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What can you tell me about this Airport??

What can you tell me about this Airport??

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Streetrod

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5,498 posts

103 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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Sorry guys I don’t know how to attach a Google Earth image, but was wondering if anyone knew anything about the airstrip that is East of Ripley, North of Ockham and west of Marty’s Green, it is just off the A3 in Surrey. Looking at on Google Earth it appears to be abandoned

JonnyFive

27,854 posts

86 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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It is abandoned.. But, I think it's been dug up by now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisley_Airfield

Eric Mc

82,295 posts

162 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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Wisley was the main airfield of Vickers Aircraft Ltd. From there, lots of famous aircraft were tested - the Viscount, Valiant, VC-10 etc. It was constructed because the runway at nearby Brooklands was too short for the newer, heavier aircraft being developed towards the end of World War 2.

As far as I am aware, the runway still exists.

JonnyFive

27,854 posts

86 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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Eric Mc said:
As far as I am aware, the runway still exists.
I went over about a year ago to see what it was like.. Theres security on the gate and quite a few big trucks were in there.

CoolC

3,097 posts

111 months

Streetrod

Original Poster:

5,498 posts

103 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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Thanks guys, on Google Earth it appears superficially to be in reasonable nick, who owns it now and is used for anything. I’m thinking it could be used for a little bit of local drag race action as I only live half an hour away wink

CraigVmax

12,230 posts

179 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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already looked into it biggrin

in terrible order apparently frown

Crafty_

9,211 posts

97 months

Saturday 6th October 2012
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Streetrod said:
Thanks guys, on Google Earth it appears superficially to be in reasonable nick, who owns it now and is used for anything. I’m thinking it could be used for a little bit of local drag race action as I only live half an hour away wink
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisley_Airfield

"In March 2010, the then-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, John Denham, gave permission to Wharf Land Investments to build a composting facility on the airfield. The plant would be capable of processing 30,000 tonnes of waste per year, and take up 17 hectares (42 acres) of the airfield"

From the pic on wiki the surface wouldn't be suitable at all, I doubt its improved since then.


Total loss

1,732 posts

124 months

Sunday 7th October 2012
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Crafty_ said:
From the pic on wiki the surface wouldn't be suitable at all, I doubt its improved since then.
You haven't seen York Raceway have you hehe

Dr G

11,897 posts

139 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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Hmmmmm, Hatch Lane appears to go directly across the runway... wink

badgers_back

511 posts

83 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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Its got armco across the runway to stop all fun..

Well it did 20 years ago when I cycled around there....

smack

8,995 posts

88 months

Monday 15th October 2012
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Streetrod said:
I’m thinking it could be used for a little bit of local drag race action as I only live half an hour away wink
A mate lived in one of the villages nearby, and in the 90's when they first owned cars, they would lift the gate off it's hinges for access to the VOR navigational beacon and race their cars up and down the runway in the middle of the night. The local farmer had constructed barriers over the runway, but you could still drive up the sides of the runway.