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RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

RAF Upper Heyford , "QRA" Quick Reaction Alert Facility "HAS" Ha

“Whispering Death” was the nick name for the F-111 fighter-bomber that were housed inside these Hardened Aircraft Shelters during the cold war in the RAF Upper Heyford, Quick Reaction Alert Facility, UK. I thought the moniker was also an apt title for this series of photographs of the military paranoia of the era. Crews sat for four hour shifts in nuclear-armed F-111 bombers, engines running in the middle of the Oxfordshire countryside ready to respond to any Soviet threat at a moments notice. The facility is the best preserved Cold War Airfield in Europe.

Reichstag building, 1930's

Reichstag building, 1930’s

Reichstag after WW2 in 1945

Reichstag after WW2 in 1945

Wrapped Reichstag, Christo, Berlin, 1995  Photo: Wolfgang Volz

Wrapped Reichstag, Christo, Berlin, 1995
Photo: Wolfgang Volz

Reichstag Dusk West Facade July 2013

Reichstag at dusk, West Facade July 2013

Reichstag West Facade July 2013

Reichstag, West Facade July 2013

Norman Fosters concept sketch for the dome design

Norman Fosters concept sketch for the dome design

New dome above the inscription: Dem deutschen Volke, meaning To the German people, on the architrave of the Reichstag Building

New dome above the inscription: Dem deutschen Volke, meaning To the German people, on the architrave of the Reichstag Building

Architectural models of early design ideas for the dome by Foster & Partners

Architectural models of early design ideas for the dome by Foster & Partners

Reichstag Dome exterior seen from the roof

Reichstag Dome exterior seen from the roof

Section through the building showing the natural ventilation system created by the dome.

Section through the building showing the natural ventilation system created by the dome.

Helical steel staircase and light sculptor inside the Reichstag Dome

Helical steel staircase and light sculptor inside the Reichstag Dome

Light sculptor inside teh Reichstag Dome

Light sculptor inside the  dome

A computerised sun-following moveable shield powered by photovoltaic cells, prevents penetration of solar heat and glare

A computerised sun-following moveable shield powered by photovoltaic cells, prevents penetration of solar heat and glare

Detail of mirrored Light Sculptor I

Detail of mirrored Light Sculptor I

Detail of mirrored Light Sculptor II

Detail of mirrored Light Sculptor II

Detail of mirrored Light Sculptor III

Detail of mirrored Light Sculptor III

Such a magnificent work or architecture this. Was one of my favourites as an architecture student so great to finally visit it for real and even better to not be in the slightest disappointed by the reality.

Contemporary images © Quintin Lake and available for publication / licensing contact me for pricing or to commission your own shoot. More from this Photoshoot

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