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  1. Upper Heyford Water Tower – June 2014 Having explored much of this disused/part used USAF base in Oxfordshire with my good friend TBM; and since its all being torn down and redeveloped, including peoples homes which the RAF built for the USAF in the 1960s, and we have explored much of it but sadly not the Water Towers, we decided that we were well overdue. We went Midsummer to catch the best sunrise and were on the top of this awesome water tower by 03:50am and made our descent at about 06:15. It was an incredible, magical sunrise and a wonderful night of taking photos. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 Video time lapse More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157645337458012/
  2. 2013: I believe this is up for demo. 2011: So not having urbexed for MONTHS :-(, I got to do the Skyking, which is something I'd been meaning to do for a while. We had a guided tour round the place with a very knowledgeable man who has worked at Heyford for 36 years! The Skyking was first known as The Astra, but was changed by the USAF, and the seats were refitted at some point. The cinema was closed in 1994 when the whole site closed. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
  3. 2013:I believe they are in the process of demo now. 2010: Ok, so we all know about this place and its been done to death! But here is a selection of my eventful day last week! Originally opened as an RAF base in 1918, Heyford was passed on to the USAF, where it became a kind of “Mini Americaâ€Â; keeping the Soldiers feeling at home. The site closed down in September 1994 and is a haven of explorers, like cinemas, hospitals, schools, shops, dorm blocks, clubs, bars amongst other things. The day went well overall, till the police caught up with us, and carried out a stop and search! I guess my unique vehicle choice parked nearby didn’t help! What an awesome day, visited with TBM and Mooks! High School Part of the schools exterior One of the many awesome decaying corridors One of Many Classrooms Volleyball Court School’s Boiler Room Casino and Bar Dorms We didn’t even cover a FRACTION of the place! What a place though, despite it being done so many times! More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157623505952107/
  4. And so we return to one of my very first locations, nearly 4 years after my first visit. Various plans had been hatched in the last couple of years to find a way to see this again, as very soon after my first visit the old - and only - access was comprehensively sealed. But news of the coming redevelopment of the communal part of RAF Upper Heyford, and the removal of items from here by the heritage team meant maybe our luck was in....and it was! The hospital at Upper Heyford was one of the last additions to the military site, being constructed in 1980. It closed along with the rest of the base in 1994 meaning it has spent longer derelict than it did in operational use! 90% of this place is in total darkness as only the patient rooms on the upper floor have any form of natural light going into them, and it is a complete maze of rooms going all over the place in the centre so we got lost numerous times! It made an interesting exercise in light painting to say the least. More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633181604772/
  5. I am surprised this hasnt been reported on before to be honest,so if you are familiar with it then my appologies.. Wee bit of history: Opened as an air base in 1918,taken over in the early 50`s by the Americans,this was the home to the F1-11`s till closure late 1994.Now a Heritage listed site,most of the domestic parts will soon be cleared for housing,but around the edge of the airfield many small businesses rent the old buildings.Thames Valley Police use an area next to the QRA area for training. We start our explore in what is/was known as QRA or Quick Response Area Imagine the noise from the F1-11 as it prepared to leave its hanger..the exhaust was drawn out the back There are 56 of this Hangers dotted around..the doors were pulled apart using some hefty motors Serious "keep out" fencing Mural inside a Hanger Bomb Store,but not today.. Watch Tower Control Tower Command Bunker Seriously thick blast doors Main frame Control Room Hotlines Tote Room Oops..alarms going,we better clear out!! And that was my first visit to Heyford..I love it there
  6. Love the spelling Foyer area Cheap seats From the stage The sound system..honest Seats Viewed from the projection room end Ticket office From the inside Cool kit Backstage Date stamp Well,that was SkyKing folks..nothing much really but one to tick off
  7. Opened it 1927,the Former RAF flying corps club passed into the hands of the Americans who added the last modern bar called Jandys.The living areas were quite respectable and the ballroom held host to big name stars.Closing along with base in 1994,the building quickly suffered from the damp,so a decision was taken to remove all the timber floors to allow the air to keep things less moist.There is talk of still turning this building over to be used as a school,so we shall have to wait and see.I visited in October 2011. Jandys Bar Main Ballroom Quick look down the underground shelters Shelters turned store rooms First signs of floor removal Reception Very grand in its day,no doubt In the Kings Cliffes Rooms..no ladies I`m afraid On our way upstairs to the accommodation now..view out over the frontage En suite Dressing room No doubt,plush in its day Main Entrance Back down in the Ballroom now Kitchens And finally..77th American Maintenance Unit Loved this place very much
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