Twin Bases - RAF Bentwaters, RAF Woodbridge

RAF Bentwaters - Technical Site

3 October 2001



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Building 599.
The brick outhouse wherein worked Sergeant Ronald Burrell.
The brown free-standing sign has been hacked down.

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Building 599.
Same outhouse with Wantisden Church in the background, just through the fence that could, apparently, be jumped by airmen...

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Building 599.
Close-up with the building number sign and Wantisden Church.




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This building is in the heart of the wooded dispersal area.  Very modern building, with what looks like presentation, briefing or training facilities. David Galvan has the details... "510th AMU (Aircraft Maint. Unit) and Sq. Operations (Fighter Ops).  In 1992 further work took place. Because it had been funded in prior year budgets, the work had to take place. Some sort of microwave equipment whose purpose was unknown to me."

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In a building adjacent to the one above, in the wooded dispersal area, I saw this artwork through a window. The top version is "as it was" but the bottom version is a manually-created composite of three zoomed-in shots, to get better detail.

David Galvan added:
"The bald eagles bracketing the A-10 is in the 510th Operations bldg."

Eileen Blanchard added, in December 2005:
"I was just looking at the BW site and the sections on "Dispersal" pictures of the secret filming location. I noticed a couple pictures of birds that were painted and viewed from the outside of the 510th Operations building. Well, I worked in the 510 th Fighter Squadron operations building from 1991-1993 as a young admin airman. I believe that what are labeled as eagles, were in fact our sqaudron mascot - the 510th Buzzards. I know that it is a small detail, but I was happy to see my old squadron mentioned. I have such happy memories of working at BW and the 510th. Thanks for all that you do!
Eileen Blanchard


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One of the possible future uses of the dispersal area. Holiday homes. This is a demo unit.



K9, Sign and Tower

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Very overgrown in front now but looking through the windows and around the back where the exercise compound is, it is obvious what this was. K-9. And to prove it, the brown paint is peeling to reveal a large K9 painted on the wall.

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There are many FOD signs dotted about the base. This one was in particularly good condition, and in good light, near the shuttle bus stop by the bag nasty.

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A beautifully sunny day, in early October. Probably the best shot I have yet taken of the recently re-painted Control Tower and adjoining bird scare unit Nissen hut.

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