World War Two & Cold War Airfields

Army HQ is sending down the chain of command to pilots and operators of 140 Squadron Photo Reconnaissance Unit (PRU) an urgent Intelligence Request for information and images of suspected missile launching pads, communications towers and foreign aircraft movements.   On your introductory flight you will be tasked with collecting photo images of disused second world war and cold war airfields which might be taken over by the enemy.  

Only operated from our RAF Wellesbourne base then PRU training base.  Arrive and be met by your intelligence operative where you will be briefed in all good military briefing establishments (the NAAFI or cafe) situated under the control tower.  You will be scrambled to your classic 1960 Cessna after your pre-flight briefing from the aircraft commander.  Pre-flight briefing will consist of your safety brief and the planned operational route briefing, after a “cup of char dear chap” (that’s WWII for tea if you happen to be one of those fine flying chaps from across the pond!!).  

Then it’s “scramble, scramble, scramble” to the aircraft for your sortie over the selected Blighty airfields.  Depending on your departing routing, targeted airfields include:

RAF BruntingthorpeActivated by USAF Strategic Air Command in 1957 for bringing into the UK 43 x B47 Stratojet Bombers.
RAF / USAF Barford St JohnRAF bomber command station then since cold war a USAF communications centre
RAF Long MarstonOpened in 1941 and closed in 1958, home to 24 Operational Training Unit. Hawker Hurricanes and Tomahawks provided simulated attacks against OTU aircraft so teach the OTU crews how to defend the aircraft.
RAF Morton-in-MarshWWII base for 21 Operational Training Unit, training Wellington bomber crews for sevice in the Middle East. Also particpated German in leaflet drops.
RAF PershoreIn the 1960’s it was used by V-Force's airborne nuclear deterrent, to practice sudden scrambles in a streamed take-off of 3 x V-bombers after the 3 minute warning of nuclear attack on the UK.
RAF / USAF Upper HeyfordOpened in world war one, then a training facility in world war two, then home to USAF Strategic Air Command in 1950 with B50 bombers, then RB-36’s and B52 and even U2 spy plane’s amoungst others.
RAF WescottHome Rocket Propulsion Establishment. So secret that it was not marked on Ordnance Survey maps.
RAF SywellSetup as a repair station to 1,841 of the RAF's Wellington bombers. Also used for flight testing of some 260 Lancaster Mk 2 four engined bombers. Nowadays one of best preserved operational WW2 airfields.
RAF GaydonRAF Gaydon opened in 1942 and is known for its role during the Cold War, when it was under the control of RAF Bomber Command as it was the first Royal Air Force (RAF) station to receive the Vickers Valiant when No. 138 Squadron RAF re-formed here in 1955.
MOD KinetonClosely linked to Gaydon, MOD Kineton is still operational as Europe's largest ammunition's store. Rumoured through the cold war to be a main nuclear warhead store and a intricate above and underground railway system.
RAF BicesterUsed at the starting point of the RAF in 1918 as a training facility and continuing that role through WW2 it was transformed into a state-of-the-art bomber station. In 1990's the site became part of Operation Desert Storm with the USAF deploying numbers of medical staff in anticipation of a large numbers of casualties.

Through the operation  you may even catch sight of one or two of the famous “V” bombers used within the 3 minute warnings of nuclear attack.  If your routing takes you into the sector then keep an eye on Blenheim Palace which at the start of WWII the main staff of the Secret Intelligence Service and MI5 where moved into.

The decommissioned airfields still have a variety, runaways, hangars, bunkers, communications masts, control tower and even cold war aircraft.  All of which are of special interest to the foreign forces.

Once you return to base try to remap suspected spy plane bunkers with your newly acquired and vital image intelligence from your photo reconnaissance.  A chat and cup of tea with a real-life intelligence and security operative and maybe a few Iraq war stories.

Depending on your day or base of operations you can finish your experience with access to the airfield museum (Sundays) or a look over the Cold War Vulcan Bomber (Saturdays).

A truly unique introductory flying experience and educational tour over some of the aircraft and sights that secretly made Britain great and an aviation force.  We hope you will enjoy every minute of this aviation experience which has been put together by actual ex intelligence and security operatives.