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phildagreek

RAF Mildenhall

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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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