View Full Version : Sleap

15-06-2009, 19:44
taken 2009


Peter Kirk
15-06-2009, 21:09
Another great shot. You've been busy Blackadder. I take it your from Shropshire :)

30-09-2009, 16:30
taken in 2002


taken 2007

20-02-2010, 22:41
Hi all
Went here today 20/02/10
Had a breakfast in the old tower very recomended
anyway heres some piccs,the museum is defintively worth a visit






20-02-2010, 23:03
Bombing teacher
Took these at Sleap today 20/02/10
Is this a combined AML Bombing Teaching and Turret Trainer 633/42






P Bellamy
21-02-2010, 02:32
The loss of the last turret trainer screen at Sleap is saddening, at least the framework and NP's photos survive.

Without being able to get up close, from the photos it looks like the hemisphere was supported on the same steel sections as for the smaller Nissen huts.

All the best,

Paul Francis
21-02-2010, 10:47
Oh dear that is sad to see, I think it started with one hole about 20 years ago, to this scene today.

21-02-2010, 10:57
Oh dear that is sad to see, I think it started with one hole about 20 years ago, to this scene today.

It is in a very bad state now,there are holes all over the place,also the pond next to it is getting ever closer to the remains ,it looks like either horses or cattle use it as a haven , it should really be preserved

Paul Francis
16-07-2010, 21:13
The screen itself may have gone but the framework is the only one left in the UK.

17-07-2010, 11:54
Im sure in the cafe within the control tower there is a large picture with the screen intact, well worth a visit, i had a chance to do aerobatics with one off the Sleap pilots, but after a full english and two pots of tea i declined for obvious reasons!!

strike & return
02-05-2011, 19:18
Some really interesting shots guys. My late father did part of his air gunner training at Sleap in 1944.

24-05-2011, 23:09
This is on the wall of the stairs in the control tower. When I saw it I thought 'Air Ministry' !! Not sure what it is though - a Tannoy or PA speaker of some sort perhaps ?


25-05-2011, 04:40
That is a KLAXON horn.


Ian P
22-07-2011, 21:07
The klaxon on the stairs is part of the "crash alarm" system... As I found out much to my eardrums' discomfort when one of the club C152s suffered from a seriously iced-up pitot tube while I was debriefing from my own flight with the then CFI in his office.

Because the pitot heat wasn't doing a darned thing to the ice, the instructor on board wanted Rescue 1 standing by just in case, so off went the crash alarm. Not only did Rescue 1's crew move, I think everyone on the airfield did. Needless to say, the aircraft landed perfectly safely.

Sleap has changed massively since I was last there - partially in a good way, partially not so much. I went over a couple of weeks ago to ask about the possibility of making a photoreal scenery of what had always been a very friendly, open airfield. The old access road, past a small industrial site, is now closed and instead you are sent up around the side of what was one of the T2 hangars into a very small publicly accessable section of peri track between two chicanes of red-white plastic barriers with warning signs on them. The number of hangars on the site has trebled, all privately owned and rented, which is good for the airfield's future, but means that you no longer get the feeling of openness and access that you had.

I haven't e-mailed them back about getting permission to photograph and create the scenery for FSX because it all got very complicated very quickly. Apparently the club only has control over what happens inside the peri track. Everything outside that is owned by private landowners, the hangars on them are privately contstructed and owned on land leased off the landowners and I'd need to get permission off everyone to get access and photograph. It's a pity really.


Ian P.

25-07-2011, 10:36
Another view of Sleap. The two groups of new-ish hangars mentioned by Ian P are evident on the LHS of the photo. The tower and museum buildings are centre-left.


Richard Flagg
23-11-2011, 15:32
Control Tower in May 2008


26-01-2012, 18:13
I used to live in Wem before moving up to the north east of Scotland nearly 12 years ago. I took part in 3 (I think) sponsored bed-pushes around the peri-track of Sleap in the very early 1990s and can well remember walking round the track in the early hours of the morning.

I also was a member for a very short time around 1986/87 and have a few pictures of the control tower and the members' cars parked in front of it. If I can find them I'll scan and post them for comparison.

27-01-2012, 19:34
Mike Grant, author of Wings-Across Border" runs the museum there.

