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Plenty of space on the runway
Plenty of space on the runway - by Vince Hawthorn ©
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Photographer: © Vince Hawthorn (Gallery)(27th August 2013)
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Plenty of space on the runway

Like the runway some of the debris here has seen better days. Peggy asked about the airfield here at Wisley so here is a bit of information. It was built by Vickers in1944 who were working at Brooklands (the very old banked racing track) and the airfield was used for test flying many of their aircraft including the Vickers Valiant. The Valiant was of course one of the "V" bombers of the "Cold War" fame. The airfield was closed down in 1972 and much of the airfield has gone, the runway and a large apron area still remains but that is more or less it. The control tower was unusual in that it was a timber framed cottage but that too has gone. The runway is over a mile long so pictures posted could be put in Ockham, Bridge End or Martyr's End or even Church End at the Western end. To the north is the A3 and on the other side of that is the R.H.S. Gardens of Wisley to answer John's question. At the eastern end is the VOR/DME but that is another picture. At present the area is private land but with a couple of public rights of way marked with crash barriers across the runway (so no drag racing). There have been plans for a massive composting site here but that has been very contentious. You might also note that scenes from the Spielberg film Warhorse were shot here.
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Comment by rustyruth(28th August 2013)

Thanks for all the info Vince.

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Comment by MikeT(28th August 2013)

A great capture and info Vince

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Comment by Peggy CannellPremier Member! Click for more info..(29th August 2013)

Thanks for the picture and info Vince, it reminded me of our local old airfields which are used for other things now including a large Sunday Market, airfields bring back a lot of memories

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