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The 1950's
Submitted by Leo Barish, PFC, Army; serving in two chemical companies (smoke), the 83rd and the 98th. 1955 - 1956. Submitted by Leo Barish, PFC, Army; serving in two chemical companies (smoke), the 83rd and the 98th. 1955 - 1956. Submitted by Leo Barish, PFC, Army; serving in two chemical companies (smoke), the 83rd and the 98th. 1955 - 1956. Submitted by Leo Barish, PFC, Army; serving in two chemical companies (smoke), the 83rd and the 98th. 1955 - 1956


The 1960's
Submitted by Gene Sannes, 18 TRS Flight Chief, 1967 - 1971.
Submitted by Gene Sannes, 18 TRS Flight Chief, 1967 - 1971.
Submitted by Gene Sannes, 18 TRS Flight Chief, 1967 - 1971. "...photo was taken while a buck Sgt and I were refueling RF 101 tail number 101 in the 18 TRS Squadron area on the far side of the base."
Guy A. (Tony) Smith, A2C, 3918th CDS, Jun 1964 - Jun 1966.

"...taken of me in 1964 or 1965. Not hard to see what I was doing. Maybe someone will recognize the aircraft or me. If this picture comes thru to you ok, you will see that the paint was flaking off, and I don't remember for sure where this was on the flightline."

Guy A. "Tony" Smith, A2C, 3918th CDS, Jun 1964 - Jun 1966.

Submitted by TSgt. Edgar 'Mac' Brown 1968 - 1971. "I painted this for an Air Show at UH on NATO Day July 6, 1969. Shortly after, a Tone Down Program was implemented and the yellow turned olive drab. The crane came from LAON AFB, France, after they kicked out U.S. Government. The chassis was driven to the North Sea. It and the boom were shipped to England. It was assigned to 66TRW."

Submitted by TSgt. Edgar "Mac" Brown 1968 - 1971.

Submitted by Ed Bardwell, 66th AMS, Oct 1967 - Apr 1970. "...picture of a group from the 66th Avionics Maintenance Squadron (1968/69) working on an Instrument Landing System problem at Upper Heyford. I believe that is Bill Pouch in the cockpit and Lee Goren on the ladder. I think the third man might be Dan Watkins."

Submitted by Ed Bardwell, 66th AMS, Oct 1967 - Apr 1970.

Submitted by Ed Bardwell, 66th AMS, Oct 1967 - Apr 1970. "Another shot from the 60s. There was always a group from the 66th TRW sent on TDY to Morona De La Frontera Spain each winter to avoid the bad flying weather at RAF Upper Heyford. This is Dan Watkins , Ed Bardwell, and Tom Kelso getting ready to climb aboard the C-130 for the 30 day TDY. This shot was probably taken in the winter of 1969."

Submitted by Ed Bardwell, 66th AMS, Oct 1967 - Apr 1970.

RAF Upper Heyford At 9000. Submitted by Bob Kerstetter, 17th TRS Photo Interpreter (PI), Aug 1966 - Apr 1969. 17th TRS Royal Flush 1967 Squadron. Submitted by Bob Kerstetter, 17th TRS Photo Interpreter (PI), Aug 1966 - Apr 1969. (Left) RAF Upper Heyford At 9000.
(Right) 17th TRS Royal Flush 1967 Squadron.

Submitted by Bob Kerstetter, Sgt, 17th TRS Photo Interpreter (PI), Aug 1966 - Apr 1969.


The 1970's
24533-thm.jpg "In the 1960s and '70s the Kaman HH-43B was extensively used by the USAF as a short range SAR helicopter. Here, 62-4533 demonstrates its firefighting capability at RAF Upper Heyford, England, on 29 August 1970. Note the based F-100 Super Sabre in the background."

Photo used by permission, coutesy of: 'Barry Hickman - Collection'. http://homepage.eircom.net/~helicopters/24533.htm

Submitted by Lamar Terry, MSgt/USAF Ret. Monday, September 14th, 1970
"...the 1st F-111 to arrive at Upper Heyford. (2 arrived). Tsgt. Paul Day is parking it and I am standing to the right of him."

Submitted by Lamar Terry, MSgt/USAF Ret.

A1C Ken Bachman 1977 "Law Enforcement (LE) Security Policeman Ken Bachman serves on duty at Gate 1, the Entry Control Point to the Flightline. We used to call it "The Main Gate".   This was a busy post for Law Enforcement Security Police, to say the least!   I recently learned about the "new" Main Gate next to the Admin. building beside Camp Road, or "the Queen's Highway", as we used to call it.   The Base used to be wide open to the general public until you got to this gate at the Flightline."   Submitted by Duane Park, 20th SPS, 1976 - 1978.
Submitted by Alfred W. Plouffe.

"The Spirit of '76 to celebrate our 200th Birthday".

Submitted by Alfred W. Plouffe, 20 OMS 1975 - 1978 and 77 TFS Production Super 1981 - 1985.

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

"Delivery"

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

"Jammers"

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980. "B-52's at Heyford, 1979"

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980. "B-52's at Heyford, 1979"

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980. "Quick Check lunch".

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980. "At the bomb trailer on a transfer of MK-82 snakeyes for MK-20's. Very cold that day."

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

Submitted by Mark Sinclair, 20 AMS, CNPA Shop (COMM/NAV/ECM Avionics), 1977 - 1979.

"4:30am view during alert."

