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    Default Fighter Pens / Blast wall protected dispersals

    At Tangmere located at the east side of the airfield are the remains of three fighter dispersal, obviously they are post WWII and designed for the jets but what type are they? Official name and drawing numbers if possible please!?

    They are located here;
    http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=50.84....6&r=0&src=msl

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    Thanks
    Last edited by Richard Flagg; 03-08-2012 at 20:27.

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    Default Re: Fighter Pens / Blast wall protected dispersals

    Aren't these very similar (or same design) as the ones which crop up in the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" at West Malling?

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    Colt has the same.

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    Default Re: Fighter Pens / Blast wall protected dispersals

    As did Duxford, but gone now. Check out the articles in Airfield Review by PJH - I am sure he has covered them in his Fighter Command mega-series.

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    Default Re: Fighter Pens / Blast wall protected dispersals

    We have the drawings in the archives Richard!

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    Default Re: Fighter Pens / Blast wall protected dispersals

    I was doing a BD job at Duxford in the mid '60s at the same time as a contractor was demolishing the blast pens using gelignite. We were obliged to visit the sites after demolition to pick up pieces of gelignite scattered around the area following some sloppy work.

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    I think this is right, though the fuel ties on the concrete blast walls as seen at Colt do not work with this layout which is based on Duxford but without the turning pans. Comments welcome.


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    Default Re: Post WW2 Fighter Revetments

    Anyone know about the telescramble buildings? What I would like to know is, the umbilical chords from this building to the aircraft, did it go to each of the 12 aircraft on the ORP or just to the flight leader?

    Was there one telescramble blg to each ORP - I think that is correct but would like to know for sure.

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    Is there a list of airfields that this type of dispesal was built?

    The ones I can think of off the top of my head are:

    Duxford
    Tangmere
    Waterbeach
    Stradishall
    Coltishall
    Wattisham

    I am sure there are quite a few more!

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    Default Re: Fighter Pens / Blast wall protected dispersals

    Leuchars has these dispersals.

    I think they are known as Embry follys, named after Sir Basil Embry, the Air Marshal who had them built in the fifties. I assume he was AOCinC Fighter Command then.

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