|RAF Lincolnshire-info :: how to navigate the site|
Last updated: 16 Aug 04
This page explains how to navigate the various elements of RAF-Lincolnshire.info.
All pages on this site contain essential navigation elements to help you find your way around. Each page has the following standard components to guide you:
Each page contains the title bar (site logo at the top), page title, and then three columns: section navigation, the main content of the page, and outward links. Links in the left-hand column are always internal to the site and vary depending on the category of page you are viewing. Links in the right-hand column will be both internal, to related pages, and external, to selected relevant external websites.
categories of page
There are a few basic categories of page which all conform to a design template, listed below.
Each station page contains a standard set of basic data:
Opened: the original opening date of the station, aerodrome or facility.
Closed: the closing date, possibly with information about final disposal.
Care and Maintenance: any information on temporary closure under a care and maintenance regime.
Airfield code: the bigram refering to the airfield.
Squadrons based here: a chronological list of which squadrons and/or other units were based at the location throughout its history.
Below this standard list comes the narrative which will take a different form for each station, depending on how much is known and how much there is to say!
unit and squadron pages
Each squadron page contains a standard set of basic data:
Formed: date and location of the original formation.
Disbanded: date of disbandment.
Reformed: date of any subsequent reformation.
Squadron code: the bigram(s) refering to the squadron.
Squadron was based at: a chronological list of where the sqn was based throughout its history.
Below this standard list comes the narrative which will be different for for each squadron, depending on how much is known and how much there is to say.
aircraft pages :: click here for the aircraft index
Eventually, each aircraft type flown will have a page on RAF-Lincolnshire.info as well. At present work has started on the first few. These are intended to be outlines with links to much more in-depth information on specialist websites. Each aircraft page contains a standard set of basic data:
Full Official Name:
Variants: the key variants developed for the type.
Role: primary and secondary roles.
Crew: how many crew served on board the type.
In service: when the aircraft was introduced to front-line service with RAF or RFC squadrons.
Withdrawn: date of removal of the type from front-line service.
Operated by: A list of all squadrons with connections to Lincolnshire which operated the type at some point in their history.
History: a summary history of the aircraft's development and its operational service in the front-line.
Design: key facts about the design, faults, flaws and innovations.
Engines: about the power plant
Armaments: a listing of the defensive and offensive air-to-air armaments equipping the type.
Performance: an indication of the maximum operational speeds and heights the type achieved.
Combat radius: how far the type could operate while carrying typical combat loadouts of weaponry and fuel.
books pages :: click here for the books index
The books pages list all books relevant to a station, squadron or aircraft type on separate pages. There is also a general page for historical overviews and other books of general interest. Links are provided to Amazon.co.uk for further details and possible direct purchase.
Each station or squadron page may have an additional gallery of photographs which portray the station as it is today, or station and squadron memorials. These are presented on an index page as a series of thumbnails, which in turn link to full-size pictures with descriptive texts.
all about links on the site
Links on on RAF-Lincolnshire.info take one of three forms which are consistent throughout the site.
All text links will appear as bold blue text.
When you hover the cursor / mouse pointer over a link it will turn red and underlined to help you see that it is a link.
When you click on a link it will turn grey and underlined.
If the link you hover over is to a page on the site you have already visited it will continue to appear as bold blue text. Hopefully this will prevent too much "clicking in circles" among the hundreds of pages on RAF-Lincolnshire.info.
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