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    Crail / HMS Jackdaw











    A few pics of HMS Jackdaw
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    The last four pictures are of the Torpedo Attack Trainer, two showing the target screen, one of the building and the other of the epidiascope. The steel ring seen on the floor in the foreground used to hang above which was the lighting effects gallery for projecting onto the screen various types of weather conditions, moonlit night, dusk and dawn etc. In the last pic you might just be able to see what looks like a chair hanging down. This was a gangway to the epidiascope which was used to change the ship model when a different class of target ship was required. The epidiascope was obviously hanging above which projected the ship image onto the screen. The Link Trainer was in the centre of the floor, done up to represent the Barracuda aircraft, both the epidiascope and the Link had their own crabs but these were joined together by a rack and pinion arrangement and mimiced what the Link was doiing in relation to the ship. The pilot flew the Link and the ship moved in a logical sense to it. The pilot fed data into the F Director computer and dropped his torpedo. At this point the ship image stopped, a white light was directed onto the screen (representing the track of the torpedo) and then the ship was set in motion again for the length of time that the torpedo would take to reach it, when everything stopped. Hopefully a hit was recorded.

    The chap in the hard hat is Scapa. We lit the screen up with a car battery and a number of Halogen bulbs - not bad for c.1983. Note too the Marconi aerial on the roof of the tower, it was nicked in the 1990s.
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    found this when looking into the epidascope.

    http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main/sh ... php?t=4318
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    I couldn't find anything about Crail on here.

    Apologies if it has been covered before, but I was up there in September at a racing meeting and took these photos.

    Tower, side on:-



    Tower close up:-



    Rear of tower:-



    Rear of one storey building alongside tower:-



    I hope that is of interest to someone.

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    Hangar/repair shed:-







    Some general buildings:-


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    Great pictures there Sandy, good to see that the control tower is extant. Why is it fenced off though?

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    Just a quicky.

    On my "Grand Tour of Scotland" last month we drove through Crail (but sadly not past the airfield) and I spotted these two buildings quite some way away from the airfield itself. Possibly they've been relocated?

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    There's some great stuff left at Crail, it's purported to be the most complete WW2 airfield in Scotland

    Torpedo Trainer :





    This is such a rare survivor, sadly being left to fall apart

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    Hi Operating Link Trainers at Norfolk & Suffolk Av Mus I bought some papers on Links from ebay. Found drawings for a Torpedo Attack Trainer. Then found ARG references to TAT at Crail. If anyone can give them a better home can send for postage as only wanted the aircraft info.
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    I reckon the ARG Archive will take it. If not, I will.

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