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2. AIR / USAFE / RAF Alconbury

Last modified: 13 Apr 2021, submitted by: Joker
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Country: United States    Region: Overseas

Locale: UK

Latitude: 52° 22' 22" N     Longitude: -1° 46' 36" E

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE

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52°22'22"N 0°13'24"W USAFE RAF Alconbury. A former WW2 RAF land later USAAF bomberbase. After WW2 the base first hosted several nuclear certified USAF units from 1955-1965 operating in TDY and later fixed detachments armed with Mk5 and Mk7 bombs stored in a (now non-ops) Special Storage Area.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8c/Mark_5_nuclear_bomb.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/21/Mark_7_nuclear_bomb_at_USAF_Museum.jpg

Alconbury reroled into conventional operations stationing a USAF F-4 force from 1965-1978, then a SAC U-2/TR-1 17th Recon Wing from 1982-1991 and then 10th Tactical Fighter WIng flying A/10īs from 1987-1993. After that all flying ops ceased in 1995.

Currently RAF Alconbury is a non-flying base hosting:
- USAFE / Hq 501st Combat Support Wing http://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/Units/423rd-ABG/ rovides mission support services to the RAF Alconbury, RAF Molesworth and Stavanger airbase communities
-- 423rd Air Base Group (along with RAF Molesworth and RAF Upwood) with 423d Force Support, Civil Engineer, Comms, Medical and Security Forces Squadrons.

The DoD decision to whithdraw US forces form RAF Alconbury in 2023 is cancelled.

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