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Bentwaters Parks, Woodbridge

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Royal Air Force Bentwaters or more simply RAF Bentwaters, now known as Bentwaters Parks, is a former Royal Air Force station about northeast of London and east-northeast of Ipswich, near Woodbridge, Suffolk in England. Its name was taken from two cottages (‘Bentwaters Cottages’) that had stood on the site of the main runway during its construction in 1943.
It was used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Second World War, and by the United States Air Force (USAF) during the Cold War, being the primary home for the 81st Fighter Wing under various designations from 1951 to 1993. For many years the 81st Fighter Wing also operated RAF Woodbridge, with Bentwaters and Woodbridge airfields being known by the Americans as the "Twin Bases".
RAF Bentwaters is also near the location for the alleged December 1980 UFO incident in Rendlesham Forest.
The site is now known as Bentwaters Parks. The Bentwaters Cold War Museum is located on the site, there are offices and warehouses, and the site is also used for television and film making.
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  • Been twice this year , first time was to visit the museum , second time was a guided tour of the airfield. Both were fantastic , the guided tour took about 4 hours and we've walked about 5 miles...  more »
  • Was at the vw retro dub at weekend for charity the whole place was buzzing lots of vw vehicles of all ages lots customised good around event looking forward to next year  more »
  • Lots of history here, cold War museum, well worth a visit. Great dinner just next door. They do a great all day breakfast and some great specials.
  • Fascinating place, now looks deserted cause its so big,I have to smile cause many years ago I worked on RAF Woodbridge and Bentwaters when the Americans where there. Now that was an experience and another story. !
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