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Many first-time web site visitors may be wondering, "What is RAF Upper Heyford like today?" If you haven't already heard, you may be quite surprised, or perhaps even a bit saddened to learn the fate of the once-bustling U.S. Air Force base. Now known as Heyford Park, many kind souls in the local vicinity have graciously submitted their photos of the current state our former airbase. Steady now, mates...


"... Just a little info on the base (just visited late August this year [2014]). Everything is being replaced on the side of Queens Highway opposite the Runway side with the exception (for now) of the housing where the new hospital "was". New homes are being built, hundreds of them! All of the old barracks, the chow hall and just recently (see photos) the hospital, they are all gone forever. I have friends living on a farm just over the fence from all this construction..." "... It seems that the old Finance Office (where I worked) across from the Main Gate is to be saved and converted into an "up scale" pub! Who would have guessed way back when. I have friends who live on the farm right next to the base, actually along side where the security police barracks "was". Also, the Officers Club is to be converted into an Elementary school."

Submitted by Wayne George, 20th CSG, Accounting & Finance Office, Jan 1970 - Apr 1973.


Submitted by Wayne George, Jan 1970 - Apr 1973. Submitted by Wayne George, Jan 1970 - Apr 1973. Submitted by Wayne George, Jan 1970 - Apr 1973. Submitted by Wayne George, Jan 1970 - Apr 1973. Submitted by Wayne George, Jan 1970 - Apr 1973.


April 2014

"Hi
My business is near Upper Heyford and we have just taken storage in one if the old hangers and noticed the original livery still on the outside. Thought you might be interested in how things look today!

Kind regards

Chris."

Submitted by Christopher T Poole. Submitted by Christopher T Poole. Submitted by Christopher T Poole. Submitted by Christopher T Poole. Submitted by Christopher T Poole. Submitted by Christopher T Poole.


Base Hospital
USAFE Hospital Of The Year. USAFE Hospital Of The Year.

Submitted by Jim Bryan, Avionics Maintenance Squadron, 1979 - 1983 and CRS 1988 to Base Closure.

ER Entrance.

"ER Entrance."

Submitted by Jim Bryan, Avionics Maintenance Squadron, 1979 - 1983 and CRS 1988 to Base Closure.

Hospital.

"Hospital."

Submitted by Jim Bryan, Avionics Maintenance Squadron, 1979 - 1983 and CRS 1988 to Base Closure.

Hospital.

"The Base Hospital."

Photo taken January 2001.

Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan.

Hospital.

"The Hospital."

Photo taken 23 April 2001 by Marty Bindloss.

Near the Base Hospital.

"Near the Base Hospital."

Photo taken January 2001.

Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan.

Submitted by Wayne Dodson, 20th SPS, Jan 1991 - Base Closure. Hospital

Submitted by Wayne Dodson, 20th SPS, Jan 1991 - Base Closure.

Submitted by Wayne Dodson, 20th SPS, Jan 1991 - Base Closure. Hospital

Submitted by Wayne Dodson, 20th SPS, Jan 1991 - Base Closure.

Views from the roof of the base Hospital
Submitted by Marty Bindloss, photos taken 28-8-2002. View 1 from Hospital roof. Photo taken by Marty Bindloss, 28-8-2002. View 2 from Hospital roof. Photo taken by Marty Bindloss, 28-8-2002. View 3 from Hospital roof. Photo taken by Marty Bindloss, 28-8-2002. View 4 from Hospital roof. Photo taken by Marty Bindloss, 28-8-2002. View 5 from Hospital roof. Photo taken by Marty Bindloss, 28-8-2002.
Near the Base Hospital, January 2001. Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan.

"Near the Base Hospital."

Photo taken January 2001.

Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan.

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Base Exchange
BX Roundabout. Submitted by Jim Bryan, Avionics Maintenance Squadron 1979 - 1983 and CRS 1988 to Base Closure. "BX Roundabout."

Submitted by Jim Bryan, Avionics Maintenance Squadron 1979 - 1983 and CRS 1988 to Base Closure.

Walking towards the BX. Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

"Walking towards the BX."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

The BX. Submitted by Jim Bryan, Avionics Maintenance Squadron 1979 - 1983 and CRS 1988 to Base Closure.

"The BX."

Submitted by Jim Bryan, Avionics Maintenance Squadron 1979 - 1983 and CRS 1988 to Base Closure.

The BX (as close as I could get). Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

"The BX (as close as I could get)."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

The BX. Photo taken 23 April 2001 by Marty Bindloss.

"The BX."

Photo taken 23 April 2001 by Marty Bindloss.

The BX. Submitted by Jim Bryan, Avionics Maintenance Squadron, 1979 - 1983 and CRS 1988 to Base Closure.

"The BX."

Submitted by Jim Bryan, Avionics Maintenance Squadron, 1979 - 1983 and CRS 1988 to Base Closure.

The BX. Submitted by Wayne Dodson, 20th SPS, Jan 1991 - Base Closure.

"The BX."

