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    Another One Bites The Dust

    The title refers to a reported buy out of the former RAF airfield, Hullavington, Wiltshire, by Dyson's the celebrated vacuum cleaner manufacturers.

    Perhaps a letter or two to Sir James asking for retention of some part of an existing runway as part of the overall development - international visitors etc. might result in just that.

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    Not a bad idea, he seems to be genuinely interested in our aviation heritage.

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    He plans to keep much of the base as it is according to the press reports
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    I've written to Sir James asking whether he would consider retaining all or part of a runway.

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    Perhaps it can use some vacuuming too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CeBro View Post
    Perhaps it can use some vacuuming too.
    Which may turn up some small bits of Blenheims, Ansons, Oxfords, Chipmonks, and Provosts -- all flyers from RAF Hullavington (um, according to that most accurate of sources, Wikipedia). Hopefully photos of small bits can then be ID'd on this site.
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    It won't be to build a factory. He prefers chinese workers
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    Is there still a Harrier GR7 in the car park at Dyson head office; maybe that needs a new home?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxcart View Post
    It won't be to build a factory. He prefers chinese workers
    There is talk about the possibility of building a manufacturing facility.

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    He does appear to be moving some production back here, whilst in a photograph I saw of his offices there is a 1/1 EE Lightning hanging from the ceiling. The airfield could be in far worse hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moggy C View Post
    He does appear to be moving some production back here, whilst in a photograph I saw of his offices there is a 1/1 EE Lightning hanging from the ceiling. The airfield could be in far worse hands.

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    I think the Lightning is in the canteen Moggy

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    Interesting...

    I was disappointed to see recently when he arrived somewhere by helicopter, that it was a conventional one, rather than a Dyson one without rotor blades like his fan!
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    I thought parts of Hullavington were a conservation area? My grandfather learnt advanced flying there

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    I see TV adverts for his new hair dryer...perhaps he'll scale one up to make a wind tunnel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonR View Post
    Interesting...

    I was disappointed to see recently when he arrived somewhere by helicopter, that it was a conventional one, rather than a Dyson one without rotor blades like his fan!
    Wouldn't a Dyson Helicopter be a Harrier?
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    I've seen a couple of suggestions that Dyson (the man) should step in and buy 558. Apparently he's voiced an interest in owning a Vulcan previously, and others seem to relish the uncertainty hovering over VTTS, so maybe it isn't as ridiculous as it first seems.

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    According to the ever-reliable TV news, two hangars are slated for conversion to lab/test facilities by year's end. I also wonder if JD's Global Express might fit in?

    If so then the chances of the runway staying open could be better than most other options...

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    Got a reply - eventually, to my letter to Dyson's, from the Global HR Director, Laura Hagan. In keeping with the times, the solitary question posed in my letter re retaining use of some portion of the runway post development was not answered.

    I was told that Sir James is 'proud of Britain's aviation heritage and the campus at Malmesbury features an EE Lightning, a Harrier and a Concord engine. Every care will be taken to restore the historic buildings on the airfield and respect the aviation heritage'.

    The public won't be admitted due to the 'confidential nature of Dyson's engineering projects'.

    What is so extraordinary about Dyson's rise to magnificence is that everyone you speak to who has experience of his vac's seems to think that they are overpriced rubbish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Green View Post

    What is so extraordinary about Dyson's rise to magnificence is that everyone you speak to who has experience of his vac's seems to think that they are overpriced rubbish!
    I don't own any of his products, but have used them before and always found them fantastic, although the performance of the Vacuum cleaners does seem to drop off within weeks of getting them. Their blameless fans are fan-tastic (sorry), and their hand driers are the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Green View Post

    What is so extraordinary about Dyson's rise to magnificence is that everyone you speak to who has experience of his vac's seems to think that they are overpriced rubbish!
    I have used them for years; they work well as long as you clean/change the filters now and then.
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    I've been using my old Dyson as a dust-extractor on my small sand-blasting cabinet for about ten years now; ironically turning the clock back to the origins of the Dyson 'bag-less' vacuum-cleaner.

    It has coped wonderfully with the most abrasive blasting media, the finest dust and tiny particles of aluminium, steel, brass, lead and rust; so long as you clean the (original) filters regularly it works as good as when it was new.
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    Guys, can we get back to the thread.
    This is a historic aviation forum, not a consumer forum.

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    ....And there was me just about to chime in and say just how much I preferred my Henry Hoover!

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    He was quoted in Telegraph as saying he wanted an aviation artefact (Blenheim) at the entrance. If you go to the cemetry at adjacent Stanton St Quinton there are a number of graves often paired where pilots under training lost their lives. Hawker Hart being used in 1940 as a trainer.

    An important site with interesting architecture (Houses are similar to the 1930 expansion designs at Duxford but in local stone). This seems a suitable way forward to retain parts of airfield by moving forward and creating a local employment hub.

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