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LYNEHAM 2.
 
 
In flight brochure 1
In Flight Brochure.
The brochure was in the backs of the seats of all Britannias and Comets at Lyneham during the ‘60s as it contained Route Maps and safety information.
 
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XK716 2 X Comet 2 + 3 Britannias, Lyneham 25-11-66.
 
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XK716 Comet C.2C RAF TC 216 Sqn.Lyneham 25 MAR 67 AMB.
 
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RAF Britannia XM496 C 1 496 99-511S Lyneham 10MAR70.
Above 4 photos were taken by, and sent to me by Adrian M Balch, more to come, I hope.
 
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 XN404 Canopus - Britannia C.2, Lyneham 11 July 1966
- Adrian aged 16, an ATC Cadet.
Here are three more from Adrian sent in on the 08/10/11.
 
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A wet Press Day on the Calne strip in April 1962 for the first Comet Mk.4Cs
delivered to No. 216 Squadron, with a Mk.2 at the far end.
 
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In Operations in 1960.
The two black and white photos are taken from Adrian's collection.
 
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Comet C.4 XR399 of 216 Squadron taking off from Runway 25,
on 19 May 1972, taken by Adrian.
 
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LYNEHAM 2.
OFFICIAL STATION CLOSING DETAILS ISSUED BY RAF LYNEHAM
The 4th of July 2011 marks the departure of all the Flying Squadrons from RAF Lyneham, which is now less than a year away, although the airfield will remian in operationl status until 30th Septembetr 2011, the whole of the Hercules Forces Headquaters will have moved to Brize Norton by December 2010.
The above statement was issued by the Station Commander GP Capt John Gladston
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The following photos were taken by our Chairman, Chris Scott, and are of the last four aircraft to leave RAF Lyneham, the photos were taken as they were flying low over SWINDON on their way to Brize Norton.
The lead aircraft was captained by the Station Commander
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RAF Lyneham station main entrance 1970.
It is interesting to see how the main entrance has changed more exposed and no Comet gate guardian aircraft on the entrance roundabout. The white building to the left is the Main Guard Room and the large low level two storey building in the background is the single accommodation for the Warrant Officers and Sergeants' of the RAF.
 
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RAF Lyneham 1970.
This image of the RAF Lyneham station main entrance roundabout, and the one above, was taken in 1970 by the late Chief Technician Bill Kidd a former airframe fitter on the Comets who was employed on the station in the late 1960 to 1970's. The image was kindly sent in by Bill's son Ian, who lived in the village during his parents tour at the station.
The single store building on the right hand side is the Service Sick Quarters and Dental Centre. The RAF ensign is proudly flown from the flag pole.
 
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RAF Lyneham Medical Centre1970.
The white building at the background is the single airmen and airwomen canteen, The Wessex Restaurant.
 
 
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Britannia Commemorative Wall 2009

This picture taken 2nd May 2009, shows the commemorative plague located on the roundabout to the station main entrance depicting the Bristol Britannia Long rang transport aircraft that operated from RAF Lyneham from 19th March 1959 to 1st June 1970. It lists the aircraft tail numbers and aircraft names given to the separate airplanes.

The plague was presented by The Britannia Association on the 30th April 1994 to all those who contributed to the successful operation of the Britannia aircraft. The badges at the bottom are No 99 Squadron and No 511 Squadron who both operated the long range transport aircraft. The station badge is in the centre.

 

Britannia C Mk 1: XM489 Denebola, XM490 Aldebaran, XM491 Procyon, XM496 Regulus, XM497 Schedar, XM498 Hadar, XM517 Avior, XM518 Spica, XM519 Capella, XM520 Arcturus, XL635 Bellatrix, XL636 Argo, XL637 Vega, XL638 Sirius, XL639 Atria, XL640 Antares, XL657 Rigel, XL658 Adhara, XL659 Polaris, XL660 Alphard.

Britannia C Mk 2: XN392 Acrux, XN398 Altair, XN404 Canopus,

 
 
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RAF Lyneham 1985
This aerial photograph taken in 1985 from the rear cargo door of another Hercules aircraft flying over the station. With thanks to RAF Lyneham.
 
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                          Comet XK699 Sagittarius.
The RAF Lyneham Gate Guardian Comet Mk2 XK699 named Sagittarius arrived at the airbase on the 16th October 1986, out of storage from RAF Henlow. After six months restoration and tender loving care it was placed opposite the entrance roundabout in pristine condition.
The aircraft was unveiled as the station gate guardian by Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne, Honorary Air Commodore on the 22nd June 1987.
The aircraft is located on the station entrance, grid reference SU 022 785.
 
Above photo taken by Adrian M Balch.
 
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This photo of the commemorative plague is located in front of the
ageing aircraft was taken 2nd May 2009.
 
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                             Comet Gate Guardian 2011
                                  Picture with thanks to Andy Humm - 9th April 2011
 
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                       Air Traffic Control 2003.
This image of the RAF Lyneham Air Traffic Control Tower was taken 5th August 2003 in the late evening during one of the spectactular sunsets seen over the airfield. A Hercules C130K is visible in the sky making a final circuit before landing on the runway.
 
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                           Herculean Sunset 2003
This image a C130K Hercules landing on the main 06/24 runway was taken 5th August 2003 in the late evening during one of the spectactular sunsets seen over the airfield.
 
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Station Post Office 2009.
This picture taken 2nd May 2009, shows the Station Sub-Post Office white portacabin building which was the former station Lloyds Bank. The Post Master was Mr Sid Skull who moved into the building when Lloyds Bank moved from the station. The former post office area was laid to grass.
The area here has significant historical heritage to the local community as it is the location where the former Lyneham Court manor building stood prior to the Air Ministry demolished it in 1939 to make way for the new airbase which opened 18th May 1940.
The building to the right were the former Education Centre for the airbase.
 
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Old Guardroom 2009
This picture taken 2nd May 2009, shows the old building which was the former station main guardroom, utilised when the entrance to the airbase was located at the Bradenstoke end of the airfield. The four pillar entrance was a stereotype architecture for military station guardrooms. When the main runway was extended to make way for the Comet aircraft, the station main entrance was moved from here to the entrance area next to the A3102 Lyneham to Calne Road.
 
 
 
 
 
This building was used by the Aircraft Support Team who used to wash the Hercules aircraft on the bay next to the fenced area. Initially the aircraft were washed by RAF teams but in 1997 the support services were taken over by Hunting Contact Services, when a multi-activity contract was awarded to save money on the airbase. Mr Stanley Taylor was the foreman to the aircraft wash teams who lived in the village and he was employed at RAF Lyneham for over 41 years before his sudden death.
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