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    Default Middleton St. George Runway lengths?

    I have received an aerial photo of Middleton St. George (May, 1943). There were 3 runways of differing lengths. Does anyone know the lengths of these runways? Were these lengths standard amongst BC bases?

    Jim

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    Hi Jim

    Middletons runways were

    1. 1400 yards x 50 yards
    2. 2000 yards x 50 yards
    3. 1400 yards x 50 yards

    Some BC airfields had longer, some shorter but the above was pretty standard

    Cheers

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    Many thanks, Eddie!

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    Hi Jim
    Take a look at http://www.raf.mod.uk/bombercommand/s93.html while it still exists and there is detail on Middleton. They give the runways Magnetic headings and not Nos but the dimensions are close to what Eddie has posted except for 01/19 where they mention an extension from 1100yds but don't say to what length it finally went
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    Thanks for that, Dick. I quote the following from the link you provided: "Although a grass surface had been prepared for the landing ground, an ash and hard core perimeter track was put down in the winter of 1939-40 and later in 1940 concrete runways were laid. These were OS-23 and 09-27 at 1,333 yards and 01-19 at 1,100 yards soon subject to extension. Before the work was completed, OS-23 was lengthened to 2,100 yards and 09-27 to 1,400."

    From that, what were the compass bearings/headings? It's not clear to me from this.

    Jim

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    In Paul Tweddle's book "Into the night Sky" ( the story of M. St. G.), Sutton Publishing 2007,
    variously priced on Amazon, ISBN no. 978-0-7509-4596-7, Ch. 1 P.5,

    "...together with one 2000ft (later extended to 2,400ft) runway and another at 1400ft, both linked by a 50ft wide perimeter taxiway, built of concrete 6 inches thick, to the hard-standings, each of which was 125ft in diameter."

    Work started in 1938 and opened on 15 January 1941, though some work continued into 1942.

    The dimensions here are given in feet not yards.

    Stewart

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    Stewart: those runway lengths (in feet) seem to be considerably different than the same measurements provided by Dick and Eddie in yards. Did you mean feet or yards?

    Jim

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    Jim OS-23 should be 05-23. If you add a zero to each pair of figures you get 050 degrees and 230 degrees. This applies to each set of figures.
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    Jim,
    Just quoting from the book, which gives it in FEET.

    on the raf.mod.uk/bombercommands/stations site:-

    "...OS-23 and 09-27 at 1,333 YARDS and 01-19 at 1,100 YARDS soon subject to extension. Before the work was completed, OS-23 was lengthened to 2,100 YARDS and 09-27 to 1,400."
    ... In the autumn of 1957 the main runway was extended to 2,500 ... The following year Hunters and Javelins appeared. ... In 1987 the airfield officially became Teesside International Airport when the main runway was lengthened to 3,330 YARDS."

    You'll have to get the slide rule out (do we still use them?).

    Stewart

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