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Streetrod

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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

27,690 posts

75 months

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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

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151 months

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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

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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

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Streetrod

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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

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168 months

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already looked into it biggrin

in terrible order apparently frown

Crafty_

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86 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
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

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113 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
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

11,256 posts

128 months

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

badgers_back

499 posts

72 months

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

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

smack

8,792 posts

77 months

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Monday 15th October 2012 quote quote all
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.

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