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fantassin
01-25-2006, 04:28 PM
An interesting British website on:

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alan-turnbull/secret.htm

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Sometimes, you can stumble upon the downright bizarre! Consider the Pontrilas Army Training Area (often known by its acronym PATA), which is fairly self-explanatory. The area, north of the village of Pontrilas in Herefordshire, close to the Welsh border, seems to be a former munitions depot, judging by the (dismantled) train line system, just west of the training area's main gate, near the village of Ewyas Harold.

The old disused munitions train line system once connected into the nearby main line at a branch junction in the village of Pontrilas itself, a little further south.

But wait, hold on! What on earth is THIS? What is a jet aircraft doing hidden in a clearing in Gilbert's Hill Wood? Perhaps the clue is the county location: Herefordshire. Yes, the PATA is now used exclusively by the UK's Special Forces, the SAS. The plane (shown in close-up further below) is rumoured to be used for counter-terrorism training. Rather than a real jet, it seems likely that the aircraft is in fact merely a "mock-up", similar to those used on film productions.

In the aerial photograph, note that just north of the aircraft, the SAS have erected a barrier (indicated below) joining the two copses to the west and east, to hide their activities from the neighbouring farm and road.

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alan-turnbull/pontrilas.jpg

MrScruff
01-25-2006, 04:30 PM
There's an entire German village in Norfolk

Gringo
01-25-2006, 04:42 PM
Watch out, if you find The Village on there, it may end up as your 'home away from home'.

indigo_prime
01-25-2006, 05:26 PM
We were on an exercise a couple of years back somewhere up in the North West of England and there is a camp there, pretty much disused, but all the road signs around the camp are similar to those found in Bosnia and Croatia etc.

Swedish Chef
01-25-2006, 05:58 PM
Any pic's from Stirling Lines, Hereford? We might not be able to determine the colour of the boat house, but I'm sure we could determine the colour of it's roof :lol:.

Gordon
01-25-2006, 06:15 PM
I think they moved out of stirling lines a while back .. ;)

SHAM
01-25-2006, 06:17 PM
Any pic's from Stirling Lines, Hereford? We might not be able to determine the colour of the boat house, but I'm sure we could determine the colour of it's roof :lol:.

Maybe so, but according to the site below it was sold in 2001 - 2002, didnt they move to some airbase in the north west of england?
Creden Hill?

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/ukds/2002/chap6frame.html


This is as close as i get to a picture of it.

SHAM
01-25-2006, 06:31 PM
SAS OPEN DAY- CREDENHILL

30 SEPTEMBER 2000

OFFICIAL OPENING

On 30 September 2000 at 11.00 hours, the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment held the Official Opening Ceremony for their new Stirling Lines Headquarters at Credenhill in Herefordshire. It was performed by both The Rt Hon The Earl of Jellicoe and the Regiments Commanding Officer. The ceremony took place next to the unit's majestic and sombre "Clock Tower", which had been re-housed in the barracks memorial garden in front of the Regimental church. Engraved on the memorial are the names of Regiment members who have lost their life after being prepared to "go beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow" which is the units aim. Included was the last name, Brad Tinnion, who gave his life in the recent Sierra Leone conflict.

Later there was a Memorial Tree Planting Ceremony for Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Mayne, a legendary figure from the units early days. He Commanded 1 SAS after becoming one of the first recruits in founder Sir David Stirlings new desert unit. A number of VIP were also in attendance, and mingled with relatives and close friends of both serving, and ex members of the SAS.

Under tents, all sections of the Regiment were represented in "Squadron Interest Rooms", where training and current video's which had been taken on operations and deployments were shown. In addition, each unit had members in uniform to answer any questions. There were also "hands on" displays of uniforms, personal equipment and medical equipment, included a communications tent which included VHF/UHF/HF and Sat Comm's, both secure voice and data. There was also a vast array of weapons to handle, or see in use on the nearby range.

