Star Wars film set, RAF Greenham Common

This location was used for the filming of Star Wars I have included a picture which was taken (not by me) whilst the filming was happening.

“Royal Air Force Greenham Common or RAF Greenham Common is a former Royal Air Force Station in Berkshire, England. The airfield was southeast of Newbury, Berkshire about 55 miles (89 km) west of London.

Opened in 1942, it was used by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Airforce during the Second World War and the United States Air Force during the Cold War. After the Cold War ended, it was closed in 1993.

The airfield was also known for the Greenham Common Woman’s Peace Camp held outside its gates in the 1980s. In 1997 Greenham Common was designated as public parkland.

An episode of BBC’s Top Gear was filmed at the abandoned airbase, with Jeremy Clarkson and James May attempting to find out if communism had produced a good car.

Beyonce used the airbase to film scenes for her 2013 self-titled visual album.

Greenham Common airbase was used as a filming location for the 2015 film Star wars: The Force Awakens. The silo area was used as the location for the above ground Resistance base on the fictional planet D’Qar.”

There are about ten of these massive bunkers and nearly all of them were empty apart from a few which contained boxes of aircraft engines and a few containers which had been welded and concreted inside the bunker. Obviously something of interest and value inside.

There are certain areas of this location where there is still obvious human activity around the massive site and there is also a large area for car storage run by a company at the rear of the site.

The Explore

I went here with another explorer and fellow car enthusiast on our way back from Castle Combe race track. We didn’t really know much about this place and probably would have never have gone and had a look apart from the fact we had to drive pretty much right past it. It took us ages to walk to the location from the nearest reasonable car park and on the way you cross the old runway, which is barely still visible and really just blends in with the surrounding fields.

You can tell the place used to be military because of the high barbed fences surrounding it and the massive fences all around. There were holes which people had made in the fence and that had been patched up again by security. After making our way through all four separate security fences we finally made it inside of the compound.

We walked around for a good couple of hours and had a look in all the bunkers. Saw no real sign of security there and was a good little explore.

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