Fido system saved many lives
IN THE People's Voice on December 17, a letter headed "Why can't we find a solution" from B Buchan, of Hull, stated that paraffin was ignited in channels cut in tarmac runways in the Second World War to repair them.
I think he may be getting confused with a piped system of low-grade petrol or kerosene laid either side of a runway and ignited for fog dispersal for returning bomber aircraft, this was called Fido (fog intensive dispersal operation).
It used vast amounts of fuel, but saved hundreds of lives and aircraft.
Two airfields in East Yorkshire used the system – Melbourne and Carnaby.
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Runways were repaired using a more conventional way.