RAF Fylingdales.

16 photos that reveal the history of RAF Fylingdales

For the last five decades the radar at RAF Fylingdales has been at the heart of national security.

These photos from our archive show how the base has changed over the years. Find out about how the radar keeping watch on the moors has adapted to the ever-changing threats to the UK in our report here.

The location for the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) in between Pickering and Whitby was chosen for it's proximity to Russia in line with two other radars in Canada and Greenland.

1. RAF Fylingdales

The location for the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) in between Pickering and Whitby was chosen for it's proximity to Russia in line with two other radars in Canada and Greenland.
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The first radars at the base were the famous three golf balls. They were 84ft tall and were built in 1961.

2. Building the golf balls

The first radars at the base were the famous three golf balls. They were 84ft tall and were built in 1961.
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Archive photographs show the original construction in the early 60s.

3. Construction

Archive photographs show the original construction in the early 60s.
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The base became operational in 1963 with the primary focus of ballistic missile detection to protect the UK and the US.

4. Fylingdales opens

The base became operational in 1963 with the primary focus of ballistic missile detection to protect the UK and the US.
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