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Report - RAF Upper Heyford - Jan 09

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by randomnut, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. randomnut

    randomnut 28DL Full Member
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    Visited with Ukmayhem (huge thanks for showing us around), Concentration F, Wifebeater and Darkzac
    The thing that is most striking around the site is how it is literally a mini american town. From the baseball fields complete with bleachers, american stop signs and fire hydrants, they even used american currency on site.

    Upon entering the site, our first stop was the Hospital. Finding a way in took a bit of time but was worth it. Unfortunately though it has been trashed and flooded by the local filth.
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    The general store (we didn't get to enter it unfortunately)
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    Our next port of call was the school
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    The most bizarre and my favourite part of the explore: inside the gym was a fully functioning indoor volleyball court, sand and everything
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    Outside was the boilerhouse:
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    Moving on, we moved on to the exit of this part of the site.
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    Across the road, we found the abandoned fuel station:
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    Note the currency:
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    For our final stop of the day, we found the social club. Excuse the flash, it was pitch black inside
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    Full set on Flickr

    An excellent explore, and we only touched probably 20% of the site. Revisit is on the books for sure.
     
    #1 randomnut, Jan 25, 2009
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  2. helvellyn

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    Upper Heyford has special significance for me.

    I was a naive, idealistic and motivated 16 year old, so it must have been in April 1984. Radical times... Miners were striking. Marchers were marching. And there was something called the STAR march. STAR was an acronym for "Stop The Arms Race". The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was huge back then. I cycled from Wirral to Chester to take part in the march, and walked from Chester to Shropshire. Then I rode home again. The protest march went on much further, via Upper Heyford, and eventually all the way to Greenham Common in Berkshire.

    A few days or weeks later (I don't remember exactly) I concieved the idea of cycling to a peace camp, and without telling my mum or dad, I got up before the sun one fine spring morning and went. It was about 140 miles away, and a pretty straight run along the A41, which runs from Birkenhead to London.

    It took me 3 days to do the journey. I didn't have panniers so I did the whole journey with a fucking huge rucksack on my back. The sun burned me to buggery, and every time I stopped, the straps would scrape down my poor burned arms.

    The camp itself was set up along a bridleway that ran parallel to the fence. There were a smattering of tents, old caravans and "benders" - dome structures made of bent branches covered by tarps.

    The camp was an amazing place for a young kid who was trying very hard to be a hippy. I got to smoke pot for the first time, and it took me to another place entirely. I also found that even in such a place, you couldn't just do what the hell you liked. I got punched by one of the campers for painting his caravan without asking. Like I said, I was naive...

    We used the weir of a nearby river to bathe, and campers would hitch lifts into Bicester to score food, beer, weed, etc, because none of the local shops or pubs would serve them. A local farmer, who's fields were next to the camp dumped a huge pile of chicken shit next to the fence for us too.

    There was always a constant hum of distant engines. The base was home to F1-11's and B52's with other things like C5 galaxies and the ubiquitous Hercules transporters. When the F1-11's took off, it was so loud that the air seemed to crackle. After a few days, I found that I could sleep through it.

    I was there for about a week I think, then I cycled all the way home again.

    A couple of months later and I did the same thing again, only this time, an anarchist from Glasgow borrowed my bike, "To go to Stonehenge" and never brought it back.

    Wanker.

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    I've had a look at Upper Heyford on Google Earth. These days the runways appear to be used as storage space for new cars. Absolutely nothing remains of the peace camp.

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