The Blithering Lodge saves are corrupted. (not given up on them yet) But RCT3 works fine.
I needed to do something creative in RCT, rather than just try to get BL working and fail... again
This project is still a work in progress. All will become clear when the time is right. ;)
***************************************************************************************Allow me to present you with a brief history lesson.
1918: The RAF is formed by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.
1924: Gruntpuddle Aerodrome is founded in the sleepy Kent village of Gruntpuddle.
1925: The first Squadron of de Havilland DH9s takes residence.
1930’s: The airfield expands rapidly. The triangular runway layout is established. Now called “RAF Gruntpuddle”.
1937: As war becomes inevitable, the airfield forms a key part of the defence of the British Isles. Hurricanes are posted to the base.
1939: War – huh – good god, y’all!
1940: The Battle Of Britain. Finest hour, so much / so many / so few, etc, etc.
1944: For D day, troop gliders and their tugs take off from Gruntpuddle.
1945: War ends. Used as a base for testing new-fangled jet aircraft.
1950: Control of the base is handed over to The USAF, under NATO agreement. Now known as “Gruntpuddle AFB, 3924th Tactical Commie Killing Bomb Group, Inglandshire.
1950’s: Massive expansion of the base, including extension and widening of the main runway. The two secondary runways are now used only as taxi ways.
1959: B57’s are posted to the base. Nuclear weapon stores constructed. Massive bunker complex begun.
1961: Bunker phase one completed.
1962: Cuban Missile Crisis. Aircraft are stationed on QRA with full nuclear payload.
1963: Fighters are based at Gruntpuddle for the first time since the war. F104’s of the 238th Fighter Interceptor Wing join the bombers.
1964: Continuing expansion. Woodland dispersal area built.
1966: U2s are spotted visiting the base.
1968: As missile tech improves, the bombers are withdrawn, leaving more space for more fighters. F106s dominate.
1973: Several squadrons now operate a variety of aircraft, including A10s and F111s of the 923rd Tactical Fighter Wing. The 238th FIW has upgraded to F4Ds.
1976: F15s are posted to Gruntpuddle. Construction begins on Hardened Aircraft Shelters.
1979: Bunker phase two completed. The base is now a major centre of USAF operations in Europe.
1980’s: As the cold war reaches it’s peak, more tactical nuclear weapons are stored on site than ever before. Mass lesbian protests outside the base.
1986: F16s join the base.
1989: Berlin wall torn down. Beginning of the end of the Cold War.
1991: The USAF decides to stand down from Gruntpuddle. Base is handed back to the RAF on September 14th.
1992: The RAF have no use for the site, and decide to decommission it.
1993: All classified equipment and weapons systems have been stripped out, and the site made safe. The buildings are left intact, but gutted.
Part of the runway is used to store materials for the Channel Tunnel rail link. Talks begin with the Imperial War Museum to convert the site for public exhibition, but these fall through.
1994: A consortium of local aviation enthusiasts, of which I am a proud member, put forward a plan to create a “cold war theme park”, combining thrill attractions with a museum. We received provisional planning permission in October.
1995: Site preparation begins.
Our initial site inspection revealed a curious mix of buildings, ranging from bland, industrial looking warehouses, through 1930s RAF architecture, to the concrete and olive drab of the cold war NATO era.
Here are a few photographs from our first visit.
The main gate:
An A10 acts as a gate guardian:
The parade ground:
Hardened Aircraft Shelters (HAS):
The 'Hush House', where engines were tested:
The Air Traffic Control tower:
The UNITER building (left), and main bunker (right):
The woodland dispersal area:
One of the more interesting parts of the site was the WSA (Weapon Storage Area), where the nuclear warheads were kept. Although now empty, this part of the site was still off limits at the time of our visit. MOD officials want to double check for possible contamination before releasing the land to us. How nice of them! 8-[
Finaly, an aerial view of the site:
At this point in time, it is still too early to say what our plans are. But rest assured that you guys will be the first to know when we start building rides! :D