There was more than one runway at Burtonwood, the M62 only ran along the longest of them. The RAF used the base for many years for training flights, ( many people must remember the air cadets gliders swooping over them, just over the m62 on landings, and the traffic that used to stop at the side of the moterway to watch them landing, cannot see that happening nowadays)
Ringo wrote:Remember it is a fact that the USAF used this site to store these weapons.
Where have you seen this fact? I may be wrong, but I cannot say I have ever read anything official to say that they did store nuclear stuff at Burtonwood, I know in the later 1970s and early 1980s there were many protests at the site concerning missiles and the US being in the UK with nuclear stuff, I always thought the people were miss-guided in thinking that there was anything ever held at Burtonwood, not that I ever really searched on the subject, but as far as I was concerned, the place was for storage of parts, foods, vehicles, fuels, clothes stores etc etc, the warehouse as I heard was the largest single building area / roofed warehouse in the UK at one point.
I remember one particular morning, riding to Warrington from Burtonwood on a bike, 5:00am in the morning, very dark morning, and in really thick fog, I knew the road well, but even so, I was riding along the middle fo the road, just following the white line and cats eyes, no cars were ever out at that time, so i was kinda bombing along (parden the pun), I started to hear voices in the fog, couldnt place where the chants were coming from, they got loader and loader, then all of the sudden, i rode head long, full spead through what seemed like 200 protesters all stood outside the main number 13 gate, the main entrance to the storage facility, people were stodd all over the road, and amazingly i went straight through the lot of them, without hitting a single one, at the time, i didnt realise what was going on, it was only at work while telling everyone what had happened, that someone informed me about the protesters.
so to your questions...1. How would the USAF fill all of storage facility without locals seeing lorry's coming and going on a regular basis?
The storage facility was filled at first by lorry, and transport plane, then also by train, but the trainline came on vai warrington, above ground.. I would think that the basis for the storage facility was I thing partly an extension to the existing facility due to the Berlin airlift, when Burtonwood was used massively, to transport goods into Berlin when it was blockaded in 1948/49.2. Why store Nuclear weapons there when there was a facility at RAF Station Greenham Common?
I don't think they ever did store them at Burtonwood, maybe I am wrong, I am sure someone will find something to say otherwise if I am, as far as I amconcerned, in its later years, especially post M62 construction, most everything that went in and out of Burtonwood storage did so of Rail or Road, I have seen trains going past winwick, full end to end with military vehicles, which I presumed were going to Burtonwood, and many people must remember the car parking areas just inside the fence off the Burtonwood road, being full of vehicles, nose to tail, side by side, with no space at all to even slide between one to the other.3. Why did RAF Burtonwood exist for a further 30 years without a runway. (Surely it made sense to move storage of goods to a base with a runway)
It was always a shadow of its former self after theM62 wasbuilt along the main runway, it wasmostly just helecopters going in and out, and lighter aircraft onto what was left of the runways, dacota sized, no larger, then there was also the training and cadet school, which made good use of the clear airspace, It was always a nice afternoons entertainment to go sit and watch them training, you could hear the instructor swearing at the lads as they flew overhead, warning them to land carefully, wings level, and don't bounce.
Many Navy places exist without water at all, so I don't see RAF Burtonwood existing with a main runway less as being an issue..