RAF Fylingdales

RAF Fylingdales

We are Watching

The Station badge appropriately shows the White Rose of York surmounted by a Viking Fire Warning Basket. In ancient times these baskets could be found all along the East coast of England, mounted on vantage points such as church towers and hilltops. They were lit as soon as invading forces were sighted out at sea so that the local population could be warned of attack.

THE STATION

RAF Fylingdales in North Yorkshire provides a continuous ballistic missile early warning service to the UK and US Governments, ensuring a surprise missile attack cannot succeed.

As a key part of the Allied Space Surveillance Network, the Unit also monitors objects in space that can easily resemble incoming missiles when re-entering the atmosphere. 

The Station also supports the United States' developing Missile Defense System.

Approximately 350 Service Personnel, Military Police, and civilian staff work at RAF Fylingdales.

 

Commander

Portrait of Wing Commander Alun Walton MA (Oxon) MA RAF

Wing Commander Alun Walton MA (Oxon) MA RAF

Alun Walton was born in Stockton-on-Tees, County of Cleveland and joined the RAF in May 1998 as a Fighter Controller. Al brings a wealth of experience to the role of Station Commander that includes operational deployments to Iraq and the Baltic States. In Aug 2006, Al was selected for the United States Marine Corps exchange post at Yuma in Arizona, USA. During this tour he qualified as a USMC Weapons Tactics Instructor and trained over 500 instructors. He received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal at the end of his tour.

ADDRESS

RAF Fylingdales, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NT.

Council: Ryedale District Council. Families' accommodation is Scarborough Borough Council.

KEY DATES

  • 1963 - RAF Fylingdales was declared Operational with the iconic three golf balls on the Moors.
  • 1992 - The Solid State Phased Array Radar was declared operational to replace the golfs balls.

HISTORY

The Ballistic Missile Early Warning System was a partnership between the United States of America and the United Kingdom to provide radar coverage to counter intercontinental ballistic missile attack.

The early 1960s saw two stations completed and become operational at Thule in Greenland and Clear in Alaska. To complete the radar coverage for the United States and to provide advanced warning it was decided to build a third station in England.

The site on the North York Moors was selected and construction work began in 1960. The construction of the iconic golf balls was completed and the site became operational in September 1963. However, with advances in technology the radar system was upgraded in 1990 and the Solid State Phased Array Radar was declared operational in October 1992. 

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