Visited July 2007
This was a group visit to RAF Holmpton which was Ground Control Intercept (GCI)R3 Rotor Radar Station.
The present site of RAF Holmpton was built between 1951 and 1952 and started its operational life in 1953 as an Early Warning Radar Station.
Going on to become a principal radar site this remained operational until the relocation of the radars in 1974, the Station then became a training facility for RAF Radar Technicians until 1984 parented by RAF Leaconfield. During the mid 1980's it was rebuilt as a new Emergency War HQ for RAF, Support Command parented by RAF Brampton, but with the ending of the Cold War it reverted to training between 1992 and 1995, this time being used by the RAF Regiment, the RAF Police, the ROC and the TA. Further rebuilding in 1995 saw it once again become a Technical Operations Centre with projected plans for a massive rebuild. However this final phase did not proceed and RAF Holmpton eventually moved onto care and maintenance in year 2000 parented by RAF Digby under Personnel and Training Command HQ at RAF Innsworth.
This information has been taken from the RAF Holmpton website. Public tours are available and i strongly suggest you take the time to visit this piece of history. And well worth the few pounds entrance fee to help towards the running costs.
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