SJ7323 : Chetwynd Airfield helicopter training area

taken 4 years ago, near to Pickstock, Telford And Wrekin, Great Britain

Chetwynd Airfield helicopter training area
Chetwynd Airfield helicopter training area
The former grass airstrip of Chetwynd Airfield, now used by the RAF as part of the Shawbury-based Defence Helicopter Flying School. Cropmarks in this aerial shot LinkExternal link suggest that it was much more extensive in the past, and in fact officially opened in Sept 1941 as a Relief Landing Ground for Tern Hill airfield.
It saw operational use with Miles Master & Magister planes and the occasional Spitfire and Hurricane fighter. In 1942, 'E' and 'F' flights of No 5 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit were based at Chetwynd, and used the site for night-flying practice, with sodium flares to light the runways. Its main problem proved to be that the grass strip tended to be waterlogged, and a number of aircraft became bogged down during operations. This situation was repeated in 1999, when an 80-tonne Hercules on a training flight from RAF Lyneham in Wilts landed here, and attempted to turn around. Unfortunately the ground wouldn't stand that sort of mass, and the plane began to list to starboard. It was, eventually, extracted. and flew off under its own power.
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SJ7323, 9 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 22 November, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 23 November, 2014
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military 
Primary Subject of Photo
Airfield 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 7307 2369 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:48.6047N 2:24.0575W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 73132 23506
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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