Captain James Beck met with the contractors after the hangar was demolished. Pictures: RAF Marham

A hangar, home to many different aircraft and squadrons over the last 80 years at RAF Marham, has been demolished.

The Number 1 Hangar was built in the 1930s as part of the RAF expansion scheme. 

The base re-opened on April 1, 1937, one of the first stations in the scheme to be completed.  

It has taken two months to demolish the structure, which housed the Tornado GR4 as its final aircraft.

The hangar was demolished.
Pictures: RAF Marham

The work has been carried out as part of a project to make way for the new F-35 Lightning jets now based at the station.

Some of the bricks from the demolition will be used for a heritage wall to be built at the site of the old Victor Aircraft. The wall will commemorate each aircraft type which has been based at RAF Marham since it first opened in 1916.

Station Commander Group Captain James Beck said: “This is a bittersweet moment for me. I started my flying career in this hangar as a young flight lieutenant as part of IX(B) Squadron flying the Tornado so there are definitely lots of memories here. 

“However, in my current role as the station commander of RAF Marham and as a pilot of the F-35 Lightning, I can see the future with the start of the next phase of building that is taking place to support the Lightning programme and the exciting times ahead for the station.”