- Jun 7, 2014
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At the risk of upsetting many people but I was fortunate enough to get a holiday last year, so back down to Cornwall it was & although this place has been done to death it was one I wanted to tick off.
Predannack Airfield on the Lizard Peninsula. The runways are operated by the Royal Navy and today it is used as a satellite airfield and relief landing ground for nearby RNAS Culdrose.
It is also home to an RAF Gliding School unit and the Royal Naval School of Fire Fighting, which holds a number of dummy aircraft for fire extinguishing practice, together with a number of retired airframes for personnel rescue practice, such as this disused Westland Wessex (right).
I really enjoyed a solo wander around here though there was a car & 2 guys at the large hanger so I spent an alarming amount of time crawling around in the grass.
As most of you know this is a live site so not the sort of place you want to get caught, but no such dramas occured.
Its a bit pic heavy but Iv tried to keep them a bit different.
Building work began for an RAF advanced night fighter base to protect the nearby ports of Falmouth and Penzance during 1940 and RAF Predannack Down opened in 1941 as part of Portreath Sector. It later transferred to RAF Coastal Command until it went into care and maintenance on 1 Jun 1946. During the Second World War Coastal Command squadrons flew anti-submarine sorties into the Bay of Biscay as well as convoy support in the western English Channel using aircraft such as Beaufighters and De Havilland Mosquitoes.
After a short period of experimental use by Vickers under the supervision of Barnes Wallis around 1951, the base was taken over by the Royal Navy on 15 Dec 1958.
Finally I should mention how nice the moors are around here, being a bit of a wildlife photographer it gave me the chance to combine hobbies.
So of no interest to most of you but here is a pair of whitethroats & stonechat in one pic, which is something Id never achieved before
Thats all from here, thanks for looking