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My eldest daughter & her boyfriend have moved to the Cambridge area, both are pretty keen plane spotting types having been ATC cadets and enjoyed that and been lucky enough to go to various airshows and RAF bases with the ATC. The house is about 20 - 30 minutes drive from both Lakenheath and Mildenhall and now that they are settled I was invited down to have a look at  the spotting opportunities.

We chose Mildenhall and I was a bit late getting there as my 3 hour drive turned into a 4 and a bit hour drive but we found ourselves at the western end of the runway in the Nook campsite as reccomended by various people. It was a cold day, quite overcast and got pretty dark by half past four and apart from two other lads we were the only ones there.

For a first visit it was a great success and really enjoyable and we learnt a few things, next time we ae going to try Lakenheath on a Thursday morning and then head over to Mildenhall for the afternoon.

Thanks to the Nook campsite for the location and the facilities!

A photo or two, some of these were taken at the extreme "long" end of the lens so are a little fuzzy.

 

49032879928_b9ffc7fda7.jpgMildenhall 1 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

49032879818_7d41ce9fb6.jpgMildenhall 2 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

49033382751_6d25c287b6.jpgMildenhall 4 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

49033381431_53c0649635.jpgMildenhall 5 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

49032879168_4faa2b1670.jpgMildenhall 8 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

49033604107_6936bcd36b.jpgMildenhall 11 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

49033604462_b8b10c560e.jpgMildenhall 16 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

49032877953_d302510a8a.jpgMildenhall 15 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

The Ospreys were particularly impressive, I've only seen them "up close" once before which was last year in New York when the Marines were practicing bringing the Presidet in for the UN.

 

30155278687_d8a5948ddf.jpgMV22B Osprey by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

And then finally, as a bit of an experiment, a quick little Iphone video of the RAF C17 taking off.

 

49025077112_3c0ec13bc8.jpgC 17 at Mildenhall. by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

Thanks for looking.

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Tell them to check out the Wellington pub in Feltwell. Up the road from Mildenhall near Thetford

Lots of Memorabilia. Nice pictures too. 

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I have some fond memories about that trailer along the fence... did cought a WC-135 this summer over there....

Simply love that place and i think it is a pitty that there is some water between us, otherwise i would have been there more often...

enjoy it ,...

 

cheers, Jan

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Great photos

 

I remember a few years back I was travelling back home from a job in Norfolk(somewhere) came across a layby right next to the runway (maybe the same one in the images)

Saw (and heard ) a group of F16s(I think) taking off. An experience I will never forget .Pre iPhone days though!

 

Cheers

 

Keith

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I love driving past Lakenheath each time I head to see family in Swafham.

 

Its a shame Mildenhall no longer hosts airshows now, fond memories of Airfete.

 

superb photo's as well :)

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I had the chance these past few days to nip down to the eldest's home in Cambridge and managed to get along to both Lakenheath and Mildenhall on Thursday. I was stood in the wrong place for the F15s coming back (on the shadow side of the aircraft, which explains why I was Billy no mates and everyone else was further up the road) but I got into a good spot at Mildenhall in the campsite for the Ospreys and even the MOD police came for a watch.

 

50307803316_6026b0523b.jpgF15E - 8 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50307803246_82f2480db2.jpgF15E - 7 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50307123063_69c8575399.jpgF15E - 6 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50307122318_2201924747.jpgF15E - 5 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50307122993_ac76d61b70.jpgF15E - 3 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50307802926_2cb3bb8a90.jpgOsprey - 5 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50307958087_83d04dc3cc.jpgOsprey - 4 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50307957547_43a49b2acd.jpgOsprey - 3 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50307122703_0e604d3f6f.jpgOsprey - 2 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50307957847_bd80f3b877.jpgOsprey - 1 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

And then a Herc (maybe a MC130 Combat Talon according to a very excited chap nearby) mooched around a bit.

 

50307122373_32eae85397.jpgMC130 - 2 by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

And at one point this was the weather situation

 

50307802566_3b48d04ebb.jpgWeather by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50301451148_600cdbedfd.jpgAX67 JUH by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good day out though, lots of noise!

 

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I was down there last week, here are a few from my trip. Got lucky with Runway 11 being in use for the majority of my time.

 

50505317548_676948ae47.jpgQuid 68 (1) by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50506192952_cb460c484c.jpgStrix 66 (1) by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50506032356_2ed68ab3c2.jpgStrix 68 (6) by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50505983971_b10815af93.jpgReach 809 (2) by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50505270743_4e84d22954.jpgWestern Global 189 Heavy by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50505954811_d21965c669.jpgBlue 66 (3) by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50505915316_6c7ba62d94.jpgQuid 62(3) by phil da greek, on Flickr

 

50478022926_cce414c7ba.jpgRAF Mildenhall in the sun by phil da greek, on Flickr

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Quite a variety on your second trip. Very nice

 

You might get more views by posting these on the aviation photography section

 

Andy

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