Pershore Airfield (disused)
Pershore was used as a dispersal airfield for the V force. During the practice exercises (either Micky Finn or Royal Flush) two Vulcans would fly in and be sited on the QRA pan at the end of the main runway. An Argosy brought in the ground crew and security personnel. Exercise finished with a scramble of the two Vulcans,
Student ATCO Pershore in 1968
I flew from Pershore to Fanborough in 1964 in an Anson transport kept for Ministry of Aviation purposes at this airffield when working on a student thesis project and then attached to the college of electronics at the Radar Research Establishment. It was a memorable first flight for me if only some 30 minutes long as the Anson was streaming oil from both engine cowlings and flying low was also subject to all the local weather variations; since that date i've flown commercially over 2000 times in my work career but in nothing as ancient or characterful as that Anson!
I remember that Tony Robinson commented during the Time Team programme dig there, around 2004 I think, that the airfield was once used by an Avro Vulcan squadron during the cold war period. Was this a factual statement or just hearsay as the runways would not have seemed long or strong enough to take these massive 'V' bombers from my memory of the place?
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