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1950s (© UKAEA via Steve Foster)
RAF Dounreay - RN HMS Tern II - airfield
Airfield Today:
Nuclear Decomissioning Authority, decommissioning the Dounreay nuclear reactors and clearing the site, clean-up planned to be completed by 2036 and use as a brownfieldsite from 2336
Tower Type:
Watch Office for all Commands 12779/41 with front windows to 343/43 and two different styles of rooftop VCR
Tower:
Demolished June 2007
Other Buildings:
Demolished June 2007
History:
04/44, Built for RAF Coastal Command but not used by them, airfield opened and was then on care and maintenance.
05/44 to 10/54, Transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS Tern II but not commissioned and on care and maintenance until 1954.
1954 to 2000, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority power station and research centre - Dounreay Nuclear Power Development Establishment, one runway was retained. Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR), with its famous “dome of discovery” operated from 1959 to 1977, the Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR), a larger model, ran from 1974 to 1994.
2000 to 2036, Site decommissioning and clean-up.
Dounreay airfield
1950s (© UKAEA via Steve Foster)
RAF Dounreay - RN HMS Tern II - airfield
Airfield:
Care and maintenance
Opened:
04/1944
Closed:
/1954
Code:
DN
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
x2 - then x3 - runways
Hangars:
x1 - Mainhill, x1 - Pentad, x2 - T2
County:
Caithness, Scotland
Location:
1-1/2 miles NE of Reay
OS Ref:
NC993670
Links:
UKAEA Dounreay website
©:
All photographs copyright UKAEA © as stated
Dounreay airfield
June 2007 (© UKAEA via Steve Foster)
RAF Dounreay - RN HMS Tern II - airfield
RAF Dounreay airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2007 - Dounreay -