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Post  Kim Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:59 pm

This is a WAY off topic question for my friends in Great Britain.

I've never really wanted to travel outside the boundaries of my beloved country, but if I ever did, I would like to visit England's Cliffs of Dover and the airbases that supported the British and Allied fighters and bombers during WWII.

Do the block houses / command centers still exist, and are they accessible to visitors? I grew up watching TV shows and movies about the war (The 1968 "Battle of Britain" my favorite), and now find myself wanting to peer out from the cliffs, and maybe walk the places where the pilots and crews staged their planes.

Anyway...doubt it will ever happen...just wondering. Thanks, Kim


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Post  Kim Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:43 pm

Kim wrote:This is a WAY off topic question for my friends in Great Britain.

I've never really wanted to travel outside the boundaries of my beloved country, but if I ever did, I would like to visit England's Cliffs of Dover and the airbases that supported the British and Allied fighters and bombers during WWII.

Do the block houses / command centers still exist, and are they accessible to visitors? I grew up watching TV shows and movies about the war (The 1968 "Battle of Britain" my favorite), and now find myself wanting to peer out from the cliffs, and maybe walk the places where the pilots and crews staged their planes.

Anyway...doubt it will ever happen...just wondering. Thanks, Kim

OK...sorry for the bother. Just found a tourism site that lists the locations and conditions of the bases. Now, just got to think about jumping the pond...
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Post  nitroairplane Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:18 am

Kim wrote:
Kim wrote:This is a WAY off topic question for my friends in Great Britain.

I've never really wanted to travel outside the boundaries of my beloved country, but if I ever did, I would like to visit England's Cliffs of Dover and the airbases that supported the British and Allied fighters and bombers during WWII.

Do the block houses / command centers still exist, and are they accessible to visitors? I grew up watching TV shows and movies about the war (The 1968 "Battle of Britain" my favorite), and now find myself wanting to peer out from the cliffs, and maybe walk the places where the pilots and crews staged their planes.

Anyway...doubt it will ever happen...just wondering. Thanks, Kim

OK...sorry for the bother. Just found a tourism site that lists the locations and conditions of the bases. Now, just got to think about jumping the pond...

Kim yes you should come and see the sights the ww2 airbases are something on cliffs you see pill boxes that used to house AA guns i actually was born not to far from the white cliffs of Dover.
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Post  Kim Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:26 am

Thanks Nitro!

I'll add it to my "Bucket List"...and maybe see if I can recruit some fellow history buffs to consider it also. Years ago, I actually had an opportunity to visit England back when I worked for P&G, but wasn't interested in overseas travel at the time. I now regret passing on that deal !
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Post  nitroairplane Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:33 pm

Kim wrote:Thanks Nitro!

I'll add it to my "Bucket List"...and maybe see if I can recruit some fellow history buffs to consider it also. Years ago, I actually had an opportunity to visit England back when I worked for P&G, but wasn't interested in overseas travel at the time. I now regret passing on that deal !

Ah the pleasure of hindsight.
Just remember what side of the road to drive on Smile sounds silly but ive seen it.
Some thing eles you might like is the RAF museum in London they have some great planes including loads from ww2 an amazing place for a vintage aircraft enthusiast.
Also if you drink remember our beer is stronger than yours.
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Post  dckrsn Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:52 pm

In England a few years ago, I visited the Yoville Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Duxford Air Museum.
Even took a ride in a DeHavilland Dragon Rapide at Duxford. Memories galore.
Check out their web sites.
http://duxford.iwm.org.uk/
http://www.fleetairarm.com/
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Post  nitroairplane Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:10 pm

Nice story I think lots of ff events are held at old ww2 airbases.
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Post  Kim Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:11 pm

DeHavilland Dragon Rapide...what an elegant flying machine! I envy you !
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Post  nitroairplane Sat Oct 01, 2011 5:02 am

Kim wrote:DeHavilland Dragon Rapide...what an elegant flying machine! I envy you !

