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Dounreay never actually opened as a military airfield due to a combination of poor weather conditions, official vacillation and one runway (which now acts as approach road to the decommissioned nuclear fast reactor dome) being too short. Not until 1967 did supportive light aircraft land on an extended alternative runway instead of at Wick as before."
|Also known as:||HMS Tern II|
|Current Status:||Nuclear facility|
|Date:||April 1944 (Care & Maintenance) - March 1993|
|Used By:||FAA / Civil|
|Landing Surface Types:||Paved|
|Aircraft Roles:||General aviation (main role) / Naval aviation|
- Caithness West Community Council
Main unit(s) present:
- No 819 Sqn
- Northern Air Taxis
Construction of the Dounreay Fast Reactor. Courtesy of DounreayTV
Construction of the breeder reactor at Dounreay, 1957. Courtesy of British Pathé
The Duke of Edinburgh visiting Dounreay, 1957. Courtesy of British Pathé
Film of the construction of the Dounreay Fast Reactor, produced in 1959. Courtesy of DounreayTV
Footage of Dounreay in 1959. Courtesy of British Pathé
Plan of Dounreay, c. 1940s. © Royal Navy Research Archive. Click here for more information.