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2011 Barford St. John RAF Air Base.

One amazing highlight for the year was the 70th anniversary of the opening of the airfield at Barford St John. The airfield had a number of uses being built for flying training, then used for Wellington bombers then Mosquito’s. It’s most famous use though was that of a test site for Gloster E.28/39 Whittle/ Pioneer and F.9/40 Meteor jets. Tony and Bill king thought this anniversary too important to let pass and arranged a commemoration ceremony with the USAF who currently use the airfield as a communications site. Almost all of the war time buildings have gone although the runways, hard standings and perimeter track still exist. The USAF were incredibly obliging and allowed us to place a memorial plaque on a donated three ton iron stone near the entrance. They provided a colour guard, PA system and guard of honour. This combined with approximately 150 visitors including many civic dignatories and with us providing 15 military vehicles this created a fabulous sense of occasion. We were very anxious to explore the site but as this was a live base we could not go unescorted. To get around this we loaded up our green machines with USAF personnel and drove down the main runway. Judging by their laughter, smiles and photographing each other the Air Force guys certainly seemed to enjoy the ride. Certainly one more than the others when Brian allowed him to drive his Jeep to the entrance. A great day out. Many thanks Tony and Bill.



 

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