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Another airfield desecrated by the 'pongoes':

http://images.fotopic.net/?id=42053001&noresize=1


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LaurieB wrote:

Another airfield desecrated by the 'pongoes':

http://images.fotopic.net/?id=42053001&noresize=1



        You've done it again young man. Bicester/Oakington



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Monty, when I click on the link, the Oakington photo opens.  What are you getting?

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LaurieB wrote:

Monty, when I click on the link, the Oakington photo opens.  What are you getting?



        This one ok. It was duplicated as Bicester.



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I went to LongStanton few years ago & we horrified to see it was Asylum detention center, the village looked really good, then i saw all these illegals walking round the village.

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2007 

Government announced a NEW TOWN to be built there, covering the LongStanton,  Oakington,  Bar Hill,   Triangle.

i was there as OC  Ground School in days it was Pilot Training on the Varsity.

Locals used to complain about night flying, i think they have alot more worries now !!!


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johncare wrote:

I went to LongStanton few years ago & we horrified to see it was Asylum detention center, the village looked really good, then i saw all these illegals walking round the village.

In NEWS
2007 

Government announced a NEW TOWN to be built there, covering the LongStanton,  Oakington,  Bar Hill,   Triangle.

i was there as OC  Ground School in days it was Pilot Training on the Varsity.

Locals used to complain about night flying, i think they have alot more worries now !!!




They complained more and louder when I was there in the early fifties when the training aircraft was Vampires.
Eric



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We had a couple of local eccentrics,one was a chap who somehow could be found cycling round the peri track during flying!When stopped all he could say was"when are the Vampires coming back!!)Guess he didnt like Varsitys!The other was an old lady who didnt like our night flying,she lived on the approach path,she was a regular at the guard  room complaining until one day she lost it and proceeded (from the back of her car )to throw paint all over the guardroom!!!Looked quite pretty too!The village had two pubs ,the "Hoops"and the "Black Bull"and great rivalry exsisted,I used to play darts for the Bull and one night vounteered to mark for the ladies match between the two pubs,well this ended in a disaster when a fight broke out between all the women ,all the men fled outside until peace was restored!Yes Oakington was a quite little station but it had its moments!Oh yes ,one monday morning while doing pre-flights etc it became known to us that all the pins from the nosewheel steering had gone missing!!Turned out someone was working his ticket and ambled into HQ and offered to say where they were if he was released!!Needless to say this promise was not kept and he got six months!!Any more storys from Oakington out there!!!?

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Went to Oakington as an Air Cadet on summer camp only to find it was a dead station as the runways were being relaid. Every thing had been moved to RAF Gravely about twenty miles away. This summer camp we got no flying whatsoever but we were bussed to Gravely and helped out on the line on starter crews with the asbestos blanket, and for some reason that was never explained holding back the wing tip to assist the pilot to turn.

All the Vampires were lined up along the centre line of the unused runway I seem to remember there was about fourty or fifty of them made up of two thirds of them T.11s and the other third of FB.5s. It was at this time that the noises and smells of the line operation really got to me which I suppose sealed my fate as I spent most of the next fifty years of my working life as a linie both military and civvie although I did do a few stints in heavy maintenance and manufacture as well.

AL.

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Night stopped Oakington on July 18th 1975. Had ferried a Herc to Marshalls, the crew bus driver was out of hours and the Captain had relatives living nearby. The mess was shut when we arrived so the Loadie and I strolled to the nearest pub for something to eat. We were in shirt sleeve order, after our meal the Landlord told us that where was a do on in the NAAFI. There was someone on the door selling tickets for a stripper night when we arrived. We asked if it was an all ranks club to which he said no but if we took our shoulder stripes off he would let us in for free as we were visiting. We spent the evening talking to lots of guys who wanted to know all about NCO Aircrew, one of the best nights I've spent anywhere, okay Gus, I know the Albatross in Gander takes some beating.
Funnily enough I quite often drive past on my way to get onto the A14, although the signs say that the road is closed.

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I had a great week at Oakington as an A.T.C. cadet in Summer 1964. I think the song for the Olympics was constantly played on the juke box in the N.A.A.F.I. sung by some Japanese guy I think.
We were only a small squadron of about eight cadets and officers. Because there were so few of us we got a fair bit of flying in Chipmunks and Varsity's. Our W.O. got a flight in a T.11. God how I envied him.
I remember one 'chippie' flight well, as the officer piloting us that day must have disliked air cadets, we were allowed a waggle of the stick, but if the aircraft did'nt go exactly where he demanded, you had an earfull of terrible abuse, followed by "I have control" and five minutes of violent aeros' ( well, for a Chipmunk anyway.) I still loved every second of it.
All I ever wanted to do was fly.
The other memorable flight was in a Varsity, with only myself and another cadet plus of course the Instructor and student. We were to do 'circuit and bumps' for about an hour at a satelite air field, the name of which escapes me. Anyway, we were told not to move about as we'd upset the C of G, and the aircraft would sit on its tail. Now, I believed this would happen in flight, which was o.k. untill I needed a pee. It seemed very busy in the front office so I did'nt wish to bother them with my request to use the can, and we were only in level flight for a short time. After every circuit I would think, nay wish, we were going back to to Oakington, but no, round we'd go again.
I might have made it were it not for a manouvre I'd not encountered before, when high and close in on finals, both throttles were closed and the nose pointed to what seemed like almost vertical, then pulled out of the ensuing dive, flared, and a nice touch down.
It was at the leveling out and touch down stage that my massively over stretched bladder gave up the unequal struggle and let go. I was horrified at what I'd done to one of her Majestys' lovely aeroplanes. Of course my oppo' thought it was hilarious and only just stopped doing the same. ( he went on to fly for B.A. )
When on arrival back at Oakhampton, I thought we'll be polite and allow the Sky Gods to exit the aircraft first, and maybe nobody would notice, but the instructor knew better than to leave a couple of brats in his aircraft without supervision. So,as we stood up, the large dark patch now spreading across the front of my trousers became all to visible.
The look on his face is burned forever into my memory. It was one of surprise, then utter contempt. Not surprising really. Not a word was spoken, and we all quietly left the aircraft, never to meet again. 'I took a fair bit of stick over that.
I do not have the serial of that Varsity, but it was coded 'N' on the fin. I was probably responsible for the early scrapping of it due to severe corrosion to the cabin floor!

We would also catch a bus, or hitch into Cambridge, pretend we were 'proper' R.A.F. in the pubs, ( which I'm sure was never believed ) and get a bit p***ed. It would'nt have taken much. God knows how we got past the gate on return.

One last memory is of the superb solid models on the walls of the mess. ( airmans? ) At every meal time we'd try to work out how to pinch a few. It was never going to happen.

Jeff


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