Submitted by Wayne Dodson, 20th SPS, Jan 1991 - Base Closure.

The BX. Submitted by Wayne Dodson, 20th SPS, Jan 1991 - Base Closure.

"The BX."

Submitted by Wayne Dodson, 20th SPS, Jan 1991 - Base Closure.

Submitted by Wayne Dodson, 20th SPS, Jan 1991 - Base Closure.

"The BX."

Submitted by Wayne Dodson, 20th SPS, Jan 1991 - Base Closure.


Bowling Alley
The Bowling Alley. Photo taken 23 April 2001 by Marty Bindloss.

"The Bowling Alley."

Photo taken 23 April 2001 by Marty Bindloss.

Fire at the Upper Heyford Bowling Center. Submitted by Garry Hill on May 23, 2003.

"I thought that you might like to know that there was a fire at the Upper Heyford Bowling Center earlier this week which damaged the roof of the building. The fire department are investigating the cause but I believe at this stage they don't think that it was intentional."

Submitted courtesy of Garry Hill, May 23, 2003.

Bowling Alley Demolition - October 2004

"I live in what was the old base houseing on Portal Drive North. I thought you may like to know that the old bowling alley was knocked down this week and signs erected where the old huts are, warning of "Asbestos"."

Submitted courtesy of Steve Provis, October 2004. UH Bowling Center Demolition 10-21-2004. Submitted coutesy of Steve Provis. UH Bowling Center Demolition 10-21-2004. Submitted coutesy of Steve Provis. UH Bowling Center Demolition 10-21-2004. Submitted coutesy of Steve Provis. UH Bowling Center Demolition 10-21-2004. Submitted coutesy of Steve Provis.

UH Bowling Center Demolition 10-21-2004. Submitted coutesy of Kevin A Buxey, Heyford Leys Park. "I have lived next to the base all my life and have seen a lot going on 1958 to 2004 quite a while. Thought you might like to see what has happened to the bowling alley within the last two weeks."

Submitted coutesy of Kevin A Buxey,
Heyford Leys Park


Submitted courtesy of Mark Mullins. 10/30/06 "A Bit Of Life On Base"

"You may already know that the baseball and softball diamonds are now used by the GB Baseball Academy for training sessions for youth and senior squads. So I spend quite a bit of time standing around Upper Heyford waiting for my sons!"

Submitted courtesy of Mark Mullins. 10/30/06


Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

"A view up Camp Road towards the main roundabout."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Photo taken by Marty Bindloss on Aug 28th, 2002.

Heyford Audio/Photo Retail Outlet, Building 529, 28/08/02.

Taken by Marty Bindloss.

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

"The path leading from the Officer's Club to the Main Gate."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

"Walking from the main roundabouts towards the shoppette & petrol station."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

"The Petrol Station."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

"Outside front of the Officer's Club."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

"The sign on the back of the building at the Main Gate."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

"The grounds of the Officer's Club."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

"Officer's Club."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001. "Looking down Camp Road towards the south exit."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001. "The signs are still in place. ;)"

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001. "A photo of the car park between buildings 77 & 78 (where I work). Was temporary lodgings, now the Cherwell Innovation Centre."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Cherwell Innovation Centre

"Here is one of the things that have happened." Submitted by Bill Searcy, 1st Aviation Field Depot Squadron (SAC), 1951 - 1954. http://www.oxfordinnovation.co.uk/cherwell.htm

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001. "My office building, #77."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001. "My office (heh heh), these are the old temporary lodgings, now converted. I look out over the park at the back of Larsen Road. My desk is on the right of the photo ;)"

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001. "The tennis courts."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001. "The park at the end of Larsen Road (Larsen Road photos were a request I received)."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001. "Larsen Road."

Submitted by David Curran, Dec. 19, 2001.

Houses. Photo taken in January 2001.

Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan.

The Lamplighter Inn & Chow Hall, January 2000. Submitted by Kurt Rice. The Lamplighter Inn & Chow Hall, January 2000.

Submitted by Kurt Rice, 520 AGS, 1982 - 1984 and 520 AGS / 79 AMU, 1986 - 1990.

Heyford_Lamplighter_Inn-thm.jpg Heyford Lamplighter Inn

Submitted by Marty Bindloss & I. Halford 08/09/01.

The Recreation Center and Open Mess Complex, January 2000. Submitted by Kurt Rice. The Recreation Center and Open Mess Complex, January 2000."

Submitted by Kurt Rice, 520 AGS, 1982 - 1984 and 520 AGS / 79 AMU, 1986 - 1990.

The Recreation Center. Submitted by Marty Bindloss & I. Halford on 08/09/01. "Recreation Center."

Submitted by Marty Bindloss & I. Halford on 08/09/01.

Day Care Center. "Day Care Center."

Submitted by Jim Bryan, Avionics Maintenance Squadron 1979 - 1983 and CRS 1988 to Base Closure.

The Upper Heyford School Sign. "The Upper Heyford School Sign."

Photo taken 23 April 2001 by M. Bindloss.

