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Comment by Michael Grove on July 10, 2018 at 9:52

     Strumble is on the North West tip of Pembrokeshire, west of Fishguard.

     The area is known as the Pencaer Peninsula, although it isn't actually a

     peninsula. Bordered on two sides by the sea and on the inland side by a

     line of low hills, it does give the feeling of being cut off. The focus for

     Pencaer is Strumble Head Lighthouse, perched on a tiny island just off

     the coast and reached by a small suspension bridge. The Lighthouse is

     automated NOW so there isn't any access onto the island.






Comment by Michael Grove on July 10, 2018 at 10:00

   During the 1960s and 1970s civil and military air traffic control officers worked

   and trained together at the site which also retained an air defence and special  

   tasks role including that of supporting Research and Development flying

   programmes from Farnborough and Boscombe Down and the early Concorde

   flight trials. [IT] was in 1967 that I completed my Joint Military/Civil Area Radar

   training at Southern Radar RAF Sopley and in 1968 provided Summer Leave

   Relief on secondment duties from London Radar. I remember during that time

   providing assistance to an Aer Lingus flight en-route from Cardiff to

   Dublin, following an ATC clearance to [RE]join controlled airspace at the

   Strumble DVOR • subsequent to being caught in bad-weather en-route • by

   a process of guiding the pilot around and between the rain clouds, because of

   the phenomenally detailed accuracy of the Type 80 radar, in the detection of

   weather, as well as aircraft and other unidentified flying objects [UFO's].

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