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First to serve at base returns after 50 years

Pat Honey paid a visit to RAF FYlingdales recently, 50 years after he was first posted to the base

Pat Honey paid a visit to RAF FYlingdales recently, 50 years after he was first posted to the base

The first man to ever be stationed at RAF Fylingdales paid a visit to the base recently, 50 years after he was first posted there.

Pat Honey first entered restricted grounds of RAF Fylingdales in 1964 and he was able to spend the day with the station’s commander, Wing Commander Dave Keighley.

Pat has remained active since his retirment and is the secretary of the National Service Royal Air Force Association.

After his visit, he said he is keen to rekindle his ties with RAF Fylingdales, adding: “It has been a great day and it has stirred many memories.

“I can not wait to return and spend more time in the Heritage Room and fill in some of the gaps in the station’s history.

“I’m grateful to Dave Keighley for spending so much time with me today as it has been a real pleasure.”

Pat’s visit culminated in the Heritage Room, where he presented the Station Commander with his original military report from his time in the unity.

WC Dave Keighley said: “It is wonderful to be able to host Pat and he has provided us with a wealth of knowledge about the early days of RAF Fylingdales.

“As expected, Pat left here in 1964 with a glowing report.”

Today, around 80 service personnel, 80 MOD Policemen and women, and a further 200 civilian staff work at the base.

 

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