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Tuesday, 11 February, 2003
Inside RAF Fylingdales
Station Commander Chris Knapman
Station Commander Chris Knapman

No stranger to controversy RAF Fylingdales has recently been in the spotlight again.

No doubt many have wondered what it's like inside the base. So thought we'd show you.

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 RAF Fylingdales opened in 1962.

 The base functions as a ballistic missile warning station and also tracks satellite launches.

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RAF Fylingdales has been in operation for around 40 years. It was built as an early warning station during the cold war to detect a potential nuclear attack.

Like most military installations the base isn't open to the public and has tight security to prevent trespass.

However we have been granted entry and allowed to take photos.

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Click on the pictures below for a bigger image.

Rear of a radar panel  Radar panels
This is the back of one the stations water cooled radar panels
Operations room   Operations room
Where the data collected by the radar system is monitored
Flight Lieutenant Martin Hull   Data terminals
Flight Lieutenant Martin Hull shows one of the ageing computer terminals used to monitor the radar
Internal security door   Interior base security
18" steel doors were installed during the cold war. With these closed the base can be self sufficient.
PC Kev Benton   External base security
PC Kev Benton and his colleagues in the MOD police patrol the base perimeter
Raf Fylingdales - panoramic view  

Panoramic view
A 360 degree view taken near to the Fylingdales base. The base is at the top right when the image opens.


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