A pictorial record of the remains of RAF Upper Heyford
RAF Upper Heyford was a Royal Air Force station located 5 miles (8 km) outside of Bicester near the village of Upper Heyford.
During the Cold War, Upper Heyford initially served as a base for United States Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) strategic bombers and later United States Air Forces In Europe (USAFE) tactical reconnaissance, fighter and fighter-bomber aircraft in the UK.
With the end of the Cold War, the presence of the 20th TFW was deemed no longer necessary in England. The USAF presence at RAF Upper Heyford was gradually phased down.
The runways are now home to a variety of wildlife including the scarce Lowland Calcareous Grassland and rare bird species such as the peregrine falcon, skylark and buzzard. Some of the buildings are used as an automotive storage compound for new and used vehicles. Other functions include police driving activities such as training.
There are however many buildings which are still boarded up and it is currently unclear what the future of those will be. Welcome to my collection of images from this Cold War giant.