Field trip to Predannack & Poltesco

24 April 2015

Region: South West

Predannack Airfield Field Trip April 12th 2015

 

This trip was well attended with 12 members from Devon and Cornwall enjoying a visit to the far south of The Lizard Peninsular.

The day began with several members visiting Poltesco Valley and Caerleon Cove in the morning.  Poltesco, on The Lizard’s east coast in Cornwall, is a hidden valley with a wealth of ruins to explore. There are the remains of medieval mills, 17th-century pilchard cellars and a 19th-century busy serpentine harbour.

The afternoon was spent at The Royal Navy airfield ‘Predannack”.  We were escorted by CPO R Birchett, from RNAS Culdrose who is also a photographer and wild life volunteer for Natural England.

Encompassing a variety of post-war RAF and Royal Navy aircraft types, from Harrier Jump Jets and Wessex and Sea King helicopters to a Canberra Bomber and Sepecat Jaguar, this aircraft graveyard has captured the attention of photographers and aviation enthusiasts in the area.

Predannack opened in May 1941 as a satellite for RAF Portreath (now largely abandoned), equipped with Hawker Hurricanes charged with night defence duties of southwest England’s towns and ports.  During World War Two, Predannack’s location made it an ideal landing ground for damaged British and American bombers. Its size and position also suited it well as a staging post for planes en route to the North African theatre.

But Predannack is perhaps best known today for the collection of derelict aircraft parked on weed-strewn wartime dispersals on the south side of the airfield.

PLEASE SEE THE ALBUM WITH IMAGES TAKEN BY MEMBERS ON THE DAY AND PLEASE DO COMMENT ON THE IMAGES THEREIN