united kingdom RNEC Manadon

Plymouth, England
united kingdom

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1.6 50 Seaton Barracks, England
2.1189 Central Park, England
2.4 57 Derriford, England
3.2 53EGHD Plymouth, England
3.9196 RN Hospital Stonehouse, England
4.0248 HMS Drake, England

1939 to 1995

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

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 and 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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1954-jan GI AirframeMinistry of Defence (MoD)S-51 / R-5 / H-5VW209
1963-mar G I AirframeFleet Air ArmUH-12B HTE-2XB480
1963-may G I AirframeFleet Air ArmSaro P.531XN332
1963-may G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XP146
1967-mar G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWhirlwind HAR.3XJ402
1968-jun G I AirframeFleet Air ArmDragonfly HR.1VZ962
1969-sep G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XS509
1972-apr G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWaspXV630
1975-jul G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWhirlwind HAS.7XN309
1979-may-21 Visiting RNECMinistry of Defence (MoD)Wessex HAS.1XM330
1980 G I AirframeFleet Air ArmLynxXW839
1980 G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XP149
1980-may G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XS122
1981 G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XS128
1982-nov-23 Visiting RNECRoyal Air ForceWessex HC.2XR529
1984-apr G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWaspXV625
1984-oct G I AirframeFleet Air ArmLynx HAS2XZ249
1987-jul G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XS153
1990 Cockpit burntFleet Air ArmWhirlwind HAS.7XL879
1991-jun-25 G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XT760
1992-jun G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWaspXS529

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