Langford Lodge ground plus aerial views
Looks like this in 1970's (approx). I have inked in what was remaining on the map along with probable conecting track. It's a long way from the airfield.
There is even less now and it is very feint on the Getmapping site aerial photo.
Next thing is to order some more plans from the RAFM (I normally do 5 or 6 at a time).
The tower here is believed to be the first in the UK to have slanting windows, and all the windows slanted not just the VCR!
Do Martin Baker still have their rocket sled test facility here?
Just lifted this from the Martin Baker web site. So looks like it's still very active.
Langford Lodge Engineering Co. Ltd., Northern Ireland
Martin-Baker's high speed rocket sled track (0-650 KEAS) is located at Langford Lodge in Northern Ireland, approximately one hour's flying time from Chalgrove or Heathrow. This NATO and U.S. Government approved 6,200 feet long sled track has been used in numerous qualification programmes including the Eurofighter Typhoon, Raytheon Texan T-6A (JPATS), Boeing JSF X-32, NASA T-38 and Panavia Tornado. Various special sled vehicles are constructed by Martin-Baker and used for development testing.
The Langford facility provides full test data retrieval and photographic coverage with all the associated engineering services necessary to support final qualification of the entire escape system for Flight Certification and Service Release. Langford Lodge has a new purpose built seat test centre which includes a large test sled working area, supporting workshops and test instrumentation/dummy preparation laboratories together with supporting customer post test meeting and conference facilities.
A hostel on the site, close to the track, provides accommodation, restaurant and recreational facilities so that the Martin-Baker and customer teams can utilize their time as efficiently as possible.
This is a very interesting site.
Gartree Church is in the centre of the complex and is open for Church Services on Sundays for the general public.
The old Station Hospital remains and is now a cowshed.
The farmer used the huge Lockheed built hangar to store his machinery
I have a few new pictures on http://www.ww2ni.webs.com
I was also told that the very straight road to the site was built especially for the transport of aircraft by road for repair.
Langford Lodge Control Tower
Has anyone any information about the Airfield Hospital which is still in good condition on site??
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