de Havilland beacon set for Hatfield

A PRE-WORLD War Two radar, which was sited at de Havilland Aerodrome until 1984, is set to return to its original home in Hatfield.

Believed to be the only one of its kind in the world, the 1932 beacon was moved from its newest base – North Weald Airfield, near Harlow – last week and is to be refurbished before eventually being placed on a roundabout in the Hatfield Village ward.

As previously reported by the Welwyn Hatfield Times, the relocation of the beacon is part of a larger project by the University of Hertfordshire, which marks the importance of the former de Havilland/British Aerospace site.

The Hatfield-based uni is currently waiting for planning permission but hopes to have the former navigational system on site by January.

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