Just been flicking through "Britain's Military Airfields 1939-1945" by David J. Smith and it occured to me that Aldergrove must be one of the few airfields that had it's hard surfaced runways ripped up and laid in a different pattern. I originally thought the runways that were replaced were grass but apparently not. There is even evidence in the current aerial photos on Google Earth/Maps of the old ones or at least the N-S and E-W ones.
Excluding grass to concrete upgrades I can only think of two changes, Sydenham and Pocklington where this has happened. In any case the last two were single runway re-aligments. It wasn't only the runways at Aldergrove either as the sprawling dispersals also seem to have been replaced by finger and star hardstands.
Is this unique?
Not quite what I had in mind. Granted Burtonwood had a new runway added but the original two kept the same alignments. I was thinking more about re-alignmentsOriginally Posted by norwichpaul
No PNK one of the original two runways (22-04) was re-aligned to take it clear of the new development just west of the tech site.
You are, of course, right. I was looking at plans in a book, and when you look at the aerial photo you can see the remains of the previous runway. I should have stuck with my normal approach of aerials first.Originally Posted by norwichpaul
So then apart form Sydenham, Pocklington and Burtonwood what .........................
PNK congrats on your promotion and yes the book is wrong, I have the same one.
This pic was taken from the West. The two hangars in the foreground show how much
the realigned E/W runway was moved by. It followed the line directly towards the eastern
hangar in Peter's drawing. Not much sign of the other runways now.
A rough sketch of the layout in 1942 before a completely new runway pattern was laid.
The Royal Air Force Police Explosive Search Dog Unit officers have an interesting item standing at the front door of their building.
Its a very large terrorist Mortar System incorporating both mortar and launcher!
Realigned runway = Chelveston.
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