RAF Fairford lies to the south of Fairford. It has the longest runway in Europe which has just been re-surfaced. It was originally built in the 1940s. Since then the Americans have leased it and it is sometimes a base for B52s which played a part in the Gulf War and in the action in Kosovo. It is also the European landing site for the space shuttle.
In the 1970s it was used for air-testing Concorde, the main test pilot being the late Brian Trubshaw who died in March 2001.
Photographs kindly supplied by Syd and Ros Flatman. Click on the pictures for larger versions.
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