TQ6755 : WW2 Control tower, West Malling/ Kings Hill, Kent

taken 9 years ago, near to King's Hill, Kent, Great Britain

WW2 Control tower, West Malling/ Kings Hill, Kent
WW2 Control tower, West Malling/ Kings Hill, Kent
Originally used as a landing area during the first World War, the site opened as a private landing ground and in 1930, then known as Kingshill, home to the Maidstone School of Flying, before being renamed West Malling Airfield, and, in 1932, Maidstone Airport.
As war approached, the airfield was taken over by the military, to become RAF West Malling in 1940, serving in the front line against the Luftwaffe.
The station saw further service after the war, first with some of the RAFs first jet squadrons, and later as US Naval Air Station.
After closure as an operational air station in 1969, West Malling acquired a more civilian guise, hosting several major Great Warbirds Air Displays during the 70s and 80s, until eventually closing completely as an airfield. The site is now developing into a new village community of mixed residential, commercial, and civic amenities, but still retains several features of its military aviation heritage.
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The control tower now lays abandoned and waiting restoration and eventual new use.
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TQ6755, 38 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Friday, 13 February, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 26 January, 2010
Category
World War II defences   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 672 552 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:16.2843N 0:23.7819E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 672 551
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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