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  • united kingdom Bedford (Thurleigh)

    Bedford, Bedfordshire, England

    United Kingdom

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    0.9329 Bedford Autodrome, England
    1.2078EGBF Bedford Aerodrome, England
    6.9078 Little Staughton, England
    14.1168GBCRT Cardington, England
    17.6008GBMLS RAF Molesworth, England
    18.4058 Brampton, England

    1941 to 1997

    52° 13' 49'' N - 0° 27' 47'' W
    5nm N of Bedford
    Elevation: 293 feet

    History of this Location

    Immediately after WWII, an aviation research station was constructed and the original site expanded eastwards on to newly acquired land. Research flying restarted around 1954 and RAE Bedford was the location of the Rolling Deck which was used for trials of the P.531 in late Apr 1961 as development work for the eventual Wasp HAS.1 was beginning. Other innovations, such as the Blind Landing Experimental Unit were also based here. Government research flying ceased in 1994 when this activity moved to RAE Boscombe Down.
    After operational flying ceased, the airfield has been partitioned into a number of different business areas. The north side has become a vehicle engineering, testing and motorsport circuit with its own helipad at Bedford Autodrome. The western 2/3 of the main runway and adjacent area is now a large Vehicle Holding Centre and store. The eastern 1/3 of the main runway has become Bedford Aerodrome, which primarily serves the Autodrome.

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    List of units at Bedford (Thurleigh)

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
    normal: Unit no longer at this base
    1988/91Royal Aerospace Establishment

    List of aircraft and events at Bedford (Thurleigh)

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    1961-nov TrialsMinistry of Defence (MoD) HAS7 XK906
    1971-mar Aerodynamics FltRAE HC.2 XR503
    1971-jun-15 Westland AH.1 XP191
    1973-mar Radar Research FltRAE /19-VL HAS.1 XM926
    1978-mar Flight Systems FltRAE HC.2 XR503
    1978-mar Flight Systems FltHMG PUMA XW241
    1978-mar Radar Research FltRRFU SA330E XW234
    1990 StoredHMG PUMA XW241

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