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GCHQ:  Helicopter landing site

Aerial view 1999
Aerial view 1999
Aerial view 2007
Aerial view 2007
Aerial view 2017
Aerial view 2017
Area view
Area view
 


Note: All four of these pictures were obtained from Google Earth ©


 

Location:  N of the A40, 1.25nm NNE to NE of junction 11 on the M.5, and 2nm W of Cheltenham town centre

Period of operation:  ?


NOTES:  GCHQ is the Government Communications Headquarters and was founded on the 1st November 1919. Since then of course the business of intercepting communications has been transformed beyond all recognition. Quite possibly there is no requirement at all for senior people in the armed services or the government to make visits by helicopter - the world has moved on.

Back in the Falklands war period, from April to June 1982, for example, almost daily helicopter flights from the military headquarters in Northwood in the NW suburbs of London, were being conducted. 

As always in this 'Guide', if anybody can kindly offer advice, this will be much appreciated.





 

 

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