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    With time to kill before the Main Explore of the day, we headed to RAF Wittering Bomb Stores. Again, I'm afraid I don't have too much information on the history of this site however
    I did find a little interestng information on Wiki

    "The first Blue Danube was delivered to stockpile at RAF Wittering in November 1953 although there were no aircraft equipped to carry it until the following year. No. 1321 Flight RAF was established at RAF Wittering in April 1954 as a Vickers Valiant unit to integrate the Blue Danube nuclear weapon into RAF service. The Short Sperrin was also able to carry the Blue Danube and had been ordered as a fall-back option, in case the V-bomber projects proved unsuccessful. Declassified archives show that 58 were produced before production shifted in 1958 to the smaller and more capable Red Beard weapon, which could accept the Blue Danube fissile core and also could be carried by much smaller aircraft. It seems unlikely that all 58 Blue Danube weapons were operational at any given time. Blue Danube was retired in 1962.

    Bomb storage facilities for the weapon were built at RAF Barnham in Suffolk and RAF Faldingworth in Lincolnshire. These sites were built specifically to store bomb components in small building called 'hutches' with the high explosive elements of the weapons stored in dedicated storage areas.The storage facilities were probably closed in 1963 and put up for sale in 1966, the Barnham site becoming an industrial estate. The site at Barnham is a scheduled monument."


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    so what is in the bunker style buildings

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    Nicely Done Rev, Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by theartist View Post
    so what is in the bunker style buildings

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    Shown in the last photo? I'm not sure, we couldn't get in.

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    Ooo this looks cool :) great pics!

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    Very nice indeed - was just looking on map as i was thinking about a visit here - while looking i saw this place and looks a intresting place to have a wonder at.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wothorpe

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    Quote Originally Posted by theartist View Post
    so what is in the bunker style buildings

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    Nothing, they are more bomb storage areas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tazong View Post
    Very nice indeed - was just looking on map as i was thinking about a visit here - while looking i saw this place and looks a intresting place to have a wonder at.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wothorpe
    Oooh nice find, I'll add it to the ever growing map!

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    Nice one, thanks for sharing :)
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