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RAF Chenies
Near Chenies, Buckinghamshire, England
grid reference TQ015997
RAF Chenies Met Office Radome
The Met Office radome sited next to abandoned structures.
Coordinates Latitude: 51.689670
Longitude: -0.530662
Built 1930 (1930)
RAF Chenies Antenna
Former HF transmitting antenna.

RAF Chenies is a former Royal Air Force radar intercept station located 1.4 miles (2.3 km) North of the village of Chenies in Buckinghamshire, built in the 1930s and originally used by RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War[1] repurposed in the 1950s as part of the ROTOR air defence programme.[2]

CultureEdit

During later years of operation when large parts of the base was disused the Operations Room was used by the technicians to play a game called “Chenies Ball”. A volleyball net would be set up across the centre of the room and a variant of the game ball$2$3 would be played where players were permitted to bounce the ball off the walls.[3]

Current useEdit

In the 1980s the station was used as the site for a Met Office weather radar station with a 'golf ball' styled Radome, still in use today.[4] As of September 2012, the site is being transformed to accommodate housing. All of the derelict buildings have been demolished, the antenna tower has been removed and construction is underway on at least 2 houses.[5] The active radar installation is still securely fenced off inside the larger compound.

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