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Beach Airstrips 11 Jan 2019 18:47 #11

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Peter Kirk wrote: I was thinking of a a military exercise with a Hercules or possibly an Andover landing on a beach. It was a while ago!


Wasn't there a bit on Top Gear film at Pendine which ha a C130, ion not landing flying very low????

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Beach Airstrips 11 Jan 2019 19:02 #12

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Pembrey and the Atlas covered here:

www.airforce-technology.com/news/raf-a400m-atlas-beach-landing/

Quote: "The British Royal Air Force’s (RAF) A400M Atlas aircraft has carried out beach landing trials on Pembrey Sands beach in southern Wales.

The trials were conducted for the first time and involved 206 Squadron members and engineers front-line squadron LXX based at RAF Brize Norton.

During the trials, the Airbus-built turboprop military transport aircraft performed take-off, landing and taxiing manoeuvres. The test proved the aircraft’s tactical capabilities on a range of surfaces, including natural surfaces.

In addition, it allowed the military aircrew to practice and hone their skills in flying the tactical airlifter.

206 Squadron pilot flight lieutenant Cheng said: “The advanced flight deck of the A400M and cutting-edge fly by wire controls made this task easier to fly than other platforms. We are now looking forward to the challenge of conducting this operation using night vision goggles later in the trial.”
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Beach Airstrips 11 Jan 2019 19:07 #13

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Saunton Sands again in 2006. Links to the original are no longer working.

commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:C-130_Mk...ip._MOD_45151000.jpg
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Beach Airstrips 11 Jan 2019 20:39 #14

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Several others have been used in the past, particularly for Air Ambulances.

Askernish
Breachacha Sands
Bowmore Sands


I presume they used the bay here
www.flickr.com/photos/doffcocker/albums/72157648858263496

I am sure I have read that the RAF used the large bay North West of Leverburgh in WWII.
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Beach Airstrips 12 Jan 2019 16:50 #15

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Beaches have also been used for pleasure flights. There's a nice video on the Moving Image Archive website showing an Avro 548 of Pleasure Flying Services using the beach at St Andrew's, Fife circa 1929
(between 0.24s and 2.20mins) -

movingimage.nls.uk/film/2830?search_term...AND&search_fuzzy=yes

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Beach Airstrips 12 Jan 2019 18:24 #16

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Also Southport and Hesketh Sands, the former is still used I think or until recent decades anyway.
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Beach Airstrips 12 Jan 2019 19:42 #17

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PETERTHEEATER wrote: Saunton Sanda was, of course, the main US Assault Training Area of WW2 ;

Appears to be an airfield missing from that map!

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Beach Airstrips 12 Jan 2019 22:04 #18

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If you mean Chivenor, it is marked, but in a very faded colour - possibly a product of the monochrome microfilming process.

I know from experience in the seventies, that some colours fail to register unless you fork out for colour stock!
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Beach Airstrips 13 Jan 2019 06:24 #19

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You can just see the letter 'C' within a circle and an arrow pointing to 'Coastal Command Airdrome'

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Beach Airstrips 13 Jan 2019 13:16 #20

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My initial focus was on the beaches being used by Hercules & A400 training and testing , ie Saunton and Pembrey ( I think Pendine is not used?) but there have been many instances of Pleasure Flights and Aerial Joy RIdes using beaches particularly in the 1920s ( Avro 504 and DH9, etc) and in the mid 1950s (Auster and Hornet Moth among others), thinking in particular of Skegness and Cleethorpes beaches in Lincolnshire

In addition Record attempts originated from beaches, for instance the Lochheed Electra from Ainsdale Beach
www.airfieldresearchgroup.org.uk/forum/l...out-sculpture#136050

and
www.airfieldresearchgroup.org.uk/forum/l...out-sculpture#136050
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