Nice but IMO not as nice as the Gipsy Moth.
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Post  dckrsn Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:45 pm

nitroairplane wrote:
Kim wrote:DeHavilland Dragon Rapide...what an elegant flying machine! I envy you !

Nice but IMO not as nice as the Gipsy Moth.

I agree, but where do you draw the line?
I'd kill for a ride in a Mosquito.
Come to think of it, I'd kill for a ride in anything. tongue
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Post  SuperDave Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:00 pm

Kim wrote:The 1968 "Battle of Britain" my favorite) Kim

Kim:

The Battle of Britain was fought in 1940 rather than 1968. The German Luftwaffe pounded Britain mercilessly from the air but the RAF (Royal Air Force) drove the Germans from the skies and at no small cost to the RAF.

The US had yet to enter the war but provided aid and other support to Britain.
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Post  nitroairplane Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:13 pm

SuperDave wrote:
Kim wrote:The 1968 "Battle of Britain" my favorite) Kim

Kim:

The Battle of Britain was fought in 1940 rather than 1968. The German Luftwaffe pounded Britain mercilessly from the air but the RAF (Royal Air Force) drove the Germans from the skies and at no small cost to the RAF.

The US had yet to enter the war but provided aid and other support to Britain.

Dave I do believe he was referring to the film made in 1968 called "the battle of Britain".
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Post  Kim Sun Oct 02, 2011 6:48 pm

nitroairplane wrote:
SuperDave wrote:
Kim wrote:The 1968 "Battle of Britain" my favorite) Kim

Kim:

The Battle of Britain was fought in 1940 rather than 1968. The German Luftwaffe pounded Britain mercilessly from the air but the RAF (Royal Air Force) drove the Germans from the skies and at no small cost to the RAF.

The US had yet to enter the war but provided aid and other support to Britain.

Dave I do believe he was referring to the film made in 1968 called "the battle of Britain".

Yes, I'm aware of the chronology...The movie "The Battle of Britain" was my intended reference. It was one of the first to use highly detailed radio controlled models, intermixed with footage of full-scale aircraft to make a fantastic movie.

One of my all-time heroes in the world of model airplanes, Dave Platt (originally from England), was a major player in producing the radio controlled air battles that, as a kid, simply took my breath away. Even during my younger years, I could easily spot a model dangling from an invisible string (sometimes they WEREN'T small models and the wires WEREN'T invisible....check out the Fokker Triplane crash in "The Blue Max"). The exploding Stukas in TBB were amazing.

I've got a copy on DVD that I run on my shop player, and have even sampled some of the audio for my home answering machine --"MACHINE GUN FIRE----'BEHIND YOU REGGIE!'---MORE MACHINE GUN FIRE-----MERLIN/PROPELLER CHATTER, METALLIC CLATTERING---"'GET OUT! GET OUT!'"------"Hey, I'm BUSY...please leave a message"-----beep!

I posted a photo of Mr. Platt's Douglas Dauntless, a World-Champion R/C Scale model. This was big stuff in 1969 !

Sorry for the ramble...I kinda like this stuff!

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Post  nitroairplane Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:14 am

Kim wrote:
nitroairplane wrote:
SuperDave wrote:
Kim wrote:The 1968 "Battle of Britain" my favorite) Kim

Kim:

The Battle of Britain was fought in 1940 rather than 1968. The German Luftwaffe pounded Britain mercilessly from the air but the RAF (Royal Air Force) drove the Germans from the skies and at no small cost to the RAF.

The US had yet to enter the war but provided aid and other support to Britain.

Dave I do believe he was referring to the film made in 1968 called "the battle of Britain".

Yes, I'm aware of the chronology...The movie "The Battle of Britain" was my intended reference. It was one of the first to use highly detailed radio controlled models, intermixed with footage of full-scale aircraft to make a fantastic movie.

One of my all-time heroes in the world of model airplanes, Dave Platt (originally from England), was a major player in producing the radio controlled air battles that, as a kid, simply took my breath away. Even during my younger years, I could easily spot a model dangling from an invisible string (sometimes they WEREN'T small models and the wires WEREN'T invisible....check out the Fokker Triplane crash in "The Blue Max"). The exploding Stukas in TBB were amazing.

