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RAF Predannack Where Planes Go To Die

An old RAF base situated deep in the South of Cornwall

Located deep in the South of Cornwall, within spitting distance of the Atlantic, lies RAF Predannack. I had seen some images taken by a friend of mine from a previous visit and knew I had to check it out for myself. Predannack holds around 20 military and rescue planes and helicopters in a varying state of decay and destruction. Once used as an RAF Base during WW2, it is now used for fire and safety training, although I’m not sure if it has been in use for a while.

As it is a military installation they have made quite an effort to keep regular folk out, with high fences, barbed and electric fences, brambles and marshes, and a host of snakes and other creepy crawlies to put you off. Although a walk of around 30 minutes along a bridle way you soon almost stumble into the place. You are instantly greeted by a white and red plane which we couldn’t resist climbing aboard and into the cockpit

We easily spent 2 to 3 hours wandering around snapping photos and climbing into Harriers and Sea King helicopters. Every hedge we turned around confronted us with another metallic beast.

I especially like the fire training units, which look like some sort of mechanical beasts from Star Wars. Also a pair of helicopters that have been toppled over that resemble some sort of giant insects clambering to their feet. Even though it’s a bit of a trek, you need a map and a picnic, it’s well worth a visit, even just to realize your childhood dreams of being a fighter pilot!

We’re currently planning a night shoot at Predannack to see how these beasts react under the cover of darkness. That’s if we can find the place again…

written by kernow_and_cambria

11 comments

  1. callumbum

    callumbum

    this is amazing never thought something like this would even exist in britain

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  2. d_i_hunter

    d_i_hunter

    Cool!

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  3. zulupt

    zulupt

    Very cool review and great gallery, N1.

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  4. sugiyamasatomi

    sugiyamasatomi

    beautiful gallery! I specially love the first picture...

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  5. netsrik

    netsrik

    Wow this looks like an amazing place! Nice photo's!!

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  6. stouf

    stouf

    I wanna go !! I wanna go !! Super-awesome location !

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  7. tommynorth

    tommynorth

    cool stuff, i always wanted to shoot some fighter planes

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  8. ilovemydiana

    ilovemydiana

    how fun!!!

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  9. violet_rayy

    violet_rayy

    super colours!

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  10. violet_rayy

    violet_rayy

    great pics! Am jealous of your location find : )

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  11. goatofrocketh

    goatofrocketh

    I'm thinking of going. I just know with my luck I'd get caught and ejected from the site.

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