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  • united kingdom Predannack

    Mullion, Cornwall, Cornwall

    United Kingdom

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    0.6204 Predannack 711-DD, Cornwall
    7.8083 Downas Cove, Cornwall
    9.3352EGDR RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall
    10.0074GBCOV Coverack, Cornwall
    10.2001GBGWK Gweek, Cornwall
    10.4347 Navy 827, Cornwall

    1941 to present

    50° 0' 0'' N - 5° 14' 0'' W
    10km S of Helston, Cornwall
    Elevation: 295 feet

    History of this Location

    Building work began for an RAF advanced night fighter base to protect the nearby ports of Falmouth and Penzance / Newlyn during 1940 and RAF Predannack Down opened in 1941 as part of Portreath Sector. RAF Predannack Down was the westernmost of a clutch of other RAF (non-flying) bases during WWII. RAF Dry Tree was a Chain Home radar station at Goonhilly, RAF Pen Olver near The Lizard was a Chain Home Low site and in 1942, RAF Trelanvean towards Coverack was built, as another CH site.
    It later transferred to RAF Coastal Command until it went into care and maintenance on 1 Jun 1946. After a short period of experimental use by Vickers under the supervision of Barnes Wallis around 1951, the base was taken over by the Royal Navy on 15 Dec 1958.
    The airfield was allocated the ICAO code EGDO but this fell out of use as it became a satellite airfield for nearby RNAS Culdrose, to handle intensive helicopter operations and as a relief landing ground.  There is also a small range on the site and the RN Fire Fighting School moved here in 1971.
    Situated on the western side of the spectacular Lizard Peninsula, parts of the base away from the operational areas are within a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its combination of botanical (orchids), zoological (butterflies & snakes) and geological (bastite & serpentinite) uniqueness.
    A plaque at the entrance, commemorating those who served at RAF Predannack Down during World War II was unveiled on 11 June 2002. It  reads:

    Like a breath of wind gone in a fleeting second only the memories now remain.
    Supporting recent Cornish initiatives in Aerospace, Predannacks proximity to UK Danger Areas EG_D005A and EG_D005B has led to it becoming popular for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System testing and courses, alongside its activities with 700(X) NAS with its UAVs.

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
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    1995/    SFDO

    List of aircraft and events at Predannack

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    1960-jun-09 Accident705 NAS HR.3 WG669
    1965-jun-04 Accident705 NAS HAS7 XN263
    1965-nov-02 AccidentRN HR.3 WP494
    1966-jun-17 AccidentRN HAS.1 XM921
    1966-jun-17 AccidentRN HAS7 XM686
    1970-aug G I AirframeRN HAR.1 XA869
    1973-feb-09 AccidentRN UH-12E XS162
    1974-oct G I AirframeRN HAS7 XL835
    1977-jun G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XM842
    1977-jun G I AirframeRN HAS7 XM669
    1982-jan G I AirframeRN Wasp XS463
    1983-aug-02 G I AirframeRN HAS7 XL836
    1984-may G I AirframeRN HU.5 XT450
    1986-feb G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XS125
    1986-apr G I AirframeRN HAS7 XL846
    1986-may G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XP149
    1986-jun Fire trainingRN HAS.1 XS119
    1986-sep-11 G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XP107
    1987-apr G I AirframeRN Wasp XT441
    1989-jun RN HAS.2 XZ249
    1989-aug RN HAS.1 XM838
    1990 G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XM331
    1990 G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XM841
    1990 G I AirframeRN HAS7 XM667
    1990 G I AirframeRN HAS7 XN314
    1990-may G I AirframeRN HAS7 XL899
    1992-oct G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XM868
    1992-oct G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XM874
    1992-oct G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XP160
    1992-oct-28 G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XV644
    1992-oct-28 RN HAS.1 XM868
    1992-nov-17 G I AirframeRN HU.5 XT481
    1993-nov G I AirframeRN Wasp XS538
    1994-jan-18 G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XS877
    1994-mar-10 RN HAS7 XL880
    1997-jan-26 RN HAS.1 XM870
    1997-jul-15 RN HAS.1 XP151
    1999-jul-19 RN HU.5 XT463
    2000-mar-01 SFDO /66 HAS.5 ZD631
    2006-sep-26 HAS.1 XP137
    2007-apr RN HU.5 XT468
    2007-apr RN HU.5 XT762
    2007-apr-07 wreckageRN Wasp XS529
    2008-apr-03 G I AirframeSFDO /66 HAS.5 ZD631
    2008-dec RN HAS.2 XZ570
    2011-apr RN HAS.1 XS885
    2011-jul-26 HAS.2 XZ570
    2014-nov G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XV654
    2017-jun-02 G I AirframeRN S-61D-1 XV371
    2017-jun-05 G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XV657
    2017-sep G I AirframeAAC AH9 ZG915
    2019-feb AAC AH9 ZG919
    2019-mar-31 G I AirframeAAC AH9 ZG919
    2019-mar-31 G I AirframeAAC AH9 ZG915
    2019-mar-31 G I AirframeSFDO HAS.1 XV657
    2019-mar-31 G I AirframeSFDO HAS.1 XV654
    2019-mar-31 G I AirframeSFDO HAS.2 XZ570
    2019-mar-31 G I AirframeSFDO /261-DD S-61D-1 XV371

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