Remember as a kid playing hide n'seek? Or show me yours and I'll show you mine Anyhow I wondered why the MoD kindly sold off this property to become Campbeltown Airport because of its location, length of runway its perfect testing grounds for anything bold and new. Boscombe Down is surrounded by a village plus the local pit stop inc.Holiday Inn, KFC, Pizza Hut etc off the A303 is just a stones throw so too crowded there. Ok since the SEALS Team Det Deux left there 2 decades back, being the local residents looking after the residents at Holy Loch before they moved out and probably under cost cuts the MoD figured they'd make more money then caretaking for something that never be used again and flogging it off. Forget the UFO, Aurora folklore and consipracy theorists (have enough of those type parked outside St Pauls ) has anyone ever landed at Machrihanish in the good old days for fuel and food and been refused to walk anywhere near the Gaydon hangar there (according to on F-117 Secrecy thread on PPRUNE, 'Machrihanish's secret hanger played host to quite a few things in it's time. Once inside, the crew didnt need to re-appear as it was linked underground to the US facility. The first deployments were as far back as 83. What was unusual was having to work nights when we didnt have enough staff to man ATC and the support facilities, but no concept of why we were havng to do it. Even more amazing were the steps taken to stop the resident VAS in the hanger from seeing the new arrivals. At night, the duty team were forbidden to look outside of the crew room, whilst the ground handlers wore slip on blindfolds while they marshalled the A/C in. The day staff too wore blindfolds when outside of the offices, which also had the interior windows blacked out. The only person who didnt, was a civilian girl K--- S------- who worked there. Looking back I'm almost certain she was a CIA operative. In hindsight, I'm suprised non of the 140 misfits who had the joy to be posted there didnt just lift the blindfolds up for a quick peek and blow the whole thing - But thats us guys - professional to the end. We made it look just like another posting in the middle of nowhere with no aircraft and nothing going on. ' Apart from the blindingly obvious F-117 that may have taken a visit there in the 80s, its interesting to see the lengths that went to protecting probably other aircraft as blindfolding the marshallers and probably using some form audio marshalling. Though you can't exactly blindfold the ATC guys and girls for safety reasons unless the aircrew of various airframes felt comfortable with the fact they could land in the dark and as soon as the wheels hit the tarmac then the tower lot would be asked to turn their heads as aircraft quickly taxi into hangar and doors closed then back to business. Be interesting someday (if ever) revealed what other interesting things were in and out of Machrihanish in the 80s, Boeing's Bird of Prey, The 'Whale' now in Wright Patterson museum etc etc.