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mao10

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Re: RAF Lympne
« Reply #31 on: July 21, 2010, 15:13:28 »
Are the remaining buildings/shelters and Battle HQ along Otterpool Lane easily accessible without being arrested for trespassing or having to go to the zoo?


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« Reply #30 on: July 21, 2010, 14:12:40 »
I visited the Lympne airfield site yesterday as part of the tour of Kent Battle of Britain sites organised by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent.  We held a short wreath laying ceremony at the site of one of the underground shelters in the grounds of the Port Lympne Zoo, and I noticed that a number of derelict wartime buildings could be seen, unfortunately, the area is rather overgrown, and those of us who ventured close to the entrance to the shelter for a photo shoot had to trample the thistles down, however, this did not deter the Lady Councillor from getting in close.  If I may add, the zoo staff who were present were most helpfull and would very much like to do something with the site.

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« Reply #29 on: January 04, 2010, 18:57:27 »
Skyways of London operating out of Lympne. Filmed in 1950. No sound.

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« Reply #28 on: August 13, 2009, 00:27:30 »
Sorry and your welcome in one answer - its a great pic. The Seafang is so rare a plane its great to see one came to Kent.

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« Reply #27 on: August 11, 2009, 22:50:31 »
Thanks for the correction RWTA.  :-[
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« Reply #26 on: August 11, 2009, 21:54:55 »
Excellent pic although the caption is about face. Your looking at the cowling of the Sea Fury with the Supermarine Seafang in the background. A rare outing as these never went into production for the armed services due to the war ending. The Seafang and the Spiteful (RAF version) were the very last related designs dating from the Spitfire.

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« Reply #25 on: August 07, 2009, 17:43:41 »
Folowing the years of RAF occupation from the late Thirties, Lympne Airfield returned to a peaceful existance on 22nd May 1945, when Lympne Flying Control ceased to function and the last RAF unit of No.567 Squadron transfered to Hawkinge.

With memories of the halcyon days during the thirties and bombed hangars bearing testimony to the war years, Lympne staged the return of the Folkestone Trophy on 31st August and 1st September 1946.

The competitors would take of to the South West in strong winds, necessitating a sharp turn on the first leg towards Capel Airship Shed. A 300 degree turn to starboard would take them to the Folkestone harbour Light. Followed by eight miles of surf-hopping along the coast to the Hythe gasometer then a short climb to the fourth turn in the centre of the air field.



Two contestants line-up for the High Speed Handicap. Vickers Seafang VG475 Farthest. Flown by Lieutenant-Commander M.J. Lithgow. Nearest stands a Hawker Fury NX802 Piloted by W. Humble. The eventual winner!


(Heavily edited from Bygone Kent volume 11 no.1)
      
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« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2009, 21:50:17 »
Old Pics of Lympne -

The Aircraft Acceptance Park showing aircraft before being ferried to France 1917.


Prototype Sopwith Dolphin and Sopwith Camel N6336 transiting through Lympne June 1917.


Hawker Cygnet after winning the Light Aviation Trials 1926.


Selection of pictures from the Light Aviation Trials held 1923-6.


Lympnes Belfast Hangars built 1917 destroyed 1940.


Sunday 25 Aug 1935 International Rally


Lympne covered in snow March 1944 showing Typhoons of 137 sqn and Spitfires of 403 sqn.


1947 Lympne Air Race and Gp Capt "Cats Eyes" Cunningham takes off in DH Vampire F3 VF332 of 601 sqn. He came 5th with a speed of 494.63mph.


1948 Lympne Air Race Hawker Fury NX802 one of only two prototypes built and exported to the Pakistan Air Force in 1949. In the second photo Cunningham is seen on the left and Hawker test pilot Neville Duke is in the centre. In the third photograph Neville Duke climbs into the cockpit of NX802.




Bristol Freighter Mk21 in July 1946. It was the last Silver City airliner to leave in Sept 1954.

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« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2009, 10:20:05 »
Here is a shot of the barracks in the aftermath of the German attacks in August 1940 which devastated the airbase


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« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2009, 09:42:37 »
Heres a link to a website that shows the layout of the Battle HQ.    http://www.pillbox-study-group.org.uk/battleHQpage.htm

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« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2009, 13:35:03 »
Just joined an aviation forum and posted about lympne. Here the link to the thread theres some more info about it on here http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/showthread.php?t=87489  :)

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« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2009, 13:23:24 »
Very intriguing - never heard that one before. I wonder why they chose Lympne?
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« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2009, 09:53:18 »
Got one for you. In late 1940 a plot was hatched for hitler to be kidnapped by Hans Baur his personal pilot and flown to England in a focke-wulf condor. The base chosen to land at was was Lympne!!!  ;D

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« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2009, 22:49:50 »
In the last photo above, the row in trees on the right is a gap, this is where I parked and went into the field to take the photos below.

In the trees on the left of the gap is a shelter, the only one I could see that is outside the fenced off area.

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Ran out of film taking this photo.





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« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2009, 19:26:23 »
The commercial service from ashford to Beauvais ran from Lympne till October 1974 when it moved to lydd. This was the end of the line for lympne unfortunatly

 

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