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Report - RAF Upwood - April 2014

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Zedstar, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. Zedstar

    Zedstar Banned
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    I know this one has done to death, but i was driving past and thought i'd have a little wander around. Its mainly all trashed now and the vandals have done their worst !!

    History
    Built in 1912, was used by royal flying corps 1912-1919, royal airforce 1936-1981, then united states air force 1981-2012.
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    Much of the RAF Upwood is unused, closed by the Ministry of Defence in 1994. Most of the station was vacated and the land and buildings sold off to civil ownership.
    Upwood is also the home of No. 511 Squadron Air Training Corps who have been on the site since the early 80s. Originally housed in the old fire station the squadron moved to a number of buildings before settling in the old nissen hut church building. When the station was closed by the MOD in 1995, the squadron moved to the Upwood school. The squadron finally settled into the present building inside the fence in 1997.
    In 2004 Turbine Motor Works purchased a large amount of property on the former base including the four C-type hangars. Their plan is to convert the property into a state-of-the-art jet engine overhaul facility. Together with the Nene Valley Gliding Club and the Air Cadet Squadron, this facility will ensure that the former RAF base will continue its aviation legacy well into the 21st century.
    Part of the facility is now used by Urban Assault to play Airsoft every other Saturday.

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  2. Telf

    Telf 28DL Regular User
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    Good report there! Did you not come across the two tanks?
     
  3. coat953

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    I love those jet engines!
     
  4. krissigalores

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    Been wanting to go here and actually take pictures. I've probably said before on a previous report but I was driven here by an ex but she wouldn't stop the car so I could actually get out & take pictures.
    I'm hopefully having one of those photoshoots some members will be familiar with me mentioning, soon!
    Looks like a lot has happened to it since I drove round it...
     
  5. Zedstar

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    You'll have to let me know when that photoshoot is as I'm only round the corner... ;-)
     
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    Haha I wouldn't want you putting me off! :p
    If I ever manage to go on an explore, I'll definitely let you know!
     
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    I best keep an eye out for anyone misbehaving over there then lol
    PM me if you wanna go on an explore... ;-)
     
  8. Wevsky

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    jet engines look worth the time taken mate ,nice one
     
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