Can you visit RAF Upwood?

Can you visit RAF Upwood?

RAF Upwood is a remarkable site to visit. Its buildings remain very empty stripped of their dignity and daubed with a wide range of graffiti, yet within its boundaries lay many years of history.

Is RAF Upwood still there?

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 70s.

What happens at RAF Welford?

As a result of the Cold War, the station was reopened in 1955 as a munitions depot by the United States Air Force. Today it is one of the largest ammunition compounds for the United States Air Force in Western Europe for heavy munitions….RAF Welford.

RAF Welford RAF Welford Park USAAF Station AAF-474
Owner Ministry of Defence

Does RAF Welford have a runway?

The airfield was built in an A shape with three runways, a number of loops (which can still be seen), and two T2 hangars. The RAF took over the base on June 10th 1943 and passed it over to the USAAF in July. RAF Welford (also known as Welford Park) became USAAF Station 474 on September 6th 1943.

Is RAF Fairford active?

Royal Air Force Fairford or more simply RAF Fairford (IATA: FFD, ICAO: EGVA) is a Royal Air Force (RAF) station in Gloucestershire, England which is currently a standby airfield and therefore not in everyday use.

Can you watch planes at Fairford?

There are a few different viewing locations, but the best and most busy one is on the footpath along Whelford Road, where you get a clear view of the runway and the planes passing feet over your head.

Is there a US Air Force base in England?

RAF Lakenheath Air Force in Lakenheath, United Kingdom Royal Air Force Lakenheath is a RAF military base that is run and operated by the US Air Force. It exclusively hosts American troops. It is located in Suffolk, in the eastern part of the United Kingdom.

What happened to the Upwood Air Force base?

One by one the soldiers and their families were moved from the base, with the last family leaving in 2005. By 2012, the base was completely closed. Part of the RAF Upwood was sold to civilians, part remained abandoned, and another part is used by airsoft players.

What is Upwood Air Station?

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.

Where is RAF Upwood?

Location in Cambridgeshire. Royal Air Force Upwood or more simply RAF Upwood is a former Royal Air Force station adjacent to the village of Upwood, Cambridgeshire, England in the United Kingdom.

What happened to the 230 Operational Conversion Unit at Upwood?

No 230 Operational Conversion Unit formed at Upwood in 1953 to provide training on the type, returning to its former name of the Lincoln Conversion Flight two years later, and in January 1956 the unit moved to Hemswell. The Radar Reconnaissance Flight also used Upwood for just over three years from 1952.