There was an air base here from 1918 through to 1994 with the last USAF F-111 leaving the base in December 1993, according to wikipedia.
Please follow the link at the bottom of this page for more history.
Upper Heyford was used in the movies ‘World War Z’ and ‘The Fourth Protocol’
This is the M40, looking North to Junction 10 and Cherwell Valley services. The village at left is Ardley which is right by the end of the runway. Follow Google map link below.