So, this airbase is a pretty big place and there are some cool relics. Including the control centre which has some very cryptic numbers and letters on various boards around the walls. We were curious as to what they were so set about decoding the designations to try find out what they had been upto.
Turns out one board is the names of the crews that flew the missions in Operation Desert Storm, from UH during its final days as an operation airbase. Read more about the Gulf War here.
Thats all interesting, but what ordnance did they actually have at Upper Heyford? We know they had nukes, but what else? This board gives some tantalising clues.
Lets find out what they are:
B-57 Tactical Nuclear Weapon (5-20 Kiloton depending on variant)*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B57_nuclear_bomb
B-61 Variable Yield (0.3 to 340kilotons) Thermonuclear Weapon* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B61_nuclear_bomb (*NB The Little Boy bomb dropped on Hiroshima was 16kilotons and the Fatman Bomb dropped on Nagasaki was 21Kilotons.)
BDU-38 Practice Nuclear Bomb for training http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/bdu-38.htm
MK-20 Anti-Armour Rockeye Cluster Bomb http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/mk20.htm
MK-82 General Purpose Bomb http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_82_bomb
MK-84 Heavy General Purpose Bomb http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_84_bomb
Durandal Runway Penetration Bomb http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-runway_penetration_bomb
CBU-52 Anti-Personnel Cluster Bomb http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/dumb/cbu-52.htm
CBU-58 Cluster Bomb useful against flammable targets http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/dumb/cbu-58.htm
CBU-71 Cluster Bomb with incendiary and fragmentation action http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/dumb/cbu-71.htm
Quite a selection of weapons available then!