Outside were a large number of vehicles used by the Regiment both at present and in the past, and if meeting and talking to members of the regiment failed to get your adrenaline flowing, there was also the opportunity to have rides in the fun fare. These included the big wheel, which gave a panoramic and stunning view over the camp!

The main arena was the focal point for various events, which commenced at 1300. The first a Regimental free-fall troop, making a precision landing after exiting a RAF C130. This was followed by a Special Forces Air and Aviation Fly past, which included Puma, Chinook, Lynx, Gazelle and the seen but very rarely recognised 8 Flight Agusta A109 helicopters. Following the fly-past's (which included a second "tactical" flyby by the C130), the helicopters landed amongst the ground displays, and were available for inspection. On the nearby helipad were the units other Agusta A109's, which were in company with two visiting Twin Squirrels, one of them being from 32 (The Royal) Squadron at RAF Northolt, and a USAFE 352nd SOG MH53 from Mildenhall.

Following the fly-past's, a Mobility Troop contact drill followed in the arena, which gave the opportunity for an extensive firefight. The Royal Signals White Helmet's Display Team then performed their motorcycle display, which was followed by the Ministry of Defence Police Dog Display Team. The Red Arrows then gave a low level display due to cloud, which was followed by the bands of the Brigade of Gurkas and the Waterloo Band of the Royal Green Jackets Royal Rifle Volunteer's, "Sounding the Retreat".

The day ended when three Agusta 109's made a low-level fly past, after a "10 man" troop had exited from them at high level, for the final free-fall display.

SUMMARY

A unique day at a unique base meeting a unique and professional team. A day that I guess will not be repeated for a long time, if ever

Noob Brit
01-25-2006, 09:18 PM
Any pic's from Stirling Lines, Hereford? We might not be able to determine the colour of the boat house, but I'm sure we could determine the colour of it's roof :lol:.

There's a really crap low-res view of it on multimap > http://www.multimap.com/map/photo.cgi?client=public&X=351000&Y=238250&width=700&height=400&gride=&gridn=&srec=0&coordsys=gb&db=&pc=&zm=0&scale=5000&down.x=288&down.y=5. Stuck in the middle of a housing estate - no wonder they moved.

adi
01-26-2006, 03:54 AM
Looks like a Hawker Hunter warbird to me


But wait, hold on! What on earth is THIS? What is a jet aircraft doing hidden in a clearing in Gilbert's Hill Wood? Perhaps the clue is the county location: Herefordshire. Yes, the PATA is now used exclusively by the UK's Special Forces, the SAS. The plane (shown in close-up further below) is rumoured to be used for counter-terrorism training. Rather than a real jet, it seems likely that the aircraft is in fact merely a "mock-up", similar to those used on film productions.

PaulClift
01-26-2006, 05:40 AM
It could be stirling services, they have an old airframe somewhere for corporate days where they teach you how to assault an airliner with all the kit on, and airsoft :)

Its run by ex sas, including mac.

kazbitch
10-15-2006, 10:28 PM
old old topic but thought id bump it up.

Maybe so, but according to the site below it was sold in 2001 - 2002, didnt they move to some airbase in the north west of england?
Creden Hill?

Credenhill is actually 5 miles north of Hereford


There's a really crap low-res view of it on multimap > http://www.multimap.com/map/photo.cgi?client=public&X=351000&Y=238250&width=700&height=400&gride=&gridn=&srec=0&coordsys=gb&db=&pc=&zm=0&scale=5000&down.x=288&down.y=5. Stuck in the middle of a housing estate - no wonder they moved.

My place is visable just down Holme lacy Road around the back of the old camp.The pic really shows why they had to move in the end.

Oimi
04-24-2011, 03:50 AM
It had to move because of its proximity to residential houses?

Bacon
04-24-2011, 03:54 AM
It had to move because of its proximity to residential houses?

Nice necro post.

0497
04-25-2011, 02:47 AM
Was Google Maps around in 2006?

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=51.969389,-2.868633&spn=0.012797,0.049825&t=h&z=15