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Report - RAF Upwood - August 2009

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by ukmayhem, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. ukmayhem

    ukmayhem 28DL Full Member
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    Visited with Me, Myself and I

    A 70mile drive from me is RAF Upwood wanted to see this place for a while so i made the trip one afternoon and chose the worst day i think. RAF Upwood has no sort of security you can just drive straight into the site and as i did i see loads of cars parked in the middle and a man in Camo walk past with a M16 with granade launcher attached i thought it was weird as its not a UK military weapon maybe the Americans were training abit more investigation revealed they were using the site for Airsoft. So i done what i could staying out the way until everyone left around 5pm. Then me and the sheep ( yep lots of sheep ) had full access to the site. Was i nice relaxed explore everything open no boarded windows etc.. most building are gutted but still nice to have a look i found the best place was the de-contamination bunkers with everything still intact inside also the Police Station complete with cell. I spent a good few hours here a really enjoyed it abit basic but its another off my list. This site is ideal for new explorers as no worry of security or access, Police drove around sometimes but never said anything.

    History

    RAF Upwood was a United States Air Force installation adjacent to the village of Upwood, Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom and was home to 423d Air Base Group who now are headquartered at nearby RAF Alconbury.

    It was a non-flying facility which was under the control of the United States Air Force, and was one of three RAF bases in Cambridgeshire used by the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE).

    Much of the RAF Upwood is unused, closed by the Ministry of Defence in 1994. Most of the base was vacated and the land and buildings sold off to civil ownership.

    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.

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    All will be on my Flickr shorltly


    Matt
     

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