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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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    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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