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Work on new hangar begins at RAF Wittering

3 Hangar in 1968 during the glory days of the V-Bomber Force - a Handley Page Victor of No 139 (Jamaican) Squadron. EMN-140827-183729001

3 Hangar in 1968 during the glory days of the V-Bomber Force - a Handley Page Victor of No 139 (Jamaican) Squadron. EMN-140827-183729001

Work has begun to install a new hangar, radar tower and office blocks at RAF Wittering in preparation for the arrival of five new flying squadrons and aircraft.

Cambridge, East Midlands and London University Air Squadrons, and No. 5 Air Experience Flight, will be moving into the historic Station.

No 3 Hangar, one of the most intact examples of a Gaydon Hangar in the UK, has housed some of Britain’s most famous warplanes including the Harrier and legendary V-Bombers in the last 60 years.

Now the celebrated hangar is being converted into a home for the aircraft of the University Air Squadrons.

The only change to its exterior will be new doors. But inside, the building will be refurbished to accommodate Grob Tutor aircraft in specially made hangarettes, where the aeroplanes will be maintained.

Work has also begun on new buildings, in front of No 3 Hangar, to house crews from the University Air Squadrons, No 5 Air Experience Flight and 115 (R) Sqn.

A two-storey building will house the offices, classrooms and crew rooms for the undergraduates and flying instructors from the Cambridge, East Midlands and London University Air Squadrons.

And a single storey building will be used by pilots, instructors and cadets who will have their first experiences of flying with No 5 Air Experience Flight. The building will also be used by Babcock International’s flight line engineers who will look after the aircraft.

A new radar tower and dish have also been installed to give RAF Wittering’s Air Traffic Controllers a 360 degree picture of the airspace around the airfield.

Wing Commander James Lapsley, Officer Commanding Operations Wing, is project manager at RAF Wittering. He said; “The pace of change is absolutely electric, and it’s great to see the station evolve as it grows.

“Working with our colleagues in the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and contractors Babcock-Dyncorp, has been very educational and their expertise and skills are helping to build a strong future for RAF Wittering.”

 

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