RAF Coningsby Remote Weapons Store April 2019 & 2020

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FunkyMuffin

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RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire is one of two RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Stations which protect UK airspace and is home to two frontline, combat-ready squadrons. It is also the training station for Typhoon pilots. Although a live site, the derelict weapons store lies just to the north-east. The facility was built for the purpose of storing and preparing weapons including missiles and bombs, situated in a separate compound in order to reduce the quantity of explosives stored within the base. An incident occurred in 1971 when an electrostatic discharge caused a SNEB rocket that was being prepared to initiate its rocket motor. Two armourers were killed in the incident.


The Explore:

I’ve been here twice, both with fellow explorers and non members. I was sad to see so much had been moved since my first visit in 2019. I’d lost a lot of my pics from the first visit and was keen to have another go. I loved it as much the second time around.



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Thanks for looking 🙂
 
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Superb report. Stupidly, this place has escaped me. In fact many of the big sites in my native Lincolnshire have ironically.
Thank you kindly sir!
On no! I only found out about it through a friend. The first visit was great, the second I found they had moved most of the stuff outside and were in the process of welding all the doors shut. Funny thing is I hadn’t realised it was so close to the live part of the base 😂
 

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A nice set of pics there. I made a visit here about four years ago. And having been to quite a lot of bomb dumps this is by far my favourite.
 

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Does anybody know what mercury thallium was used for (picture of metal door has mention of this at the the top of the door frame)
Had a good google but cant find anything specific,
Thanks in advance
 

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Does anybody know what mercury thallium was used for (picture of metal door has mention of this at the the top of the door frame)
Had a good google but cant find anything specific,
Thanks in advance
From Wikipedia: "

Other uses​

A mercury–thallium alloy, which forms a eutectic at 8.5% thallium, is reported to freeze at −60 °C, some 20 °C below the freezing point of mercury. This alloy is used in thermometers and low-temperature switches.
 

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I am surprised at the abandoned forklift trucks the 7 Ton Henley is a bit of a museum piece but still worth £10,000 and the small orange one looks like a newish Toyota costing £30,000 new, been a few years since I worked in the air freight industry but there was always a waiting list for used trucks and it was devils own job to pick up some short term rentals when we had a surge in business.
 

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NIcely done FM, I loved this place when I went with my lad & had the tornados taking off right overhead.
I believe this is now being used again & an guessing the forklift was from your 20 visit as they had started doing something with it last year
 

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From Wikipedia: "

Other uses​

A mercury–thallium alloy, which forms a eutectic at 8.5% thallium, is reported to freeze at −60 °C, some 20 °C below the freezing point of mercury. This alloy is used in thermometers and low-temperature switches.
I mentioned I had googled it and there wasnt much and , yes its says that in wiki, BUT how does it relate to munitions?
if anyone knows the actual answer please reply!
 

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I mentioned I had googled it and there wasnt much and , yes its says that in wiki, BUT how does it relate to munitions?
if anyone knows the actual answer please reply!

It's contained in the Sidewinder (AIM-9) Seeker head. The notice will refer to spillage and safety precautions.
 

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Superplum, many thanks, had a suspicion would be IR related.
 
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