Where is RAF Fairford?
RAF Fairford is in the south central region of the UK in an area
known as the Cotswolds, approximately 100 miles west of the
capital London, 40 miles south of Oxford, 15 miles north of
Swindon and 5 miles north of Cirencester. The Cotswolds are a
hilly region where the local stone has influenced building
design over the centuries and provided visitors with picture
landscapes to see. RAF Mildenhall and Lakenheath, the two larger
USAF bases in the UK, are about a 2 and a half hour drive away
and RAF Croughton is about an hour’s drive.
Why come to RAF Fairford?
People who’ve been here before have said that deployments to RAF
Fairford let you join a small but highly effective team where
everyone gets involved in a bit of everything. Its not un-common
for people to do more than their designated trade area and wear
‘multiple hats’, taking up opportunities that just wouldn’t be
open to them on larger bases.
RAF Fairford has at the most 500 Americans based and living in
the area, sufficient to make the local community feel and enjoy
your presence but not enough to make them feel over-powered by
Americans and lose interest in your residence. You’ll find the
local shops and pubs, just minutes walk from the base, welcome
you and feel proud to be your hosts.
Seeing England couldn’t be easier once you’re at Fairford.
Almost all of the major sights that people think up when they
think of England are within a 90 minute drive of the base, many
are much closer. Oxford, Stratford, London, Stonehenge and
Cambridge are just some of the popular destinations, all of
which are a simple drive or train journey away.