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    Default Is this a ground sign for airmen?

    https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.45.../data=!3m1!1e3

    I flew over this decades ago and presumed that it is a sign for airmen, perhaps planted in WW2 , but now we have www I have looked and not found any information about it.

    It is on the moor above Glossop . The T points to the prevailing wind direction on an average day and almost straight at runway 23 of (Ringway) Manchester airport.

    Nearby a B29 crashed on the moor.

    Does anyone know anything about this plantation?

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    Default Re: Is this a ground sign for airmen?

    I doubt it. I suspect it is just coincidence that it lines up. Many plantations seem to follow historical lines so there may be a precedent on old OS maps. In any event if they are marked on pre flying maps it rules that purpose out.

    One example springs to mind. There is a cross shaped plantation on the site of Berners Heath bombing range in Suffolk and press articles have convinced the public it was a target. It was not there when the range was active and was planted in the late fifties as a homage to a cross shape plantation that was removed when the range was built in the late thirties.

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    Default Re: Is this a ground sign for airmen?

    This is a useful tool for comparing satellite images with older maps:

    https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side...ight=ESRIWorld

    You can select the dates of the maps using the drop-down menu. For example the T shape doesn't seem to be on the OS One Inch 1945-1947 or the OS One Inch 7th series 1955-1961.

    You can have hours of fun just looking to see what's changed...!

    Regards

    Simon
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Default Re: Is this a ground sign for airmen?

    Simon,
    Getting side-tracked whilst already on a side-track?????????????????
    Been there, done it, got the T-shirt(s)(!!!
    HTH
    Peter Davies
    Meteorology is a science; good meteorology is an art!
    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Default Re: Is this a ground sign for airmen?

    Thanks for looking at it and some good ideas. That nls mapping site is going to need some extensive study I think. OS used to display their old maps but no longer seem to do that , at least not free.

    Clearly not WW2, so it remains a mystery. Sextants were still being played with in jets at least until fairly recently , in case the electrical systems went down, so it could still be that there is something to know. If you extend the lines you will bump into something eventually if only by chance so that will not solve it alone.

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