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RAF / US / Upper Heyford

Last modified: 12 Apr 2021, submitted by: Joker
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Country: United Kingdom    Region: Oxfordshire

Latitude: 51° 56' 29" N     Longitude: -2° 45' 29" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed

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RAF-USAFE Upper Heyford. Former WW2 training base. As of 1950 over to USAF (later USAFE) until closure 1994.
In 2000 declassified documents revealed an active on-base nuclear storage (1956 -1988) at grid 5156'32"N 114'40"W holding 25x AGM-69 Short Range Attack Missiles (SRAM) to be carried by USAF FB-111A's in case of WW3. These weapons were armed with a W69 nuc warhead with a max.yield of 200KT.

Units:
- 3918th Air Base Group 1950 -1952 preparations
- 3918th Strategic Wing 1952 - 1965 operating B-50's and B-36's and B-52's
- 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing 1966 -1970 operating RF-101's, RF-4's and U-2
- 20th Tactical Fighter Wing 1970 - 1993 operating FB-111's and EF-111's

Video footage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suCM4wpz8RE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3t6oB0HJBQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suCM4wpz8RE

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