RAF Henlow could be home for Force Chopper

BEDFORDSHIRE Police Authority is still considering basing the tri-force helicopter at RAF Henlow. The helicopter, currently based at Luton Airport, is shared by Thames Valley, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire police forces. But the airport authority say the

BEDFORDSHIRE Police Authority is still considering basing the tri-force helicopter at RAF Henlow.

The helicopter, currently based at Luton Airport, is shared by Thames Valley, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire police forces.

But the airport authority say the helicopter can no longer be accommodated there because it will cause conflict with increased aircraft traffic especially at night.

Another factor against keeping the helicopter at Luton is the airport is prone to fog during the winter months which has on many occasions resulted in the aircraft being grounded.


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RAF Henlow has always been seen as a favourite choice because of the fuel and maintenance facilities there along with the airfield being secure.

A further meeting is planned by the authority in the New Year when the next stage of a possible move by the tri-force helicopter unit will be discussed.

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