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  • united kingdom RNEC Manadon

    Plymouth, Devon, England

    United Kingdom

    Satellite and aerial maps of HMS Thunderer with nearby locations

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    0.8067 Plumer Barracks, England
    1.6050 Seaton Barracks, England
    2.1189 Central Park, England
    2.4057EGH22 Derriford, England
    3.2053EGHD Plymouth, England
    3.9196 RN Hospital Stonehouse, England

    1939 to 1995

    50° 24' 21'' N - 4° 8' 31'' W
    2.5nm E Tamar Bridge
    Elevation: 292 feet

    History of this Location

    Land was purchased in 1937 to allow the expansion of the Engineering School contained within the Dockyard site at Keyham (opened Jul 1880) in Devonport, Plymouth. The site was opened in 1939 and rapidly expanded during WWII. The Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon was commissioned as HMS Thunderer in 1946.

    The helipad had been built by 1960, when it was used for a short period by Britannia Flt, until the Norton site was ready. Hangars containing a significant number of Ground Instruction (GI) airframes were to the north of the original 40 hectare site, roughly between where the present day Frobisher Approach and Warspite Gardens have been built.

    The site was closed in 1995, the GI airframes dispersed or scrapped, the developers moved in and sadly, another fine old building was lost from the Plymouth skyline.

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    List of aircraft and events at HMS Thunderer

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    By Date | By Serial

    1954-jan GI AirframeMinistry of Defence (MoD) S-51 VW209
    1960-dec-01 AccidentRN HR.3 WG752
    1963-mar G I AirframeRN UH-12B XB480
    1963-may G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XP146
    1963-may G I AirframeRN Saro P.531 XN332
    1967-mar G I AirframeRN HAR.5 XJ402
    1968-jun G I AirframeRN HR.1 VZ962
    1969-sep G I AirframeRN HU.5 XS509
    1970-mar-25 G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XP103
    1970-nov G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XS867
    1972-apr G I AirframeRN Wasp XV630
    1974 G I AirframeRN Wasp XV625
    1975-jul G I AirframeRN HAS7 XN309
    1979-may-21 Visiting RNECRAE HAS.1 XM330
    1980 G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XP149
    1980 G I AirframeRN Lynx XW839
    1980-may G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XS122
    1981 G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XS128
    1982-nov-23 Visiting RNEC72 Squadron HC.2 XR529
    1984-oct G I AirframeRN HAS.2 XZ249
    1987-jul G I AirframeRN HAS.1 XS153
    1990 Cockpit burntRN HAS7 XL879
    1991-jun-25 G I AirframeRN HU.5 XT760
    1992 RN Wasp XV625
    1992-jun G I AirframeRN Wasp XS529

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