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What UK Airfield Is This?  
User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2469 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3381 times:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2387009...72381391/in/set-72157623557579019/

I dont normally bother to take photos in flight, but had my camera out as this was on board the AF A380 CDG - LHR.

We were in a holding pattern to the east of London and I recognized STN and we flew over the Thames estuary right over the Dartford Crossing and then this airfield shortly afterwards, and we flew in a circle three times.

I assumed it was Biggin Hill, but a quick check of google maps shows it is not. Not Redhill either, nor Headcorn as I went there.

I checked out Southend, Stapleford, Duxford, North Weald & Elstree in case I was going mad and was back over the river again, which we must have done to have gone over the Dartford bridge 3 times.

I know someone on here will be able to identify it!


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User currently offlineblooBirdie From Lesotho, joined Sep 2003, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3307 times:

I thinks it's Kenley, near Caterham.

Google maps LINK.

More info HERE and there's always WIKIPEDIA, of course!


User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2984 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2890 times:

It looks like top gears test track, but I'm nt sure.


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User currently onlinebmibaby737 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1810 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2839 times:

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 2):
It looks like top gears test track, but I'm nt sure.

No, you'd see G-BDXJ in the shot if so.


User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2984 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

Quoting bmibaby737 (Reply 3):

You're right. It's not that field.



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User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6737 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2808 times:

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 2):
It looks like top gears test track, but I'm nt sure.

That's Dunsfold, where they used to build Harriers.


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User currently offlineWoof From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2773 times:

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 4):
Quoting bmibaby737 (Reply 3):

You're right. It's not that field.

It is most definatley Dunsfold (of TopGear fame). Looks like the 747 has been moved.

Quoting oly720man (Reply 5):
That's Dunsfold, where they used to build Harriers.

Yip


User currently offlinekl5147 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2005, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2744 times:

Quoting blooBirdie (Reply 1):
I thinks it's Kenley, near Caterham

I think you are right

Quoting oly720man (Reply 5):
That's Dunsfold, where they used to build Harriers.
Quoting Woof (Reply 6):
It is most definatley Dunsfold (of TopGear fame). Looks like the 747 has been moved.

The runway and taxiway layout is very different from pic YVRLTN posted in flickr



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User currently offlineWoof From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2725 times:

Quoting kl5147 (Reply 7):
The runway and taxiway layout is very different from pic YVRLTN posted in flickr

Doh, sorry. I was looking at oly720man's pic in reply 5, rather than the OP's photo.

Feeling a tad stupid now!


User currently offlinemandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6858 posts, RR: 75
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2705 times:

It's RAF Kenley as per blooBirdie's post.
The photo is taken facing south.
It's nearer to Redhill and Gatwick than Dartford crossing...

Mandala499



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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2469 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2401 times:

Quoting mandala499 (Reply 9):
It's RAF Kenley as per blooBirdie's post.

Bingo - thanks blooBirdie. Thought I knew all the airfields in London, but never heard of this one. It did occur to me after posting there was a distinct lack of aircraft on the ground and markings on the runway and other infrastructure.

Quoting mandala499 (Reply 9):
The photo is taken facing south.

   Headed over the Dartford Crossing and turned right and I was sat on the left of the plane.

Quoting mandala499 (Reply 9):
It's nearer to Redhill and Gatwick than Dartford crossing...

Must have been going way faster than I thought - soon is relative I guess. Thats quite the holding pattern actually, circle STN & Kenley three times.



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User currently offlinetristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4009 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2260 times:

Quoting mandala499 (Reply 9):
It's RAF Kenley

Well I must be one of few a net members to have actually flown out of Kenley.
In fact my first ever flight was a 5 min hop in a RAF Wessex in 1964.


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