S.H.A.D.O. BAses

Here is a list of the main S.H.A.D.O. bases seen in UFO.

Harlington-Straker Film Studios

The Harlington-Straker Film Studios is an United Kingdom-based film and television production company that serves as the front for, and conceals, the main headquarters of S.H.A.D.O. The studios are located west of Central London. Ed Straker doubles as the Commander-in-chief of S.H.A.D.O. and as the head of the film studio. Much to Ed Straker's embarrassment, Harlington-Straker Film Studios is known to have produced two motion pictures which have become huge hits; this was a completely accidental occurrence and caused accounting problems, as armed-forces military bases are supposed to operate at a loss, not make a profit.

The Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation's "S.H.A.D.O." Headquarters
is hidden eighty feet beneath a film studio in a suburb of London named Harlington. The studio employs more than 400 people, the vast majority of whom have no idea about the secrets that are hidden in the office buildings or in some of the 13 studio buildings, much less beneath their very feet. That said, many S.H.A.D.O. Operatives do have job roles at the studio — in particular: most, if not all, the studio security personnel and construction managers are in fact S.H.A.D.O. Operatives.

Text from the UFO Novel:
Paul Foster had a lot of questions. The more he discovered, the more questions there were. But he went on learning, sometimes dogged and resentful, sometimes sizzling with impatience for the next step. He wanted to know why SHADO had to bury itself below a film studio, of all things. Surely the surroundings of an airbase, or a battle training ground, would be more appropriate - and a lot better guarded?
      ‘Guards draw attention to a place,’ said Alec Freeman patiently. ‘And spies. And demonstrators, every now and then. We like it the way it is. Can you think of a better camouflage than a film company? Any time we need complex equipment or anything really way out, we just wheel it in. The bigger and stranger the load that comes in through the gates, the more the locals shrug their shoulders and say it’s just those maniacs at Harlington-Straker getting involved in another expensive flop.’
      ‘And we specialize in flops?’
      ‘Twice we made a profit.’ Freeman’s jaw acquired a couple of extra, temporary, good-humoured creases. ‘Two terrible films - I swear it, really terrible. And they went over big at the box office. Commander Straker was furious.’
      ‘I don’t get it.’
      ‘There’s no way of accounting for a financial profit in military estimates. It just doesn’t happen! They give us a grant, after months of wrangling - and we come up with a dividend. Very embarrassing. But less risky than the chance of someone on an airfield or an ordnance depot showing off to some girlfriend in the village, or even talking in his sleep when the bloke in the next bed is listening.’
      ‘You mean even the military don’t really know the full story?’
      ‘I mean we get a handpicked few working with us, and others wondering what the blazes we’re up to. We get big allocations, we report to no more than half a dozen big boys with a great mass of gold braid... and even then they only know roughly what our policy is. We can’t trust‘ em. They’re only human.’
      ‘And you... me... the Commander... ?’
      ‘I talk myself into believing I’m human, now and then,’ said Freeman. ‘Or anyway, near enough human not to be... ’
      ‘Not to be what?’
      ‘Alien.’
      ‘It sounds like a dirty word.’
      ‘Until someone gives us reason to think otherwise, it’s dirty. They come in here blasting and killing and... and somehow getting into our minds. Using us - or maybe preparing to use us.’
      ‘How?’
      ‘We’ve spent ten years trying to find out. Maybe, Foster, you’ll be able to help us.’
Paul Foster said a silent ‘Yessir’ and went on learning.

SHADO Headquarters is hidden eighty feet beneath a film studio in the suburbs of London. The studio employs more than 400 people, the vast majority of whom have no idea what secrets are hidden in the office buildings or in some of the 13 studio buildings, much less beneath their feet. That said, many SHADO operatives do have jobs at the studio — in particular: most, if not all, the studio security personnel and construction managers are in fact SHADO operatives.

While the Harlington-Straker Film Production company is notable for its long list of spectacular box-office flops and high-budget television series, the studio also leases studio space to other production companies for filming commercials and other projects.

NB: Who, what or where is "Harlington?" However, in the UFO episode "E.S.P." Commander Straker is sent an envelope with a script containing full and detailled information about SHADO and its personnel from John Croxley, with Harlington seen as part of the actual address. There are three communities named Harlington in England, however, the "Harlington" of Harlington-Straker Film Studios is most probably geographic location of the studio, rather than the name of any individual with whom Straker supposedly entered into a business partnership in order to help conceal SHADO's operations.

The address of the Harlington-Straker Film Studios as established in the UFO episode: E.S.P.

Mr. Ed Straker,

Harlington-Straker Film Studios,
Harlington West,
Wessex.

Episodes: All.

