Today some of us Bletchley Park volunteers were invited on a tour of Cranfield, another piece of our local World War Two history. A Bomber Command station at the beginning of the war before becoming a flight training base, Cranfield is still a working airport, flying school and university.
We were lucky enough to look around the control tower, which was built in the 1950s on top of the 1940s tower. Cranfield has no radar and still uses little pieces of plastic to track the movements of aircraft.
The recession has hit the airport hard, with traffic falling by about two-thirds in recent years to about 200 take-offs or landings – or ‘movements’ – a day.
Tour inside a massive wind tunnel? Yes, please!