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RAF Buchan

  • Aswin Rana
  • Interview by: Jess Boydon


RAF Buchan, if you haven't heard of it,

is the most main northerly radar station

in the United Kingdom.

It's north of Aberdeen

and near the town of Peterhead,

perched on a hill.

A major radar station and a very busy radar station

at the times when I was there.

It is miles away from real civilization

as we used to call,

because to go north there was hardly anything

other than, I suppose you got Inverness,

but everything was south, family was south,

friends were south,

anything you wanted to do was south.

So, it was quite isolated,

but it was very rewarding

because the job you did was real.

The Russian infringing our air space

with their Bears and so on, 24/7,

we'd be playing the Cold War scenario

five, six days continuous

where we would be monitoring them,

the fighters would be escorting them

until they left our airspace.

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