BACKGROUNDER:
Establishing the main character and principal location as the chief executive of a movie studio was a cost-saving move by the UFO producers: the Harlington-Straker Studio was the actual studio where the series was being filmed, originally the MGM-British Studios and later Pinewood Studios - although the Harlington-Straker studio office block seen throughout the series was actually Neptune House, a building at the former British National Studios in Borehamwood that was owned by ATV (Associated Television, an independent television company founded in 1956 and replaced in 1981 by Central Television). Pinewood's studio buildings and streetscapes were used extensively in later episodes, particularly "Timelash" and "Mindbender" — the latter featuring scenes that show the behind-the-scenes workings of the UFO sets, when Ed Straker briefly finds himself hallucinating that he is an actor in a TV series and all his S.H.A.D.O. colleagues are likewise actors. In "The Man Who Came Back", the main set for 'The Devils', then in production at Pinewood, can be seen in the background of several scenes.

S.H.A.D.O. Headquarters

S.H.A.D.O. Headquarters is the nerve center which transmits orders and receives status from all of the other S.H.A.D.O. facilities and vehicles around the world. This lead-lined underground complex is secretly hidden 80ft beneath the Harlington-Straker Film Studio somewhere near London England. It has a main control room with a bank of computers and is manned by communications operatives and computer technicians. Commander Straker's office is also here, plus he has an above-ground "film executive" office which is also a secured elevator to the lower SHADO Complex.

S.H.A.D.O. is classified above Top Secret and answering to only a special commission of the UNSC (United Nations Security Council). S.H.A.D.O.'s top-secret mission is to defend an otherwise defenseless Earth against an invasion of technologically superior (aliens) extraterrestrials. The agenda of the aliens' is unknown, but appears that they covet Earth's resources — biological resources: living human bodies.  S.H.A.D.O. was chartered in 1970, and operationally active in 1980, S.H.A.D.O. recruits the best of the best from all nations and possesses the most sophisticated array of military and communications technology ever assembled for a single purpose on Earth.

Episodes:
All.

S.H.A.D.O. Moonbase

Moonbase is S.H.A.D.O.'s second largest installation and is located on the surface of the Moon. Moonbase is primarily used as base for the Interceptors, and is staffed by a Moonbase Commander, space trackers, Interceptor pilots, and technicians. It has five main spheres and a central area connected by corridors. It also has a launch pad and tower for the Lunar Module which transports personnel and cargo to and from Earth.

In the UFO episode "Survival" it is shown that Moonbase is in the Mare Imbrium, the northeast part of it shown on the map that Colonel Foster and the alien study while they were stranded on the surface. The map is a real one.

Episodes: All except Court Martial, Confetti Check A-OK, Sub-Smash, The Psychobombs, Timelash, The Long Sleep.

NAMES.H.A.D.O. Bases and Vehicles
S.H.A.D.O. HeadquartersS.H.A.D.O. Headquarters is the nerve center which transmits orders and receives status from all of the other S.H.A.D.O. facilities and vehicles around the world. This underground complex is secretly hidden beneath a film studio somewhere near London England. Has a main control room with a bank of computers and is manned by communications operatives and computer technicians. Commander Straker's office is also here, plus he has an above-ground "film executive" office which doubles as a giant elevator!

Episodes: All.
MoonbaseS.H.A.D.O.'s second largest installation is located on the surface of the Moon. This is primarily used a base for the Interceptors, and is staffed by a Moonbase Commander, space trackers, Interceptor pilots, and technicians. It has five main spheres and a central area connected by corridors. It also has a launch pad and tower for the Lunar Module which transports personnel and cargo to and from Earth.

Episodes: All except Court Martial, Confetti Check A-OK, Sub-Smash, The Psychobombs, Timelash, The Long Sleep.
UFOThe main Alien craft is capable of travelling several times the speed of light. It spins rapidly while in flight, and is armed with some sort of destructive energy beam. Each craft seems to hold one or two Aliens. For some reason, it cannot stay in the Earth's atmosphere longer than a few days, otherwise it overheats and explodes. In the bottom of the craft is a small escape pod.

Episodes: All except Court Martial, Confetti Check A-O.K., Sub-Smash.
SIDThe name SID is short for "Space Intruder Detector", SID is a satellite in Earth orbit which detects and tracks UFO's. It provides the first warning of a UFO approaching from deep space, and can also track UFO's flying in the Earth's atmosphere. It provides targeting coordinates for the Moonbase Interceptors and Sky fighters, and communicates with Moonbase and S.H.A.D.O. HQ using a monotone voice. Voice of SID: Mel Oxley

Episodes: All except Survival, Conflict, Court Martial, Confetti Check A-OK, The Psychobombs, Timelash, Mindbender, The Long Sleep.
Moonbase InterceptorsThese are the first line of defense against incoming UFO's. Housed in silos near Moonbase, there are three of these, each with a single missile. They have a single seat, and the pilots access them via chutes in the Moonbase leisure sphere. The Interceptors are then elevated to ground level and launch. They cannot operate within the Earth's atmosphere.

