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.

Fylingdales, along with the other two sites in North America, was constructed to prevent the devastation from missile that the UK had seen in WW2 from happening again.

5. Protection

Fylingdales, along with the other two sites in North America, was constructed to prevent the devastation from missile that the UK had seen in WW2 from happening again.
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As well as looking out for ballistic missiles, the site monitors objects in space including man-made space debris. In 1965 there were 555 pieces of space debris, today there are over 13,000.

6. Space debris

As well as looking out for ballistic missiles, the site monitors objects in space including man-made space debris. In 1965 there were 555 pieces of space debris, today there are over 13,000.
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Two RAF Officers examining the interior of one of the original radars.

7. Inside the golf balls

Two RAF Officers examining the interior of one of the original radars.
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The golf balls were operational between 1963 and 1992.

8. Radar from above

The golf balls were operational between 1963 and 1992.
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