RAF Upper Heyford bomb loads

So, this airbase is a pretty big place and there are some cool relics. Including the control centre which has some very cryptic numbers and letters on various boards around the walls. We were curious as to what they were so set about decoding the designations to try find out what they had been upto.

Turns out one board is the names of the crews that flew the missions in Operation Desert Storm,  from UH during its final days as an operation airbase. Read more about the Gulf War here.

Crew names
Crew names

Thats all interesting, but what ordnance did they actually have at Upper Heyford? We know they had nukes, but what else? This board gives some tantalising clues.

Bomb loads
Bomb Types

Lets find out what they are:

B-57 –  Tactical Nuclear Weapon (5-20 Kiloton depending on variant)*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B57_nuclear_bomb

B-61 – Variable Yield (0.3 to 340kilotons) Thermonuclear Weapon* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B61_nuclear_bomb (*NB The Little Boy bomb dropped on Hiroshima was 16kilotons and the Fatman Bomb dropped on Nagasaki was 21Kilotons.)

BDU-38 – Practice Nuclear Bomb for training https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/bdu-38.htm

MK-20 – Anti-Armour Rockeye Cluster Bomb https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/mk20.htm

MK-82 – General Purpose Bomb https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_82_bomb

MK-84 – Heavy General Purpose Bomb https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_84_bomb

Durandal – Runway Penetration Bomb https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-runway_penetration_bomb

CBU-52 – Anti-Personnel Cluster Bomb https://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/dumb/cbu-52.htm

CBU-58 – Cluster Bomb useful against flammable targets https://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/dumb/cbu-58.htm

CBU-71 – Cluster Bomb with incendiary and fragmentation action https://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/dumb/cbu-71.htm

Quite a selection of weapons available then!