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Rear view of the extended 1940 control tower building - the original portion of the building is in the centre with the lower roofline 2006 (© Robert Truman)
RNAS Yeovilton airfield, HMS Heron
Airfield Today:
Royal Naval Air Station HMS Heron and Fleet Air Arm Museum
Tower Type:
1. 1940 Control Building including Shelter for flare lorry, ambulance and crash tender 117/40, (with 1960s side extensions)
2. Multi-storey ATC building with rooftop VCR
Tower:
1. Demolished 2006, replaced by:
2. RN Air Traffic Control - operational 2006
Other Buildings:
Many
History:
Officially opened 1st June and commissioned as HMS Heron on the 18th June 1940.
1938 to 1985, Westland Aircraft Ltd built an aircraft repair facility just to the west of the airfield, site sold to the Royal Navy.
During the war Yeovilton saw most, if not all of the aircraft types used by the Fleet Air Arm and Squadrons here included 700, 736, 748, 750, 751, 752, 758, 759, 760, 761, 762, 787, 794, 804, 807, 827, 1770 and 1771.
Postwar the airfield remains a major site and Squadrons based here have included 702, 707, 715, 766, 767, 799, 815, 845, 846,847, 848, 890, 892 and 893. Merryfield is also used by Yeovilton.
Front of the extended 1940 control tower building - the original portion of the building is in the centre within the red brick strips 2006 (© Robert Truman)
   
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HMS Heron RN Air Station
Airfield:
RN Fighter and helicopter
Opened:
01/06/1940
Closed:
N/A
ID Code:
?
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
4x - tarmac
Hangars:
1944: 12x - Bellman, 7x - Mains, 1x - ARS
County:
Somerset
Location:
4 miles N of Yeovil
OS Ref:
ST554234
Links:
Yeovilton control tower photopage
Fleet Air Arm Museum: www.fleetairarm.com
©:
All photographs copyright © Robert Truman
RNAS Yeovilton airfield - HMS Heron
Replacement control tower built 2005-06 2006 (© Robert Truman)
RNAS Yeovilton airfield - HMS Heron
2006 (© Robert Truman)
RNAS Yeovilton airfield - HMS Heron
RNAS Yeovilton airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2001