Rosehearty Bombing Range
A bombing range was operated in the sea off Rosehearty, Aberdeenshire, on the north east coast of Scotland by the RAF until 2000.
An RAF bombing range was established in the sea off Rosehearty in the early 1950s, remaining in use until 2000, when it was closed and sold by Defence Estates through Ryden Property Consultants. Of the former Rosehearty Bombing Range observation tower near Fraserburgh, which could be converted into a private house, they noted: "It comes with the added benefit of bomb-proof and bullet-proof windows."
Subsequently developed as Rosehearty Tower, the building has been described locally as having originally cost £750,000 to build, and been sold for £75,000.
Although the bombing range is clearly indicated on maps as a Danger Area, and its operating hours published, this did not prevented its existence being disregarded. In 1995, members of Peterhead BSAC were bombed by four RAF Tornados which mistook the their orange dive-boat for their target float.
A question in Hansard of June 30, 1989, gives an indication of activity when the range was in operation:
Mr. Salmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many bombing and firing runs have been made on Rosehearty range in each year since 1979.
Mr. Neubert : Bombing and firing runs have been made on Rosehearty range as follows :
1979 to 1986--No records available.
1989 (to May)--4,363 passes.
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