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Established as an RFC aerodrome in 1915, the site eventually became an RAF bomber station in the 1920's and 30's, with the veritable Handley-Page Hampden Bomber equipping the 16th Operational Training Unit (OTU) in 1940. Not long after WWII, the USAF leased the air base from the Ministry Of Defense as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance. In 1952, the USAF's Startegic Air Command (SAC) B-47 bomber aircraft arrived and stayed until 1965. The 66th Tactical Reconnaisance Wing (TRW) took up residence with the RF-101C "Voodoo" until 1969. By the mid-1970's, the F-100's of the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) arrived and were replaced soon after by the F-111E, "Aardvark". The US drawdown brought a close to US occupancy and operations at the air base in 1994, at which time the site was returned to the Ministry Of Defense.

Americans to fly home after 43 years.
Americans fly home after 43 years
Submitted by Jonathan (last name witheld by request).


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The 1950's
From the 1954 RAF Upper Heyford Yearbook. Submitted by Gerald 'Jerry' Moore, 3918th Headquarters Squadron, Dec 1952 - Dec 1955. From the 1954 RAF Upper Heyford Yearbook. Submitted by Gerald "Jerry" Moore, 3918th Headquarters Squadron, Dec 1952 - Dec 1955.

The 1960's
Submitted by Phil Ashley, 3918th Transportation Squadron, Sep 1961 - Jun 1963.

Front Gate 1962

Submitted by Phil Ashley, 3918th Transportation Squadron, Sep 1961 - Jun 1963.

Submitted by James C. Seymour, Jr., 3918th Air Base Squadron / 3918th Transportation Squadron and The Heyford Minutemen Precision Drill Team, 1959 - 1963.

3918th Combat Support Group Heyford Minutemen Drill Team and AP's - Flag Lowering Ceremony - Base Air Police Headquarters in background. Across from Base Headquarters Building.

Submitted by Jim Seymour.

Submitted by George Tomlinson through Jim Seymour. Submitted by George Tomlinson. Submitted by George Tomlinson. Submitted by George Tomlinson. Submitted by George Tomlinson. Submitted by George Tomlinson.
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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

The 1970's
Submitted by Shane Gaster, Sgt, 20th SPS, Jun 1975 - Jun 1977.

Submitted by Shane Gaster, Sgt, 20th SPS, Jun 1975 - Jun 1977.

Submitted by Dan Determan, 20th SPS, 1978 - 1979.

Dan Determan, 20th SPS, "B" Flight, by base entrance sign.


The 1980's
Submitted by Harold Messimer. "The sign entrance at the main gate near the Law Enforcement building where you accessed the post office." Submitted by Harold Messimer (pictured), Avionics Specialist with the "Fighting 55th" (Blue Section); Comm, Nav and ECM, Sep 1985 - Mar 1988.
Submitted by Russ Kendall, 1965 - 1967 & 1984 - 1987. Submitted by Russ Kendall, 1965 - 1967 & 1984 - 1987.

"..two [photos] of the RAF UH Guard room a few days after the Libyan raid. [15 Apr 86]."

Submitted by Russ Kendall, 1965 - 1967 & 1984 - 1987.

Submitted by Jim Bryan.

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Upper Heyford
620th Air Base Wing

Submitted by Jim Bryan (pictured), Avionics Maintenance Squadron, Jul 4, 1979 - Apr 4, 1983 and CRS, Jan 7, 1988 until Base Closure.


The 1990's
Submitted by Jacob Hughes, 20 CRS PMEL Squadron, 1990 - 1993. "RAF Upper Heyford main gate."

Submitted by Jacob Hughes, 20 CRS PMEL Squadron, 1990 - 1993.


The 2000's
Photo taken in March, 2004. Submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. Photo taken in March, 2004. Submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. Photo taken in March, 2004. Submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. Photo taken in March, 2004. Submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. Photo taken in March, 2004. Submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. Photos taken in March, 2004.

Submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982.

Submitted by Kurt Rice, 520 AGS, 1982 - 1984, and 520 AGS / 79 AMU, 1986 - 1990. Photo taken in January, 2000.

Submitted by Kurt Rice, 520 AGS, 1982 - 1984, and 520 AGS / 79 AMU, 1986 - 1990.

Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan. Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan. Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan.

January 2001 photos of The Main Gate Entrance at the former RAF Upper Heyford Air Base.

Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan.

Submitted by Russ Kendall. Submitted by Russ Kendall - RAF UH Guard Shack. Submitted by Russ Kendall - Street To Gate 1.

Submitted by Russell Kendall, CMSgt (Ret), 7514th CSG (1964 - 1966), 66 TRW (1966 - 1967), 20th AGS, 20th EMS, 20th TFW/MA (1984 - 1987)

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

"The sign on the back of the building at the Main Gate."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.


Submitted by John G. Hocker, Jr., 3918 Motor Vehicle Sqd, Sep 1951 - Sep 1954. Base might get frozen in history
Some hope to make it monument to Cold War

By Ellen Hale
USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20020816/4367768s.htm


Chance to tour Cold War Airbase
Chance to tour Cold War Airbase. An article from the Banbury Guardian, July 9, 2005. Submitted by Dionne Huntington.

An article from the Banbury Guardian, July 7, 2005. Submitted by Dionne Huntington.


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