Submitted by Mark Sinclair, 20 AMS, CNPA Shop (COMM/NAV/ECM Avionics), 1977 - 1979.

Submitted by Mark Sinclair, 20 AMS, CNPA Shop (COMM/NAV/ECM Avionics), 1977 - 1979.

1977-1979 "SAC Ramp."

Submitted by Mark Sinclair, 20 AMS, CNPA Shop (COMM/NAV/ECM Avionics).

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980. "Looking to engine test."

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

"Landing."

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980. "B-17 Flying Fortress at Heyford."

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.

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1977 - "What's the best way for a Security Policeman to stay warm at the Alpha 2 Entry Control Point? Get as close as you can to the jet exhaust without getting blown over!"

Duane Park, 20th SPS, 1976 - 1978.

Tonka-thm.jpg 1978 - "The Crash Recovery Vehicle was affectionately referred to as `The Tonka Toy'."

Submitted by Duane Park, 20th SPS, 1976 - 1978.

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1977 "Home of the 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron."

Submitted by Duane Park, 20th SPS, 1976 - 1978.

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980. "Up close and personal."

Submitted by Don King, 20th MMS, 1978 - 1980.


The 1980's
Mike Kaplan (pictured), 520th Aircraft Generation Squadron, 55th AMU,  Jan 1986 - Jan 1988, 55th FS Flight Control and Instrument Systems Specialist, Aug 1990 - Jan 1994.

Submitted by Mike Kaplan (pictured), 520th Aircraft Generation Squadron, 55th AMU, Jan 1986 - Jan 1988, 55th FS Flight Control and Instrument Systems Specialist, Aug 1990 - Jan 1994.

Submitted by Mike Kaplan, 520th Aircraft Generation Squadron, 55th AMU,  Jan 1986 - Jan 1988, 55th FS Flight Control and Instrument Systems Specialist, Aug 1990 - Jan 1994.

Submitted by Mike Kaplan, 520th Aircraft Generation Squadron, 55th AMU, Jan 1986 - Jan 1988, 55th FS Flight Control and Instrument Systems Specialist, Aug 1990 - Jan 1994.

Submitted by Kevin Burns, 20th SPS. "...sent to me by folks in my newsgroup."
Submitted by Kevin Burns, 20th SPS, Oct 1980 - Oct 1982.
Submitted by Mike Neill. Submitted by Mike Neill. Submitted by Mike Neill. Submitted by Mike Neill.


The 1990's
Support of Operation Desert Storm
"These photos were taken circa February, 1991. I was with a 63 AMS unit from Norton AFB in California, deployed to RAF Upper Heyford in support of Operation Desert Storm from January to April of 1991."

Submitted by Albert Mosley, 63 AMS, Norton AFB, California. C-141B near UH hangars. Submitted by Albert Mosley, 63 AMS, Norton AFB, California. UH F-111 hangars. Submitted by Albert Mosley, 63 AMS, Norton AFB, California. UH Flightline, MAC Aircraft, 1991. Submitted by Albert Mosley, 63 AMS, Norton AFB, California. UH Transient; F-16 taxiing. Submitted by Albert Mosley, 63 AMS, Norton AFB, California.

Submitted by Bruce Matzen, 20 CES, 1989 - 1992, Fire Protection Specialist.

'Heyford Flightline'
"This is a view of the ramp in front of the fire station on the flightline (east side of flightline fire station)"
Submitted by Bruce Matzen, 20 CES, 1989 - 1992, Fire Protection Specialist.

Submitted by Jacob Hughes, 20 CRS PMEL Squadron, 1990 - 1993. "Picture of flightline."

Submitted by Jacob Hughes, 20 CRS PMEL Squadron, 1990 - 1993.

Submitted by Jacob Hughes, 20 CRS PMEL Squadron, 1990 - 1993. "F111 being taxed while we are working base closure detail."

Submitted by Jacob Hughes, 20 CRS PMEL Squadron, 1990 - 1993.

Submitted by Mike Kaplan. UHlast3-thm.jpg Submitted by Mike Kaplan. UHlast3_(2)-thm.jpg "The last three F-111's at Heyford".

Photo and article submitted by Mike Kaplan, 520th Aircraft Generation Squadron, 55th AMU, Jan 1986 - Jan 1988; 55th FS Flight Control and Instrument Systems Specialist, Aug 1990 - Jan 1994.

Submitted by Scott Cresswell, 20th Supply Squadron. "... a photo of the last 111 taking off from Heyford. It was framed and given to me as a going away plaque."

Submitted by Scott Cresswell, 20th Supply Squadron, Feb 1992 - Jul 1994.


The 2000's
Submitted by Marty Bindloss, taken on 17 Feb 2002. Main Control Tower, taken by Marty Bindloss on 17 Feb 2002. Photo taken by Marty Bindloss on 17 Feb 2002. Photo taken by Marty Bindloss on 17 Feb 2002. Photo taken by Marty Bindloss on 17 Feb 2002. Photo taken by Marty Bindloss on 17 Feb 2002.
Submitted by Nigel Dawe, Research Historian, The Ridgeway Military & Aviation Research Group, based at RAF Welford, Newbury, Berkshire. Submitted by Nigel Dawe. Filename: HardsatUH.jpg Submitted by Nigel Dawe. Filename: Shelter32UH.jpg Submitted by Nigel Dawe. Filename: UHShelter32.jpg Submitted by Nigel Dawe. Filename: Goodol_days[1]UH.jpg


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