04-07-2012, 15:49
Hi peeps. I live not to far from Sleap and visit it on a regular basis. I've got some up-to-date photos of the control tower etc, just in the process of uploading them to PB.

Here is a small video of me taking off from Sleap last year.....


16-07-2012, 20:30
Just a few pics etc,

My kids in front of the control tower




18-12-2012, 19:44
I haven't been to Sleap for about twenty years. I used the place back in the '90's, as they had a TB20 which was nice for foreign jollies. The place was pretty overgrown back then, including the much of the runways. At the ends there was just a narrow track. With the TB at max weight - 90gals, four lardy pax and assorted junk - it was normal to get a longer run by starting up the track amongst the greenery. Back then, the access road and peri-trach were dire and we almost broke the suspension on a G-Wagon. Sleap is very close to RAF Shawbury. Back in the '80's I think it was, a young jet-jock (I don't think he was even 20..) landed his Jag' there by mistake. Ooops. When I flew from Sleap, there were several Old Lags who had been based there during during the war. A fast disappearing breed now of course. Happy days.

Viscount 701
12-08-2013, 10:13
Scanned from 5" x 3" prints, which I suspect are re-photographed from larger prints early '80s - certainly from a box of aviation photos untouched since 1986.

Envelope states:
RAFM P264 High Ercall from 3000ft 19/8/42
RAFM P265 Sleap from 3000ft 19/8/42



With the advantage of being able to rotate the image, fairly certain these two (despite the write-up on the envelope) are the same airfield from opposite directions.
From the modern plan, I fancy both are actually Sleap as the runway pattern and peri-tracks match the current airfield plan quite well.

15-08-2013, 09:01
Interesting history here http://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/s,sleap.html

Peter Kirk
25-07-2014, 20:37
In a PDF article called "Past Times in Myddle" by Ernest Griffiths they author mentions the following:-

"The RAF had set up a practice bombing range on land between Sleap and Bilmarsh and all day long every day Oxford twin engine bombers skimmed the tree tops around fere, practising low-level bombing"

I don't think I have have a range noted in this location, has anyone familiar with the history of Sleap come across this range or the use of the area?

www.myddle.ne/muratest/assets/file/Past (http://www.myddle.ne/muratest/assets/file/Past) Times by Ernst Griffith.pdf (due to spaces in the last few words you will have to cut and paste)

I have come across a few local ad-hoc ranges that didn't last so it is quite possible this was a "home made" one

26-07-2014, 10:32
I know this is slightly 'off piste' for this forum but here goes anyway.
When I was a young trainee Assistant Air Traffic Contoller at Shawbury in the 70's one part of our training was simulating manning the Tower switchboard. A call comes in from a very pseudo posh female voice "Good morning young man, I am Mrs SATCO and I would like to speak to my husband" "Good morning Mrs SATCO, I will put you through to his office" Ring 'simulated' SATCO's office, no answer. Another instructor then hands you a piece of paper with instructions to continue the exercise. "I am sorry Mrs SATCO, SATCO is not in is office, I'm afraid he has gone to Sleap with his secratary" Strangled gasps from the other end of the line...!

Peter Kirk
26-07-2014, 10:51
Very good :) The sort of joke that would fall flat with those unfamiliar with the airfield.

Although I have a suspicion the airfield should be pronounced Slape? If that is true it would still work if you used a Birmingham accent.

07-12-2014, 13:52
New to the Forum. I also now live not far from Sleap and have visited on a number of occasions. I find the whole place to have a very laid back and friendly atmosphere.

A freind passed his PPL, at Sleap, this year and I was able to take my first ever flight when he took me up. I can only say that I loved it! at almost 50 (stop laughing at the back) it was a great day.

I've also had a tour of the various hangers and can confirm that the museum is well worth a look. The cafe is a must.


Richard Flagg
23-06-2015, 22:29
Some recent photos by Fred Pearce
















24-06-2015, 08:51
Great pictures.

Remembering my time back in 1986 as a U/T Air Traffic Controller, visited Sleap with an old girl-friend. Happy days indeed.

A few 'things' have changed at Sleap, Air Traffic is not one of them.

08-11-2015, 09:28
From RAF publication 'inor Airfileds UK' dated 24 AUG 94