St. Mawgan (formerly St. Eval)
is now Newquay International.
There is absolutely no way even our inept gubmint would site anything there.
No motorway(it stops at Plymouth-65 miles away)
No direct rail link(single track, 4 trains a day, tourist line)
No other defence assets in that area( Bob Ainsworth visiting Plymouth today, probably to tell them to wave goodbye to the surface fleet along with the sub fleet)
Whilst I can see from one perspective the benefits of having a single hub for different types dont you simply lose resilience. Even a small cascading event can shut down significant areas for a while, look at Buncefield a few years ago or the flooding a few summers ago.
Don't know when you were last in Cornwall, but the A30 is dualled all the way (less a 1 mile stretch coming off Bodmin Moor) from the M5 at Exeter to near Truro, with a dualled link-road to within a couple of miles of St M.
strange, even through the mists of time
I can't recall Bzz having enough pan space for the 40 odd Hercs along with all the Tristars and VC10's.
It was bad enough when they used to bring in the Virgin 747 for the South Atlantic runs.
Just the extra ACHE would take up space for approximately 10 Hercs, not forgetting all the bods to maintain them and all the avionics and spares, none of which are compatible with the jet fleet.
as we were briefed not so long ago the chinooks from odiham and the merlins from benson shouldnt be moving but we are waiting for a disicision as if they choose not to move us we will be given a large bounty to improve the site at odiham,
PTS were housed in the same hanger as Role eqpt and the PCAU accommodation wouldn't be fit to house infected mexican swine.
It was falling apart in the 80's and i doubt the years have been kind.
I recall somewhere on here it was discussed that it was being used as transit for those off to sand pit and the photos l made it look like it was 2 parts demolished already.
There is always the old runway for parking, but that used old cars and trucks as hardcore. So probably not a great idea.
Fairford got used when the runway was out for re-surfacing.
Thats how they found the cars and trucks under the old runway, they were going to strip the original runway surface and use it for backfilling the new runway. Unfortunately the more they dug the more auto metal they found. Seems the septics used their trashed MT as hardcore when they built the new runway back in the 50's.
RAF presence at St. Mawgan?
Thought the joint Navy /USN thing was off to Virginia soon and all that was left was going to RMB Chivenor?