RRH Staxton Wold

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RRH Staxton Wold
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Near Scarborough, North Yorkshire in England
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RAF Staxton Wold
RAF Staxton Wold badge
Vigilamus et Defendimus
(Latin for We Watch and We Ward)[1]
RRH Staxton Wold is located in North Yorkshire
RRH Staxton Wold
RRH Staxton Wold
Shown within North Yorkshire
Coordinates 54°11′11″N 000°26′04″W / 54.18639°N 0.43444°W / 54.18639; -0.43444Coordinates: 54°11′11″N 000°26′04″W / 54.18639°N 0.43444°W / 54.18639; -0.43444
Type Remote Radar Head
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator Royal Air Force
Controlled by No. 1 Group (Air Combat)
Radar type Lockheed Martin AN/TPS-77
Site history
Built 1936 (1936)
In use 1937-Present
Garrison information
Occupants Radar Flight (South)

RRH Staxton Wold is a Royal Air Force Remote Radar Head near Scarborough in North Yorkshire, England.[2]

The present-day site of RRH Staxton Wold has had an early warning function since the 3rd century AD, when it was the site of a warning beacon. It was first selected to be used as a radar station in 1937, when it was set up as part of the Chain Home system. Building work did not begin until December 1938 as delays in procuring the site occurred when the landowners resisted selling (this being before the Second World War, so the government found it harder to demand the land by force for the war effort).[3] The site became fully operational in April 1939 and is the only one of the original stations still in use, and may thus claim to be the oldest continuously serving radar station.[4]

Today it is a Remote Radar Head (RRH) within the United Kingdom Air Surveillance and Control System (UKASACS).[5] The radar at Staxton Wold is a Lockheed Martin TPS77 which was due to be working by September 2013,[6] but only became fully operational in early 2015.[7] In September 2017, it was reported that the AN/TPS-77 radar based at Staxton Wold would be transferred to RRF Saxa Vord.[8]

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  1. ^ Pine, L.G. (1983). A dictionary of mottoes (1 ed.). London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. p. 252. ISBN 0-7100-9339-X. 
  2. ^ "Hidden gems open their doors for you". Scarborough News. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Dobinson, Colin (2010). Building radar : forging Britain's early-warning chain 1935 - 45 (1 ed.). London: Methuen. pp. 209–210. ISBN 978-0-413-77229-9. 
  4. ^ "RAF Staxton Wold". RAF. Royal Air Force. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "RAF Boulmer". UKASACS. Royal Air Force. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Armed Forces". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Winds of change bring threat of blight to coast". Yorkshire Post. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "UK RAF RADAR COVERAGE TO BE ENHANCED". Mönch Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. 21 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017. 

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