View Post
    Hiya mate.
    When you were exploring,did you see a bloke in motorbike leathers?
    Sorry Urko, I cant say that I did. Ive been going almost everyday with the missus, we run the outer path around the runway on a daily basis, and to be honest, besides a couple of lads on a quad in the next field I havent ever seen anyone there.

    I do know the local Chav-sticks are trying to find a way to get cars on the runway, so they can use it as a Drag Strip, but I have it on very good authority that they have absolutely no chance of abusing it, and anyone who does so will be prosecuted.

    The site is to stay as it is for the next couple of years at least.
    Last edited by tom83; 11th Apr 09 at 22:40. Reason: Bad spalling
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    Hi mate, nice pics, good to see some of it is still there.

    But I think you need to add a flashearth image of the area, to get an idea of the runway layout and buildings etc.
    Just a suggestion :)
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    Nice one, only up the road from me but I haven't got round to having a mooch around here. I remember reading somewhere there is a battle HQ on the other side of the motorway. :)

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    Hi t n m
    Yeah the opposite side of the motorway is littered with buildings and hangers that were part of this site, but they are mostly being used for industrial storage. Most of them are now under Appleton Thorn Young Offenders Prison.
    Last edited by tom83; 12th Apr 09 at 10:41. Reason: Crap link
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    Hi Urban Mole,

    I have no idea how flash earth works, Ill have a play with it later. Heres a pic of the Airfield.

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    nice to see there are some of the original bits and pieces are still there and the fact that the chav's are being kept out is great, hopefully it will survive a good few years longer without their presence

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