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Facts about Heyford Park

Heyford Park has a long and distinguished history, operating as an airbase throughout WWI, WWII and the Cold War.

  • Former RAF Flying Field during WWI
  • Home to 15,000 American Servicemen during the Cold War, until the base was decommissioned in 1993
  • Europe’s largest fighter base with 56 hardened aircraft shelters
  • One of the largest runways in the UK at nearly 2miles long
  • The airbase was designated as a conservation area by English Heritage in 2001
  • Home to a number of scheduled monuments

The unique setting of Heyford Park has attracted the imagination of Hollywood many times. Heyford has so far starred in the following films and TV dramas:

  • Octopussy (1983)
  • Children of Men (2006)
  • Tooth Fairies (2010)
  • Jack Ryan (2013)
  • Red 2 (2013)
  • Born of War (2013)
  • Fast and Furious 6 (2013)
  • World War Z (2013)
  • More Muppets 2 (2014)
  • Woman in Black 2 (2014)
  • Fortitude - Sky Atlantic Drama (2015)

From its first use by the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 through to the present day, Heyford Park has played an important role in the lives of many people. Some of those whose lives have been touched by Heyford Park include:

  • RAF and USAF Servicemen
  • The Heritage Trust
  • Over 1000 employees in the 1.3million sq.ft. Commercial Business Park
  • Members of the Heyford Park Free School – Teachers, pupils and parents
  • Residents at Heyford Park – New home purchasers and tenants
  • Heyford Park Residents' Association
  • A number of Hollywood stars, including Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis
  • The Local Community – Sponsors of the Heyford Park Community Garden, Ardley United FC, the Upper Heyford Flower Show and the Ardley & Fewcott Flower Show.