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Christmas Common Relay Tower Ã¢â‚¬â€œ June 2014 Visited with TBM a while back in June, the delay is down to needing to take the time to edit the video. We visited what we HOPE is a disused relay tower. It has one drum, maybe a repeater, on the side but the land is so overgrown and unkempt IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure. Formerly a Radio Relay site and a USAF Microwave Transmission Tower, it looks like this was used until recently and is in a decaying state. It looks like it was used up until maybe the last 2 or 3 years. The MOD sold the site in 2004. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 Video https://flic.kr/p/ooZwx2
Another from the archive, and another one with great memories attached. I met one of my best exploring buddies in April 2010 when he was brand new to urbex and the first thing he said he wanted to do was Greenham Common at sunrise. Well a year and a half after that was first mooted isn't too bad, is it? The plan for access over the multiple fences surrounding the site was put into motion and at 5.30am one August morning me and him rocked up on the outskirts of the old airfield, the place was deathly quiet and after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing the plan went off without a hitch and we were in with minutes to go until the sun was due to rise over the horizon at about 6.10am. We scrambled onto one of the bunkers in the middle of the site and set our gear up, and watching the sun rise over the sprawling site it became one of the most beautiful, surreal and unforgettable memories I have from my whole life. After the sun cleared the horizon we wandered the site, it was an odd feeling being somewhere that could have been at the epicentre of wiping out a large amount of the world's population had the cold war gone full nuclear... The doors to the nuclear missile bunkers are required by NATO law to stay open, so Russian satellites can see that they are empty in case they fly over looking. Somewhere on the common we heard a familiar roar and watched as a hot air balloon ascended into the morning sky, and I couldn't resist a wave at the occupants! We moved over to the old guard post and front gate, and before we could snap any photos a loud crack shattered the morning air from a few feet away, and a small cloud of smoke rose into the sky - turned out my mate had tripped a wire attached to a blank shotgun shell used to scare wildlife...well it certainly scared us! And, now that everyone on the airfield that morning knew we were there, we made our retreat to the local McDonalds More photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157627406780905/
Opened in 1942, it was used by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces during World War II and the United States Air Force during the Cold War. After the Cold War ended, it was closed in 1993. The airfield was also known for the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp held outside its gates in the 1980s. Greenham Common airfield was one of several wartime airfields in the Salisbury Plain area and was originally intended for use as an RAF Bomber Command Operational Training Unit. It was built to the Class A airfield standard, the main feature of which was a set of three converging runways each containing a concrete runway for takeoffs and landings, optimally placed at 60 degree angles to each other in a triangular pattern connecting to an enclosing perimeter track, of a standard width of 50 feet. The land for the airfield was acquired in May 1941 and the runways were built in early 1942 with one main and two secondary runways with assorted loop and pan dispersal hardstands connecting to an enclosing perimeter track, of a standard width of 50 feet. The runway today is all overgrown and you can freely walk around it now days the bomb storage part has about 5 fence's if i remember correct but all are very easy and its public land anyway, it has a secca who lives in a caravan on site for some reason but we didn't hear a thing. it was quite a while ago now but im sure it wouldn't have changed much