Hangar demolition ends a chapter in Marham's history
An aircraft hangar which has been part of RAF Marham's history for 80 years has been demolished to make way for the future.
It has taken two months to carry out the work and prepare the area for a new project to support the new generation F-35 jets which are now based there.
Number 1 Hangar was built in the 1930’s as part of the RAF expansion scheme. RAF Marham re-opened on 1 April 1937 and was one of the first stations in the scheme to be completed.
Over the last 80 years the hangar has been home to a number of different aircraft and squadrons with the Tornado GR4 being the final aircraft type to use it.
A number of the bricks from the demolition of the hangar will be saved and used in a heritage wall that will be built at the site of the old Victor aircraft. This wall will commemorate each aircraft type that has been based at RAF Marham since it first opened in 1916.
The mechanical demolition process took just over two months with over 90% of the waste product recycled. With the hangar located close to the runway it was imperative that the risk of materials being blown onto the runway was minimised. As well as a special netting around the whole site, contractors Anglian Demolition used a water spray throughout the process ensuring no particles blew across to the runway.
RAF Marham Station Commander Group Captain James Beck viewed the ground and met with the contractors before the site was completely cleared.
He said “This is a bittersweet moment for me. I started my flying career in this hangar as a young flight lieutenant as part of IX(B) Squadron flying the Tornado so there are definitely lots of memories here. However, in my current role as the Station Commander and as a pilot of the F-35 Lightning, I can see the future with the start of the next phase of building that is taking place to support the Lightning programme and the exciting times ahead for the Station.”