ASTON DOWN

Aston Down was a RAF airfield in Gloucestershire which still operates a gliding club. For many years it was the home to the central stores that supplied the Ministry of Aviation and its any successors. Here was the home of watch logs, movement logs, notam forms, flight progress strips,  MOTNE pads, met observation forms and the entire logistical underpinning of the air traffic services.

The archives include a good selection of photos. The photos were all taken on November 8th 1985, is it an open day, official visit or retirement? In stock control there are some monitors, I’m assuming early computers but maybe they are microfilm or microfiche readers.

aston down nov 8th 1985 (1)AD1

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aston down nov 8th 1985 (3)AD3

presumably the two photos above are stock control

aston down nov 8th 1985 (4)AD4

aston down nov 8th 1985 (5)AD5

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aston down nov 8th 1985 (10)AD8

aston down nov 8th 1985 (11)AD9

aston down nov 8th 1985 (8)AD10

aston down nov 8th 1985 (9)AD11

aston down nov 8th 1985 (12)AD12

aston down nov 8th 1985 (13)AD13

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AD14 this 1957 photo just came in from Barry Davidson entitled 1957 “Airfield Devils Churchyard: Cherington Tetbury, “. Cherington is only a couple of miles from Aston Down.

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  1. I worked at Aston Down until 1986, when the control/overseeing became a contractor. Before that it was managed by the MoD(PE). I dispute the date, perhaps 1986 when Serco came in, i do not recognise any of the people in the photos

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