Bloodhound Firing Unit - Aberporth
I. Gate Guardian RAF Aberporth, 1974
© Stuart Baines
|Bloodhound Firing Unit personnel 1968-69
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Photograph kindly supplied by Terrence Davies.
Mike is creating a comprehensive site on the BHFU and RAF Aberporth. Mike was a
Chief Tech on the Bloodhound Firing Unit in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
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Chillingham - Contribution by Mick Shore
Mick played a key role
in the Chillingham trials at Aberporth. Mick also has the
distinction of seeing
the Swiss breaking up the last Bloodhounds in 1998 at Emmen.
As part of the Trial Chillingham Mick had to work out the 'dish look'
angle at end of boost to see how far off the optimum it actually was.
The range radar print out gave the position of missile and target to
1 foot, from this he was able to work out the angle required by the
target position, LCP solution and actual angle set, but also a lot
more. Mick has launch data from four of the Chillingham ‘shots’ which
will be published when cleared (you know what I mean).
One of the tests of Chillingham trial was the make up of the launch crew
from operational Bloodhound units. By the mid 1980's Aberporth only had
one Bloodhound permanent staff member so the crews were made up of
personnel from various operational units and changed every two weeks.
Much to Mick's surprise this worked extremely well, proving that
training and routine was standard across the fleet.
One of the Trial
Chillingham's launch teams in October 1986, Swiss engagement controllers
on the right. The missile is one of the Swiss shots, probably 4878