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RAF Wittering

RAF Wittering is one of the RAF's two Harrier bases (the other being RAF Cottesmore just a short distance away up the A1), and has in fact been 'The Home of the Harrier' ever since the type first entered service back in 1969, although nowadays the only flying unit still based here is the Harrier OCU.

I've only visited briefly whilst on the way to the RIAT at nearby RAF Cottesmore, but judging from other reports it would seem to be almost impossible to get any kind of decent photographs here without base access, and even viewing opportunities are extremely limited.

Wrecks and Relics

Luckily RAF Wittering's gateguard is on display outside the actual airfield itself, and technically should present no problems for a photograph, although it should be noted that other reports have indicated that the base security personnel may be a bit touchy about giving permission. I encountered no difficulties whatsoever on my visit, however, although this could have been due to the fact that it was RIAT weekend at nearby RAF Cottesmore, and the security guards on the gate had probably already been inundated with hordes of enthusiasts all asking the same thing!

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Maps

Click on the icons below to see maps relating to RAF Wittering. Note that these are all external links to other sites, and will open in a new window.

Street Map   Area Map
OS street map of the RAF Wittering area

Courtesy of:
Streetmap.co.uk

  General map of the Wittering area

Courtesy of:
Maps by Expedia.com Travel
maps.expedia.com

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Links

RAF Wittering
Part of the 'Spotter's Guide' section of the superb Thunder & Lightnings website, containing full and very comprehensive details of everything you'll need to know about viewing or photography at Wittering. Highly recommended.

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