Treligga Cliffs - Treligga, Cornwall
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 50° 38.077 W 004° 46.066
30U E 374988 N 5610684
Quick Description: Situated between Tregardock and Trebarwith. Nearby is the site of HMS Vulture II.
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/13/2013 11:12:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMHTMG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Brentorboxer
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Long Description:
HMS Vulture II was an aerial bombing and gunnery range at Treligga, 2 km west of Delabole. The station was a satellite of the Fleet Air Arm base RNAS St Merryn (HMS Vulture) near Padstow. Although HMS Vulture II had landing strips they were however rarely used. Unusually, the entire operation at HMS Vulture II was staffed by the Women's Royal Naval Service.
Before the Second World War HMS Vulture II was used as a glider site. However the Admiralty requisitioned some 260 acres (1.1 km2) of land (between Tregardock and Backways Cove) in late 1939 for the purposes of constructing a bombing (air to ground) and gunnery (air to sea) range.

It was decided that three grass landing strips would be marked out at HMS Vulture II (between Tregonnick Tail and Treligga village, each around 580 metres long) so that if an aircraft sustained engine failure or ricochet damage whilst firing on the range, it would be possible to land. This involved a lot of earth moving and heavy machinery was brought in to complete the work. To the north of the tower, the head of a valley was filled and levelled. The ground on the landing strips was considered too rough for normal take offs and landings. The landing strips were intended only for belly landings (wheels-up), in an emergency. Later however the surface was improved and some traffic did use the landing strips.

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