Episodes: All except Court Martial, Confetti Check A-OK, Sub-Smash, The Psychobombs, Timelash, The Long Sleep.
SkyDiverSubmarine in the Earth's oceans, used for transporting the Sky One jet fighter (docked in the front) or investigating underwater UFO wreckage. Holds a crew of about 6, including a Captain which pilots the fighter. SkyDiver then angles upwards 45 degrees prior to launching the fighter. There is a fleet of at least 4 SkyDivers (called "SkyDiver One", etc.). They are armed with missiles, and nuclear-powered.

Episodes: Identified, Computer Affair, Flight Path, Exposed, Conflict, A Question of Priorities, Ordeal, The Responsibility Seat, Close Up, Sub-Smash, Destruction, The Psychobombs, Reflections in the Water.
Sky OneJet fighter craft for destroying UFO's in the Earth's atmosphere or performing aerial reconnaissance. Launched from SkyDiver. Has a single seat, and is piloted by the Skydiver captain. Armed with missiles which are located underneath each wing. Sky One is launched from Skydiver One, and there is also a "Sky Two", "Sky Three", etc. for each SkyDiver in the fleet.

Episodes: Identified, Computer Affair, Flight Path, Exposed, Conflict, A Question of Priorities, Ordeal, The Responsibility Seat, Sub-Smash, The Sound of Silence, Destruction, The Man Who Came Back, The Psychobombs, Reflections in the Water, Mindbender.
SHADO MobilesTank-like all-terrain vehicles used for locating and dealing with landed UFO's on Earth. These seat at least two in the front, and have a cargo area in the back. There are at least four Mobiles, one which has a command post in the cargo area. They are armed with turret guns on the top, and are transported to an approximate location by transport planes or trucks.

Episodes: Computer Affair, Flight Path, A Question of Priorities, The Square Triangle, E.S.P., The Sound of Silence, The Psychobombs, Mindbender.
Ed Straker's SHADO carCommander Straker's personal automobile has powered gull-wing doors and is bronze-colored. Has a built-in car phone and an intruder alarm which notifies S.H.A.D.O. HQ in case of an emergency.

Episodes: All except The Dalotek Affair, The Square Triangle, Reflections in the Water.
Paul Foster's SHADO carColonel Foster's personal car has powered gull-wing doors and is lilac-colored.

Episodes: Identified, Computer Affair, Flight Path, Survival, Exposed, Ordeal, The Square Triangle, Court Martial, E.S.P., Kill Straker, The Sound of Silence, The Cat With Ten Lives, The Man Who Came Back, The Psychobombs, The Long Sleep.
SHADO JeepsSix-wheeled jeeps used for transportation at and around S.H.A.D.O. HQ. Capable of carrying more people and cargo than those sleek gull-winged cars!

Episodes: All except Survival, The Dalotek Affair, A Question of Priorities, Mindbender.
Lunar ModuleThe Lunar Module is used for trips between the Earth and Moon, the Lunar Module is responsible for the portion of flight in space. It separates/docks at the rear of the Lunar Carrier plane high in the atmosphere. The module performs a vertical takeoff/landing at Moonbase. It seats at least two people, and presumably has a cargo area for transporting supplies.

Episodes: Computer Affair, Flight Path, Survival, Conflict, The Dalotek Affair, A Question of Priorities, Close Up, Kill Straker, The Cat With Ten Lives, The Man Who Came Back, Reflections in the Water.
Lunar CarrierThe Lunar Carrier is used for trips between the Earth and Moon, the Lunar Carrier is responsible for the portion of flight within the Earth's atmosphere. The Lunar Module separates/docks at the rear of the carrier high in the atmosphere. The carrier performs vertical takeoff/landing at an airport near S.H.A.D.O. HQ.

Episodes: Computer Affair, Flight Path, Survival, Conflict, Close Up, The Cat With Ten Lives.
Moon MobilesThe Moon Mobiles are housed at Moonbase, these are used for local transportation on the lunar surface, handy for investigating UFO wreckage, visiting other lunar bases, etc. There are at least two of them, each which seat at least two people. They glide above the lunar surface like a hovercraft, and are armed with missiles.

Episodes: Flight Path, Survival, The Dalotek Affair, Ordeal, The Responsibility Seat, Mindbender.
Moon Mobile Rocket LaunchersTank-like vehicles which defend Moonbase from UFO attacks. These are rarely seen, and presumably were built after S.H.A.D.O. had been operational for a while. There are at least two of them, they seem to be unmanned, and fire missiles from a rotating turret on top.

Episodes: The Cat With Ten Lives, Reflections in the Water.