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1956 - From RAF to CAA – 1956

The site served quietly during the 1950s. In October 1956 the site assumed parenting responsibilities for 933Signal Units and in December 1956 took over responsibilities from RAF Manston. The site survived the 1957 budget cuts when it became a satellite control station.

The ROTOR programme was quickly superseded with the development of faster jet aircraft which meant thatthe manual control and reporting used to pass information up to the Sector Operation Centre’s were tooslow. Almost overnight the new radar made parts of the ROTOR air defence system redundant and Ashwas placed on ‘care and maintenance’.