Greenham Common in the News

In its rich history, Greenham Common was often not short of column inches of news coverage. Here is a selection of some of the more interesting and illuminating articles on the base. A few on RAF Welford too.

Glider assembly at Greenham Common in 1944

Picture Post Magazine, March 18th 1944. This was an article on the assembly of the CG-4A at Greenham/Crookham Common

Glider workers at Greenham Common in 1944
Greenham Common's role in D Day in June 1944
Greenham Common's part in World War Two
Strategic Air Command takes over Greenham Common in 1953
B-47 Stratojets arrive at RAF Greenham Common in 1954
Airmen's inspection at Greenham Common in 1954
USAF exercise at Greenham Common in 1955
Boeing KC-97s arrive at Greenham Common in 1956
Rebuilding the runway at Greenham Common in 1956
US Army runway work at Greenham Common in 1956
Airmen mark July 4th at RAF Greenham Common in 1956
Lost aircraft search from Greenham Common in 1956
Base school at Greenham Common in 1957

Greenham Common, Dec 1957:

USAF operations at Greenham Common in 1957
USAF operations at Greenham Common in Dec 1957
Airmen at work in Greenham Common control tower in 1957
USAF Airmen on operations at Greenham Common in 1957
B-47 fire at Greenham Common in February 1958

Greenham Common, 1958:

USAF aircrew on alert at Greenham Common in 1958
USAF airmen on alert at Greenham Common in 1958
USAF airmen run to planes at Greenham Common in 1958
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USAF airmen from Greenham Common in Newbury in 1958
US Air Force airmen alerts at Greenham Common in 1958
USAF airmen work on radar at Greenham Common in 1958
USAF change of command at Greenham Common in 1961
B-47 Stratojet crash at Greenham Common in 1963
B-47 bomber crash at Greenham Common in 1963
Closure of Greenham Common

Flight of B-58 Hustler Greased Lightning to Greenham Common, Oct 1963:

B-58 Hustler arrives at Greenham Common in 1963
USAF B-58 makes record flight to Greenham Common in 1963
USAF airmen from Greenham Common parade in Newbury in 1964
Greenham Common Herald USAF base newspaper in 1964
A USAF airmen from Greenham Common recalls service at the base in 1964
Lord Porchester's work with USAF airmen at Greenham Common in 1964
A USAF airmen's service with Strategic Air Command at Greenham Common
USAF officers recall service at Greenham Common
How Greenham Common played a part in the early Cold War
USAF hand back Greenham Common to RAF in 1964
USAF officers close RAF Greenham Common in 1964
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Operation First Look at Greenham Common

Operation First Look was a major arms control exercise which ran through most of 1968 at Greenham Common. It was run to test the principles of on-site arms control verification in the upcoming Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) between the US and Soviet Union. In the event, the treaty in 1972 did not include on-site verification.

Operation First Look at Greenham Common in 1968
Operation First Look at Greenham Common 1968
Operation Flintlock at Greenham Common 1970
Colonel Blanton takes command at Greenham Common in 1971
Colonel Wilson takes command at Greenham Common in 1972
Post Center at Greenham Common 1975
F-111s arrive at Greenham Common in 1976

F-111Es from RAF Upper Heyford had a three month stay at Greenham Common in 1976.

History of Greenham Common 1978
Maj Waddell takes command at RAF Welford
TR1s at Greenham Common 1978
Helicopter exercises at Greenham Common in 1978