I miss the thunderous roar of the F-111's, with the ground
trembling beneath my feet and the smell of JP4 jet fuel.
I would get pumped up from watching the F-111's taking off
after I had been on a long, boring, and stressful Flightline
Security Post for more than 12 hours during an Alert.
I miss watching the F-111 afterburners light up at night,
just before the F-111's took off down the runway; remember?
I'm sure the folks who were stationed at "The Haystack" before
me can relate to the same experience when the B-47's, F-100's,
F-101's and the F-4's dominated the base during their days at
Many of us tend to identify our tour of duty at RAF Upper
Heyford as it relates to certain aircraft (naturally), but
there are other similarities that we all share, regardless of
the era. The tough times when most of us worked more hours
back-to-back than we ever dreamed we could do. It wasn't easy
for any of us... and that aspect may very well be the common
bond that drew us so close together. And, as many of you have
shared, I would do it all over again if given the chance.
Hey! I miss seeing the blue
lights along the taxiways at night, especially
when it was foggy. Do you remember that? It looked
kind of mysterious and surreal, don't you think?.
I also miss (thanks to Mark Sinclair for reminding me)
Jay's Pizza Trailer on the side of Camp Road. How thankful
I was for that great taste of "home" so far away from the States!
And thanks to Larry Flowers for reminding me of the window on the
side of the NCO Club where you could order a real American-style
Hamburger!!! Ahhh... now that was good stuff, wasn't it?
Yeah, you know what I'm talking about! As close to home as we could get
(when it came to "fast"-food)! ; )
I was stationed at RAF Upper Heyford from 1976 to 1978,
and some of you have written in to me who have served there
before I was even born! That is so amazing!!! But I'm glad
that through the NATO alliance we can sleep in peace because
someone else is "watching our back" just as we have done
the same for so many.
What remarkable times we have all shared through the
years, on a base that had been in service since the early 1900's!
Yes, there was just something about that assignment, wasn't there?