Greenham Common Bunkers
On the South West edge of the Greenham Common airfield you can still see the GAMA Site - Missile silos in which ground launched cruise missiles of the 501st tactical missile unit USAF were stored, 25th January 1989. The GAMA site (GLCM Alert and Maintenance Area) on Greenham Common is the high security area that housed the Cruise Missiles, their transporters and other support vehicles. Six hardened shelters were constructed in the early 1980's to protect the GLCMs from possible nuclear and conventional attack. Each shelter was designed to withstand a thermonuclear airburst explosion above Greenham Common and Newbury or a direct hit from a 500lb conventional bomb.
It is believed that the shelters, that stand around 10 metres high, were built with a reinforced concrete ceiling about two metres thick, below a steel plate, around three metres of sand, a further reinforced concrete slab, all covered with tonnes of soil. Each shelter had six bombproof steel doors, three at each end.
GAMA remains a very visible reminder of Greenham Common's past and the history of international conflict during the late twentieth century. It is still separated from the rest of Greenham Common by seven high-security fences.
The GAMA Site is now owned by 'A' Flying Services.
This shot is looking South from the main runway area which has now been returned to common land.