TG2622 : Cold War blast wall

taken 3 years ago, near to Little Hautbois, Norfolk, Great Britain

Cold War blast wall
Cold War blast wall
Two groups of eight pairs of Y-shaped hardstandings with concrete blast walls large enough to accommodate a squadron’s aircraft were constructed in the Cold War period. The hardstandings between each blast wall were used for parking of a fuel bowser connected to refuelling hoses through a circular hole in the centre of the blast walls. This blast wall protects the jet engine test facility situated on the hardstanding beside it > LinkExternal link.
RAF Coltishall
The station opened in 1939 as a fighter airfield during WW2. It later became a station for night fighters and then for ground attack aircraft until it was closed in 2006. Coltishall was the last surviving operational RAF airfield involved in the Battle of Britain other than RAF Northolt. The station was home to more than 80 fighter squadrons during its time of operation and 207 enemy aircraft were destroyed during the war. The airfield is currently owned by Norfolk County Council, with most of the former domestic site now being occupied by HMP Bure. See also: LinkExternal link
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TG2622, 31 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Friday, 12 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 14 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2603 2226 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.0393N 1:20.8646E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2604 2224
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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