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Royal Air Force Rudloe Manor

Royal Air Force Station Rudloe Manor gets its name from the 17th Century manor house in which it was housed. Opening in 1939 as the operations centre for No'10 Group RAF, which comprised an Operations Room, Filter Room and Communications Centre. All were located underground in Browns  Quarry. In the 1950's Rudloe Manor was the centre for UFO investigations in the UK. In the 1960's the station became home to the Controller Defence Communications Network which was responsible for running the UK's 'Skynet' satellite communications system. The RAF Provost and Security Service was also stationed at Rudloe Manor until the site closed in 2000 and it moved to RAF Henlow.