History Gallery

Just over 100 years ago the site of RAF Upper Heyford was cultivated fields. Since then, the site has undergone almost constant change with new building, demolition and the re-purposing of old buildings.

Plan of the aerodrome boundaries (blue line) before construction work started in 1918 (Library & Archives Canada).
Plans for the second RAF Upper Heyford, submitted to the Treasury by the Air Ministry in November 1923 (The National Archive).
RAF Upper Heyford, probably in November 1927.
RAF Upper Heyford 1 July 1942.
RAF Upper Heyford October 1957.
RAF Upper Heyford 1969.
RAF Upper Heyford, February 1980.
RAF Upper Heyford 20th TFW squadron areas (courtesy of Art Sevigny).
Domestic and Technical Sites plan, RAF Upper Heyford, 1980.
An aerial view of a portion of the base, showing the main runway and hangar area. The 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, U.S. Air Force Europe (USAFE), and the 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron, USAFE, are based at Upper Heyford. (USAF official photo & caption).
An aerial view of a portion of the base. The 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force Europe (USAFE), and the 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron, USAFE, are based at Upper Heyford. (USAF official photo & caption).
An aerial view of a hangar area adjacent to the main runway. An EF-111 Raven aircraft from the 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron, United States Air Force Europe (USAFE), is being towed along a road in the foreground. The 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, USAFE, is also based at Upper Heyford. (USAF official photo & caption).
An aerial view of a hangar area on the base, showing an EF-111 aircraft of 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force Europe (USAFE), parked in front of one of the hangars. The 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron, USAFE, is also based at Upper Heyford. (USAF official photo & caption).
An aerial view of a hangar area on the base, showing an EF-111 aircraft of 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force Europe (USAFE), parked in front of one of the hangars. The 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron, USAFE, is also based at Upper Heyford. (USAF official photo & caption).
An aerial view of a portion of the base, showing a housing area in the foreground. The 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, U.S. Air Force Europe (USAFE), and the 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron, USAFE, are based at Upper Heyford. (USAF official photo & caption).