SU1398 : RAF Fairford perimeter fence

taken 8 months ago, near to Dunfield, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

RAF Fairford perimeter fence
RAF Fairford perimeter fence
A section of perimeter fence for RAF Fairford. In the right background is B1 Lancer 85-0084 (see SU1397 : B1 at Fairford).
RAF Fairford :: SU1598
RAF Fairford was constructed in 1944 as a base for the D-Day landings in Normandy. After the end of The Second World War, and the onset of the Cold War, it was one of a number of bases made available for use by the USAF Strategic Air Command. As a consequence in 1950 it was transferred to the USAF who extended the runway to 3000m in length, enabling it to be used by their largest bombers. The long runway meant that it was also used as the UK test centre for Concorde and was also a designated landing emergency landing base for the Space Shuttle.

It served as a USAF base for various campaigns, but ceased its formal role in 1990, after which it was maintained on a standby basis. Nevertheless it continues its use as a forward base for large USAF bombers operating further east, including NATO operations in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a result it plays frequent host to B52 Stratofortresses and B1 Lancers as well as some visits from U2 Dragon Lady spy planes and B2 Stealth bombers.

The base hosts the anneal Royal International Air Tattoo, one of the world's largest military airshows.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 11 June, 2017   (more nearby)
Sunday, 18 June, 2017
Geographical Context
Air transport  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 132 980 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:40.8523N 1:48.6115W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 132 980
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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