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Posted - 13 Apr 2004 :  09:39:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am trying to identify a disused airfield located East of Blackpool close to the village of Inskip. Any detail re name, history, etc would be much appreciated.


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Posted - 13 Apr 2004 :  10:14:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think it was a Fleet Air Arm base known as HMS Nightjar. A search of Google (or some other search engine) for HMS Nightjar should throw up some interesting links.


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Posted - 13 Apr 2004 :  20:37:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is now known as HMS Inskip. It is a RN radio staion, that has 4 large arials some 600 feet high if memory serves. I modeled them in my last release of Blackpool Airport and the Fylde Coast (Plug over). I think that the runways are virtually non-exisstant and have lots of shorter arials dotted around them. I understand that the large arials are used for Very Low Frequency radio communications to submarines hehe.

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Posted - 28 Apr 2004 :  16:41:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The dissused airfield is no longer known as HMS Inskip. It is now DCSA Radio Inskip and specialises in tri-service radio and microwave relay. However, it used to be a Fleet Air Arm training airfield.

Interestingly, during the war, it was announced on BBC radio that a new destroyer "HMS Inskip" had been launched - no doubt an attempt at false intelligence.

There is a Sea Cadet Training center still on site which is permanently staffed and this is still known as HMS Nightjar.

Hope the info helps....
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Posted - 10 Dec 2004 :  18:33:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I believe the runways where intact until the 1970s when they were broken up, the hardcore was used in the construction of the nearby M55 motorway.
There where a least a couple (I attended two) of open days in the 1980s (and 1990s?)
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Posted - 01 Jun 2005 :  19:41:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I served at HMS INSKIP
What do you want to know.
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