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    I wonder if anyone would be interested in joining me in digging up history and info on this disused airfield that's now a film studios?

    All I know is, it was DeHavilland in war time and Rolls Royce occupied it afterwards as well as it being used for pleasure flying, Cabair ect before its closure as an airfield.

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    I think it was De Havillands for quite a while after the war. Ithink Rolls-Royce only took it over when they took over DeHavillands engine division.

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    I won't be able to help but I think it is something that need to be covered along with all the manufacturers airfield sites. Good luck with it.

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    I spent the first 10 years of my life in St Albans, and of course we had Leavesden, Hatfield and Radlett nearby. As a kid I can remember going by train to London and going past Radlett and seeing a dozen Victors parked up.

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    I love the Victors, doesn't get the fame as the Vulcan, but just as awesome in my opinion. Shame the government screwed them over.

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    My wife calls the Victor the "Whale" because the front section reminded her of one. Strange looking Whale!

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    Wasnt the cockpit area of the Victor designed as an escape pod hence the shape?

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    if you had asked this question 8 weeks ago I could of helped!... a near neighbour to me worked in the Leavesden accounts deptment for a long time, I asked her about her memories not so long ago and she told me of how she used to travel there from Barton to work in the 40's..

    She was an extreamly active lady uptill late last year and still living on her own when she was mugged just yards from her home in the village late last year, the experience shook her so much she sadly took a turn for the worse in november and is now being looked after in a care home on the south coast.

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    Muggers! (next 6 words edited) Only good for minefield clearance!

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    My mum worked in the kitchens at Hatfield for a while just after wwii.

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