Weʼre raising £10,000 to help fund restoration of the Grade 2 listed RAF Northolt Sector Operations Building in West London. The birthplace of Integrated Air Defence
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Z Sector Operations Building
The Sir Keith Park Building and Heritage Project
Building No.27 was constructed in 1929 as a standard operations building for an airfield capable of supporting the operation of three fighter squadrons. With war looking likely in Europe, resulting in the expansion of the Royal Air Force, Fighter Command was formed in July 1936 and Air Marshal Sir High Dowding was appointed its head.
RAF Northolt, a key aerodrome within No.11 Group, commanded by Sir Keith Park, (himself a former Northolt Station commander) was the closest fighter station to HQ Fighter Command at Bentley Priory, Stanmore. Between 1936 and 1939 Dowding decided to run a series of trials and air exercises using Building 27 which resulted in the evolution of the system, the personnel, and the layout of the building. This design became the standard template that was rolled out across Fighter Command. Due to its vulnerability to air attack, Building 27 was closed as an operational asset on 17th June 1940, after which it was used for the purposes of training Sector Control staff. Post war it was used as offices 2007 when it was closed and scheduled for demolition. Fortunately, it survived long enough to become Grade II listed, and its restoration began in 2010.
When it is complete the renovated and fully working building will run simulations and re-enactments of events from the Battle of Britain for the purposes of training forthcoming generations of Aerospace Battlespace Managers. These are the key personnel within the modern RAF Battlespace Management Force and the Air Surveillance and Control System. In addition, the building will be used to facilitate the education of younger generation of Air Training Corps and school children about the heritage and ethos of the Royal Air Force.
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Phillip Dawe15 days ago
As of Friday 12th February we have raised 15% of our target figure. This is very encouraging. Thank you to those who have already contributed to this worthy cause. Please spread the word and encourage people to support us reach our £10,000 target.
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Sheila and Phil
Feb 21, 2021
In memory of Dave Thomas and particularly the fun we had with WNVS .
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Carry on the great work Phil.
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Feb 12, 2021
In memory of David Thomas. Happy to support something which was so close to his heart
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Feb 11, 2021
Rest In Peace David. It’s a pleasure to donate to a cause very close to his heart.
Feb 11, 2021
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