The Old Elementary School. "The Old Elementary School."

Photo taken 23 April 2001 by Marty Bindloss.

The Credit Union.

"The Credit Union."

Submitted by Jim Bryan, Avionics Maintenance Squadron 1979 - 1983 and CRS 1988 to Base Closure.

The Coffee Shop.

"The Coffee Shop."

Photo taken 23 April 2001 by Marty Bindloss.

The Tennis Courts. "The Tennis Courts."

Photo taken 23 April 2001 by Marty Bindloss.

The Water Tower. "The Water Tower."

Photo taken in January 2001.

Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan.

Basehousing1-thm.jpg "The Base Housing Area."

Photo taken in January 2001.

Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan.

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Photo taken in January 2001.

Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan.

ParkView Newsletter, page 1.

"ParkView Newsletter Page 1, Winter 2000."

Submitted by Dan McKenzie, Peterborough, UK. www.bunkertours.com

ParkView Newsletter, page 2.

"An article from the ParkView Newsletter Page 2, Winter 2000."

Submitted by Dan McKenzie, Peterborough, UK. www.bunkertours.com

ParkView Newsletter, page 3. "ParkView Newsletter Page 3, Winter 2000."

Submitted by Dan McKenzie, Peterborough, UK. www.bunkertours.com

ParkView Newsletter, page 6. "ParkView Newsletter Page 6."

Submitted by Dan McKenzie, Peterborough, UK. www.bunkertours.com

20TFW Communications Building, submitted by Nigel Dawe, The Ridgeway Military & Aviation Research Group. Filename: 20TFWCommunicationsBldg.jpg

20TFW Communications Building

Submitted by Nigel Dawe, Research Historian, The Ridgeway Military & Aviation Research Group, based at RAF Welford, Newbury, Berkshire.

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Contracting Office

Submitted by Marty Bindloss & I. Halford on 08/09/01.

The Flightline Areas Today
Submitted by Marty Bindloss, photos taken 17 Feb 2002. Photo taken by Marty Bindloss, 17 Feb 2002. Main Control Tower, taken by Marty Bindloss, 17 Feb 2002. Photo taken by Marty Bindloss, 17 Feb 2002. Photo taken by Marty Bindloss, 17 Feb 2002. Photo taken by Marty Bindloss, 17 Feb 2002.
Heyford Firestation 28-8-02 taken by Marty Bindloss.

"Heyford Firestation 28/08/02."

Taken by Marty Bindloss.

EMS Hanger, submitted by Jim Bryan. Filename: EMS_Hanger-thm.jpg "EMS Hanger." Submitted by Jim Bryan.
Back side of EMS hanger. Submitted by Jim Bryan. Filename: BackSide_of_EMS_hanger-thm.jpg "Back side of EMS hanger." Submitted by Jim Bryan, Avionics Maintenance Squadron 1979 - 1983 and CRS 1988 to Base Closure. Phase_Hanger-thm.jpg "Phase Hanger." Submitted by Jim Bryan.
DCM_Building-thm.jpg "DCM Building." Submitted by Jim Bryan. 300_BackSide-thm.jpg "Back side of Bldg 300". Submitted by Jim Bryan, Avionics Maintenance Squadron 1979 - 1983 and CRS 1988 to Base Closure.
Camp_Road-thm.jpg Camp Road, January 2001. Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan. Cars_at_UH-thm.jpg Cars at UH. July 8, 1998. Submitted by Jonathan (last name witheld by request).
Image043-thm.jpg Cars in the Aircraft Shelters, January 2001. Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan. AC_Shelter_Now-thm.jpg Aircraft Shelter, January 2001. Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan.
AC_Shelter_Interior-thm.jpg Aircraft Shelter Interior, January 2001. Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan. Base_Perimeter-thm.jpg January 2001. Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan.
Bunker4-thm.jpg January 2001. Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan. Ammodump-thm.jpg January 2001. Submitted by Harold Messimer through Mike Kaplan.
Submitted by Andy Hubble, Director, Star Fireworks. Submitted by Andy Hubble, Director, Star Fireworks. Aerial photo of Heyford

I thought you might be interested in the attached aerial photograph of Upper Heyford taken from around 3000 feet up in July 2004. Iím the safety manager for Cosmic Fireworks, one of the companies currently based at Upper Heyford. I have a private pilots licence and took the photo whilst on a pleasure flight around the local area. Iím happy for you to publish the picture on your website.


Regards,

Andy Hubble
Director - Star Fireworks
andy@starfireworks.co.uk

Heyford homes to cover less land


Here are some photos and information about the Base after it closed, on the "USAF Ghost Pages" of the "Rolling Thunder" Classic Jets Pages web site.

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Provided courtesy of Michael Baldock, webmaster, living in Guildford, England.   These photos are definitely a "must see".


2012
The following photos submitted courtesy of Des Blenkinsopp:

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2846565

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2846528

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2846505

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2846470

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2846435

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2846418

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2846379

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2846363

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2854147

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2854130

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