Wednesday, 27 July 2016

RAF Air Defence Radar Museum, Neatishead, Norfolk

We recently paid this museum a visit after seeing a leaflet for it.  My husband and myself both grew up around the area of the USAF bases of Mildenhall and Lakenheath in Suffolk and attended many of the Mildenhall Air Shows back in the 80s.  My husband also worked on many of the RAF and USAF bases around this area including RAF Neatishead before its closure around 2004.  We were pleasantly surprised at how interesting it turned out to be.  For more information of the museum please follow this link:

There are several large pieces of equipment sitting around the edges of the car park as you arrive.

When you arrive it is a good idea to attend the introductory talk, carried out by one of the many volunteers and set times during the day, it will give you a brief history of the site and also an insight into the development of Radar.  It does not take long and if like us you are the only ones there at the allocated time you get your own personal talk.

Then you are free to wander around the various rooms full of exhibits, again their are lots of volunteers on hand to talk you through what you are looking at, they are all very knowledgeable and passionate about the museum.

A selection of finger dial telephones, I can remember us having a bright green one at home when I was growing up.

We had one of the beige telephones at the far left of this shot when we first got married.

It is amazing how big and bulky everything looks in comparison to today's technology.

The folders on the tables were packed full of photographs of the men and women who served on the base and their daily lives.

Ian trying out the ejector seat for size.

Again take the time to stop and listen to the talk carried out in 'The Cold War Room' it is certainly very interesting just what used to go on around the coast of the United Kingdom.

Ian being given a guided tour around the controls of a Jaguar cockpit, a aeroplane that we have often seen roar over our heads.

We took a picnic with us but there is also a cafe on site where you can buy a light lunch or tea and cakes.

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