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Runway at RAF Brize Norton is riddled with POTHOLES

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Runway at RAF Brize Norton is riddled with POTHOLES: Flights to air force’s main airport have been diverted for past three weeks due to craters that even damaged Boris Johnson’s VIP jet

  • Flights have been diverted from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, to other airports
  • New repairs cost £700,000 and were carried out during very hot temperatures  
  • RAF chiefs are outraged that the repairs couldn’t withstand British weather  

The RAF’s only runway the airforce’s main airport hasn’t been fully functioning for three weeks because of the potholes that damaged Boris Johnson’s jet. 

Flights have been diverted from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, the largest RAF Station with 5,800 service personnel, to Birmingham and Stansted airports. 

New repairs, which cost £700,000 in total, to the runway which were carried out during very hot temperatures in July are believed to have melted because of the heat.  

But RAF chiefs are outraged because they believe their runway should be able to hold strong regardless of Britain’s changeable weather.  

Flights have been diverted from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, the largest RAF Station with 5,800 service personnel, to Birmingham and Stansted airports. Pictured: A voyager aircraft known as Vespina (Boris Force One) and emblazoned with a union flag paint job

Flights have been diverted from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, the largest RAF Station with 5,800 service personnel, to Birmingham and Stansted airports. Pictured: A voyager aircraft known as Vespina (Boris Force One) and emblazoned with a union flag paint job

A voyager aircraft known as Vespina (Boris Force One) and emblazoned with a union flag paint job was damaged after landing on July 18. The Ministry of Defence said it picked up tar on its undercarriage after new repairs ‘had not set properly in the exceptional heat’.   

The repairs have failed friction tests according to the Telegraph, and Andy Netherwood, a former RAF pilot, said the heat was not ‘extreme’ when the incident happened. 

Less than half of the three-kilometre runway, which is used by aircraft used for refuelling and strategic transport over long distances, is in use at the moment. 

New repairs, which cost £700,000 in total, to the runway which were carried out during very hot temperatures in July are believed to have melted because of the heat

Pictured: A plane tire damaged by the runway

New repairs, which cost £700,000 in total, to the runway which were carried out during very hot temperatures in July are believed to have melted because of the heat

Other aircraft at the base including fleets of A400M, C-17 and C-130 air transport craft have been able to continue to operate from the air base but in a reduced capacity.  

It is believed that 400 people have been impacted by the runway problems.   

An MoD spokesman said the aircraft was repaired at ‘no additional cost’ to the taxpayer. 

Amey, the lead contractor responsible for the botched runway repair, declined to comment to the Telegraph. 

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