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Report - RAF Upwood, Cambridgeshire - December 2013

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by xsession9x, Jan 4, 2014.

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    First ever report on here so feedback would be appreciated.
    Visited with my boyfriend on a quiet weekday. This place is absolutely huge, stripped almost bare but it's still a nice relaxed explore. You'll need about 4 hours to do the whole site. Best features are probably the tanks that are still there, you can even climb into one of them (and so we did).
    Some history. (Good old wiki)
    RAF Upwood is a former Royal Air Force station adjacent to the village of Upwood, Cambridgeshire, England in the United Kingdom.

    It was a non-flying station which was under the control of the United States Air Force from 1981, and one of three RAF stations in Cambridgeshire used by the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE). Upwood, along with RAF Molesworth and RAF Alconbury are considered the "Tri-Base Area" due to their close geographic proximity, and interdependency.
    Since 1982, the Nene Valley Gliding Club has conducted its glider operations from a field that occupies the site of the old runways. Initially these operations were under an agreement with the Ministry of Defence. However, in 1995 the club was told they would need to find a new home as the land was going to be sold off. The club was unable to locate a suitable new home and was preparing for the possibility of having to close when the purchaser of the land, Marshal Papworth, agreed to lease the land to the club for 10 years. This has allowed the club to continue flying from Marshals Paddock (so named by the club after their benefactor's death in 2000).

    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 (Ramsey) 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.

    Every year in August the site is home to the Ramsey 1940s Weekend, an event dedicated to recreating the sights and sounds of the 1940s. The event is held in aid of several local charities and has been rewarded with a tourism award. The weekend features living history re-enactors, period dancing, food, exhibitions and trade stands.
    Now on with the pictures...

    Plenty of rooms like this one.
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    Theres a couple of nice little details still remaining.

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    Corridors that run from one side of the building to the other, definitely my kinda place.

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    Exterior.

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    I guess some kind of a teaching room as there was blackboards everywhere.

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    Wee shot to show the scale of the room.

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    And last one on the tank. I wouldn't recommend going in the tank, though.

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    It was generally a good day, really worth the drive. Permission can be gained from reception in hanger 1. Bottom two photos taken by my boyfriend.
    Thanks for looking :-)
     
    #1 xsession9x, Jan 4, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2014

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