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Gallery: A nostalgic look back at RAF Coltishall following bid to bring runway back into action

PUBLISHED: 13:15 19 September 2018

RAF Coltishall Jaguars freshly painted in desert camouflage for the First Gulf War, August 1990. Picture: BILL SMITH

RAF Coltishall Jaguars freshly painted in desert camouflage for the First Gulf War, August 1990. Picture: BILL SMITH

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A bid from and aircraft manufacturers could once again see flying machines touch down on a former RAF runway.

RAF Coltishall Homecoming, 10 March 1991. Picture: Archant LibraryRAF Coltishall Homecoming, 10 March 1991. Picture: Archant Library

Swift Aircraft, which builds aircrafts, has applied for permission to bring the disused runway at its base on the Scottow Enterprise Park back into action for test flights and deliver.

The closing ceremony of RAF Colitishall. A Four Jaguars perform a flypast, 2006. Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe closing ceremony of RAF Colitishall. A Four Jaguars perform a flypast, 2006. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

If the bid is successful, it would hark back to the enterprise park’s previous existence as the Royal Airforce’s Coltishall base.

RAF Coltishall Families Day, 2005. The last one before the base closed in 2006. Ian Ridley and son Thomas (age 2) watch the show. Ian worked as a Personnel Administrator at RAF Coltishall.
 Picture: ANTONY KELLYRAF Coltishall Families Day, 2005. The last one before the base closed in 2006. Ian Ridley and son Thomas (age 2) watch the show. Ian worked as a Personnel Administrator at RAF Coltishall. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Built in 1939 and opening the following years, Coltishall served the RAF for 66 years before closing down in 2006.

A Spitfire (in the foreground) with its modern counterpart, the Lightning, taking off during the Battle of Britain air display at RAF Coltishall.Picture: Archant LibraryA Spitfire (in the foreground) with its modern counterpart, the Lightning, taking off during the Battle of Britain air display at RAF Coltishall.Picture: Archant Library

During this time, the many different impressive crafts used by the RAF became familiar sights and sounds to those living nearby,

The Queen visits RAF Coltishall as the base celebrates it's 65th year., 2005. Picture: SIMON FINLAYThe Queen visits RAF Coltishall as the base celebrates it's 65th year., 2005. Picture: SIMON FINLAY

Here, we take a nostalgic look back at some of these magnificent flying machines which frequented the base as they protected our country over the decades.

Aircraft technician working on a Jaguar at RAF Coltishall during its last year of operations, 2005.
 Picture: BILL SMITHAircraft technician working on a Jaguar at RAF Coltishall during its last year of operations, 2005. Picture: BILL SMITH

We also look at some of the memorable occasions experienced at the base, from Royal visits to reunion celebrations.

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