In depth Bentwaters Airfield Tour -18th March 2017

In depth Bentwaters Airfield Tour -18th March 2017

Postby John5199 on Thu 23 Mar 2017, 7:58 pm

Just a small selection of photos from a very enjoyable day spent at the former RAF Bentwaters base recently. Credit must go to Graham & the BCWM staff for arranging the tour and to Benwaters Parks for providing access to so many buildings on the airfield

If you get the chance I would highly recommend a visit to the Bentwaters Cold War Museum located in the old command bunker, and would also recommend going on a tour of the airfield as & when the museum can arrange them.


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RAF Bentwaters - Phantom FGR2 - XV401 by John Buckingham, on Flickr

XV401, owned by the BCWM and located outside their HAS. It's on the list for restoration and apparently will be restored to a 74 Sqn scheme.

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RAF Bentwaters - Nuclear Weapons Storage Area by John Buckingham, on Flickr

View from just outside the secure weapons storage area. They really meant business when they built this place, 3 layers of fencing, pressure pads, 2 massive gates, watch tower and plenty of razor wire !!

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RAF Bentwaters - Nuclear Weapons Storage Area by John Buckingham, on Flickr

Bunker within ! I imagined the inside of the large storage bunkers would just be an empty space but apparently not ! The internal bunker had a thick steel door with 2 separate locks.

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RAF Bentwaters - Maverick Missile Building by John Buckingham, on Flickr

Inside the Maverick Missile Building. Sounds like good advice :lol:

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RAF Bentwaters - 92 TFS Building by John Buckingham, on Flickr

Wall art inside the 92nd TFS building.

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RAF Bentwaters - Hush House Exaust Tunnel by John Buckingham, on Flickr

Inside the Hush House, looking back down the exhaust tunnel.

Lots more on my Flickr page if anyone is interested :smile:
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John5199

Re: In depth Bentwaters Airfield Tour -18th March 2017

Postby Sundowner on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 9:24 am

Interesting stuff, just had a look at the rest on your Flickr page, any idea what that old truck was used for ?
Sundowner

Re: In depth Bentwaters Airfield Tour -18th March 2017

Postby John5199 on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 8:36 pm

Sundowner wrote:Interesting stuff, just had a look at the rest on your Flickr page, any idea what that old truck was used for ?


I don't I'm afraid, never thought to ask :sad: but if Graham from the BCWM is looking at this I'm sure he'll know :smile: Thanks for taking a look through my photos.
Nikon D7100, D7200
Nikon 70-300 AF-S VR
Nikon 200-500 AF-S VR
John5199

Re: In depth Bentwaters Airfield Tour -18th March 2017

Postby brewerybod on Wed 19 Apr 2017, 4:58 pm

John5199 wrote:
Sundowner wrote:Interesting stuff, just had a look at the rest on your Flickr page, any idea what that old truck was used for ?


I don't I'm afraid, never thought to ask :sad: but if Graham from the BCWM is looking at this I'm sure he'll know :smile: Thanks for taking a look through my photos.


Graham here from BCWM :-) , that old lorry has been there for quite a while and was left over from a t.v programme/film.
It looks like it has trench digging apparatus mounted on the back of it.
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Re: In depth Bentwaters Airfield Tour -18th March 2017

Postby Sundowner on Wed 19 Apr 2017, 9:26 pm

Aha, certainly an impressive looking rig, thanks Graham.
Sundowner


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