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    Ramp chart from 1987


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    Some photos I took on Friday, 16 March 2012 while at Finningley for the ARG Vulcan visit.

    1 - Tower


    2 - Crash Gate


    3 - Radar


    4 - Original MoD 'KEEP OUT' Sign


    5 - Ration Store


    6 - Chapel


    7 - Hangar 4


    8 - Inside Hangar 3


    9 - Main Workshops


    10 - Unknown

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    Just found this from the 1983 airshow.


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    Hi all,
    Just dug out these images of Finningley which I thought might be of interest
    The first two are from the Royal Review in 1977, one of the many flypasts with 4 classic types here, the next pic is of the Vulcan x 4 scramble, the first aircrafts tail can just be seen in front of number 2s leading edge, if I remember right the shot was taken from the '20' end of the runway.

    The other 3 pics show the control tower, 2 in 2001, the last I took in 2006 and could not get any closer due to the new security fence.
    Regards, Gerry.
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    Hello again!,
    Just one more at the Finningley Royal Review 1977, this is the Aussie F 111 doing its party piece of unique fuel jetison. It is a hurried shot as I was unprepared but just got it in the frame, I remember well the gasps from the crowd like:- "oh its on fire", and the roar of the flame behind the jetpipes as it swept by, most spectacular.
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    Finningley April 2004





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    Looking at the historic county boundaries, it seems most of RAF Finningley, including the tech site is in Nottinghamshire.

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    Microsoft Autoroute 1997 gives the whole of Finningley airfield in Yorkshire.

    Microsoft AR2000 gives the whole site as 'Former South Yorkshire'.

    The 1:25.000 in map for 1961 shows most of the airfield including the tech site in Notts. The southern end of the main runway is South Yorks.

    Wiki states it is in part Notts, part WEST Yorkshire.

    Another site states that Finningley is definitely all South Yorks as it is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster.

    Thank God for Microsoft and the Internet without which we would be very confused !

    What a complete mess! We could learn from the Americans here with their relatively sensible state boundaries.

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    I think is because we keep changing our boundaries, like you say, we could learn from the Americans here!!

    Surely then if the tech site and the majority of the airfield was in Notts, then it should be regarded as a Nottinghamshire airfield in the historic sense?

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    SD 161, 1942 states Notts.
    SD 161, 1944 states Yorks
    SD 722. 1955 (Which has many errors I've found ) states Yorks

    'A History of RAF Finningley' (author / publisher unstated) 'On 3 Sept 1936... reflecting its location astride the border of Yorks and Notts the station badge was to be the White Rose of York...

    Now considering the location reference is generally 'the centre of the airfield' The WWII centre was just in Notts, but with the extended main runway, the centre has moved into Yorks.

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