The former Royal Air Force Station Coltishall, more commonly known as RAF Coltishall (IATA: CLF, ICAO: EGYC), was a Royal Air Force station, a military airbase, 10 miles (16 km) North-North-East of Norwich, in the English county of Norfolk, East Anglia, from 1938 to 2006
It was a fighter base in the Second World War and afterwards a base for night fighters then ground attack aircraft until closure.
After long standing speculation, the future of the station was sealed once the Ministry of Defence announced that the Typhoon, a rolling replacement aircraft, displacing the ageing Jaguars, would not be based there. The last of the Jaguar squadrons left on 1 April 2006 and the station finally closed, one month early and £10 million under budget, on 30 November 2006.
The station motto was Aggressive in Defence. The station crest is a stone tower surmounted by a mailed fist grasping three bind bolts (arrows), which symbolised a position of strength in defence of the homeland, indicative of the aggressive spirit which Coltishall fighter aircraft were prepared to shoot down the enemy*
I went to this site to get some photos of the base as recently, part of the RAF base had been converted into a paedophiles prison…
As a child, I used to watch fighter planes taking off on this run way. I grabbed my photography kit and set up for a quick photo.
RAF Coltishall Run Way
I carried on making my way around the perimeter until I can to a clearing. I grabbed this shot across the airfield – in the distance you can see the guided weapon systems compound
I saw the main control tower in the distance – I really wanted to see what was inside
Photo – Danger: Beryllium
The weather took a turn for the worse however it was not long lived – lots of shadows which made so moody shooting
I moved around the site, looking at the hangers – and peering through windows. The hangers are massive, really massive so had to keep switching lenses from 50mm to 11mm to get the right photos
Thought these labels were interesting
Went over to the ground support area to look at the differing array of buildings – looks like some of this was underground
This entire site holds so much history – in the time its been closed down, it still looks like it is in service – the condition is testament to the care that was put into it from the former service men. My granddad worked at RAF Colitshall in ground armament and is one of two people left alive team he used to work with. The set of photos will provide some good discussions between them
I can only wonder what the next move is for the site – hopefully the runway at some time may be active again.
Hope you enjoy and rest of the set is viewable here
* Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Coltishall