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RAF Langham
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
Langham, Norfolk
DSC 0336-langham-dome
WWII ground-to-air training dome
Type Royal Air Force station
Coordinates Latitude: 52.938
Longitude: 0.958
Built 1940 (1940)
In use 1940-1961 (1961)
Current
owner
Air Ministry
Controlled by Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Garrison RAF Coastal Command
Battles/wars Second World War, Cold War

Royal Air Force station Langham or simply RAF Langham is a former Royal Air Force station, located 15 miles (24 km) North-West of Norwich, Norfolk, England, from 1940 to 1961.

HistoryEdit

The airfield was originally equipped with three grass runways. Originally opened as a satellite station for RAF Bircham Newton, the station became independent in 1942, when it was upgraded with concrete runways, perimeter track and hardstandings, and there is evidence to suggest that it was equipped with the FIDO fog dispersal system.[1]

In 1947 the station was placed into care and maintenance, but it was reactivated during the Korean War. It was later used as an emergency landing strip for RAF Sculthorpe, before final closure in 1961.

Langham aircraftEdit

Several types of aircraft have operated out of Langham, among these:

Langham unitsEdit

Current useEdit

The station was purchased by Bernard Matthews, who constructed turkey sheds on the runways. The turkey farm is now operated by another farmer, but the construction of the sheds has preserved large sections of the runways.[2]

Surviving buildings on the site include the control tower and a dome trainer building used for the instruction of ground to air anti-aircraft gunnery.[3]

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