Sculthorpe Stealth and Secrecy

Sculthorpe Stealth and Secrecy

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Set in the north Norfolk countryside, Sculthorpe was the hub of offensive operations until its closure in 1944 for upgrading as a base for heavy bombers, its runway ideal for US Strategic Air Command bombers like the B-29. By 1951, it was formally handed over to US control and became a prime front-line nuclear bomber base as well as a centre of intelligence gathering via secret surveillance flights over Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. There are many unanswered questions about the base during this period, not least regarding the 'RAF Special Duties Flight' which carried out two overflights of the Soviet Union in 1952 and 1954. After 1962, the airfield once again became a stand-by base used by the USAF, the RAF, and the Army.A Norfolk Airfield in the Cold War Peter B Gunn. T. 6. HANDOVER. TO. THE. AMERICANS. (1949a€“51). a#39;Air power may either end war or end civilisation. ... A further unitarrived at Sculthorpe on 22 December, the 23rd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron of the 5th Strategic ... January 1950; achange fromthemore advanced Boeing B 50s and possibly even aretrograde step intermsofthe aircraft capabilities.

Title:Sculthorpe Stealth and Secrecy
Author: Peter B Gunn
Publisher:The History Press - 2014-02-15

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