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Bizarre Aviation Relic

Discussion in 'WWII Today' started by Martin Bull, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    Also found in Norfolk, at the old WWII Langham airfield ...

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    :confused: ;)
     
  2. TA152

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    It looks like a cover for an ICBM but the UK was supposed to have theirs on Subs. Have you uncovered a new nuclear conspiracy Martin ? George W will be sending troops any min. now. :rolleyes:
     
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    Isn't that a Dome trainer, Martin? If I remember, they were used for a variety of purposes, like astro navigation, air to air gunnery training etc.
    I believe there's still one at Crail airfield too.
     
  4. Martin Bull

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    Gordon's quite right - although frequently mis-identified as being 'something to do with nuclear fallout', it is in fact a WWII Dome Trainer, used principally for AA gunner training but also for astro-navigation. They're quite a rare sight and this one, at the old Langham Coastal Command airfield, was the first I'd visited.

    here's a shot of the gloomy interior with the mounting points for the 'AA gun' : -

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    Cool. Would love to see the way they looked when they were in use for the gunnery.
     
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    The building has sadly fallen into disrepair, but it used to house a ground-to-air gun and a projector which showed films of 30 - 40 different types of aircraft onto the dome's walls.
    The gunner would aim at the projected aircraft and be monitored by an instructor for accuracy. Later on in the war Wellington bombers moved into the area and carried out anti-submarine patrols.
    BBC - Museum proposed at World War II site of RAF Langham
     

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