RAF Stenigot

Needed to get out of the house over Xmas so took a trip to the middle of nowhere in Lincolnshire to look at some big metal circles.

They used to look like this…

(Images from Subbrit.org.uk)

But now they look like this…

RAF Stenigot opened in 1940 as a “Chain Home” radar station to protect Sheffield, Nottingham and the midlands from the best efforts of the Luftwaffe.

After the war, Stenigot was retained as part of Britain’s air defence network until the ROTOR programme was implemented in the 50’s, when Stenigot was placed on “care and maintenance”.

In 1959 Stenigot was selected as one of five British sites for NATO’s Europe-wide “Ace High” tropospheric communications network – this is what the dishes were used for.

Ace High was abandonned in the early 1990’s and Stenigot was closed and associated buildings were demolished in 1996 (the remaining buildings relate to the WW2 Chain Home operation).

A couple of pics for scale…

From Subbrit…”One of the four transmitter towers has been retained as a training mast for the Aerial Erector School at RAF Digby and is contained in its own secure compound”

 

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