I've got a copy on DVD that I run on my shop player, and have even sampled some of the audio for my home answering machine --"MACHINE GUN FIRE----'BEHIND YOU REGGIE!'---MORE MACHINE GUN FIRE-----MERLIN/PROPELLER CHATTER, METALLIC CLATTERING---"'GET OUT! GET OUT!'"------"Hey, I'm BUSY...please leave a message"-----beep!

I posted a photo of Mr. Platt's Douglas Dauntless, a World-Champion R/C Scale model. This was big stuff in 1969 !

Sorry for the ramble...I kinda like this stuff!

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Thats a funny answer machine message mine is just "Hello,HELLO man your breaking up text me instead."
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Post  Kim Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:42 am

Yeah, I finally stopped putting the messages on there because of all my airplane buddies calling up just to hear the greeting, then hanging up. I'd come home to find the counter showing 20 calls without a single message!
Man! The people I choose to keep company with!
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Post  SuperDave Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:09 am

Kim wrote:Yeah, I finally stopped putting the messages on there because of all my airplane buddies calling up just to hear the greeting, then hanging up. I'd come home to find the counter showing 20 calls without a single message!
Man! The people I choose to keep company with!

I once had a recording of a screaming fly fish reel playing a HUGE fish. My message was: "Sorry, I'm using my other line. Please leave me a message." lol!
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Post  nitroairplane Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:56 am

Surprised [quote="SuperDave"]
Kim wrote:Yeah, I finally stopped putting the messages on there because of all my airplane buddies calling up just to hear the greeting, then hanging up. I'd come home to find the counter showing 20 calls without a single message!
Man! The people I choose to keep company with!

I once had a recording of a screaming fly fish reel playing a HUGE fish. My message was: "Sorry, I'm using my other line. Please leave me a message." lol! [/quote
That could also apply for control line flyers.
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Post  Kim Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:11 pm

True! Too bad I didn't have a camera running when I put my Polen Special straight into the ground! I could have captured the audio.....BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR------RUP !---------CRUNCH--------OH.........*&%*#@&!------"The party you are calling cannot be reached at this time!"
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Post  WingingIt74 Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:49 pm

Don't forget the old air bases here in the states too Smile There is a nice little one in Dyersburg TN that has a nice little museum. Visited there a lot when I did the WW2 historian thing.
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Post  nitroairplane Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:02 pm

TailSpinTravis wrote:Don't forget the old air bases here in the states too Smile There is a nice little one in Dyersburg TN that has a nice little museum. Visited there a lot when I did the WW2 historian thing.

Yes and in Germany.
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Post  Kim Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:19 pm

True...and I've visited a lot of them over the years, but I would like to see some of the places where the Brits, Pols, and Americans flew their combat missions. Germany IS another example. I've heard about these places ever since I can remember, but have a greater appreciation now that I'm growing older.

Don't know if it'll happen, but you never know.
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Post  nitroairplane Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:22 pm

Maybe you could fly over in your Piet Smile
Oh wait its a puddle jumper not a pond jumper Smile
I hope you do make it one day you knever know maybe you'll bring some
Decent weather with you Smile
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Post  Clouseau.Insp. Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:53 am

It didn't take long for most of the property to revert back to farmland. Now these areas are covered with houses or industrial parks. I learned to drive on Martlesham Heath RAF base (Where the Proto Spitfire, K5054 was tested) in the mid 60's. I think it is houses now.
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Post  Kim Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:29 am

Figured that to be the case. I found a site that lists them, and some apparently are commemorated with plates at various locations. A while back, a friend sent me a photo of a Historical Plate in an industrial park, marking the point where Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis lifted from Roosevelt Field.

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Post  nitroairplane Sat Oct 29, 2011 5:25 am

Yes but a lot of them are still there too and walking on the hill on the south coast near Dover you will see some bunkers and pillboxes.
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