Twin Bases - RAF Bentwaters, RAF Woodbridge


RAF Bentwaters - Weapons Storage Area (a.k.a. Bomb Dump), Weapons Inspection


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WSA - Weapons Storage Area, RAF Bentwaters, October 2001

That picture of the hot row is the hot row, that is what we called it in 1981-82.
1. Could this be what is informally known as "hot row?" I think so...  but I heard that people working there never called it that.  However, on 15 July 2003, I received the following anonymous (presumably for security reasons) email: "That picture of the hot row is the hot row, that is what we called it in 1981-82. The view is from the AFTF towards the SPCCDs tower."

 

Inside one of the smaller blast-proofed storage units on the right of the picture above.
2. Inside one of the smaller blast-proofed storage units on the right of the picture above.

 

Another shot of the inside of the smaller storage units in "Hot Row".
3. Another shot of the inside of the smaller storage units in "Hot Row".

 

Weapons Inspection Building

Nuclear weapons (ammo) hoist.
4. In case you didn't know what was being lifted by the hoist, there's a sign on the wall to help you!

 

An office in the Weapons Inspection building.
5. I THINK this is an office in the Weapons Inspection building but it might be elsewhere in the WSA.
Did you work here?

 

This art work is on the floor of the Weapons Inspection building.
6. This art work is on the floor of the Weapons Inspection building.

 

Wall art - the picture gives an indication of the type of weapons being inspected here.
7. Wall art - the picture gives an indication of the type of weapons being inspected here... but, as David Galvan comments, "Regardless of drawing (looking like a nuclear detonation), the A-10 has no nuclear capability."

 

Wall art - a 'warthog' weapons inspector.
8. Wall art - a 'warthog' weapons inspector.
Can anybody tell me what the 'warthog' is holding in his left hand?
And what is the significance of the grey box to his right (our left)?
We have the complete and comprehensive answer, see below.

From Randy R. Pischel rpischel(a)NICAO-ONLINE.ORG
In the WSA picture section I know what the warthog is holding and what the box means - I was there when that mural was painted!
He's holding a magnifying glass because he is an inspector.
The other item is an inspector's stamp. The inspector's stamp is always a triangle and in it is the inspector's number. Whenever an inspector looks an item over he stamps the paperwork with his stamp, and there is also a duplicate press-stamp for stamping lead seals.  These are sometimes decorated by the individual so they can pick their stamp out of the lockbox easily, hence the skull and feathers.
When any item is inspected the corner of the box is painted black.
Note the box is just a generic inspected box with the corner painted black.
When you pull an item for use you are supposed to pull the "black corners" boxes first as you know they have been inspected.


 

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