As I was on my way to an event, I decided to leave home early and spend a few hours at RAF Mildenhall, before commencing my journey onwards.
For those of you that don’t know RAF Mildenhall, it’s the home of the 100th Air refueling wing, USAF, tanker fleet that provides air support for air operations for USAF and NATO.
Arrived early, hoping to catch some early arrivals and departures, not to be as this happened to be a quite day,
As I was parked down Folly road I was able to photograph one of the resident tankers, and a visiting Nacho tanker which had very nice tail markings, mind you the light was good at the time. It wasn’t long before I managed to photograph the only departure of the day, whilst I was there and it happened to be a visiting RAF A-330 Multi Role Tanker, (MRT) which was stationed there on Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) for the weekend, whilst some work was done on the runway at Brize Norton. shortly after that I headed of to the end of the runway hoping I would see some visiting aircraft arriving, not to be, mind you according to the locals it was at least a 3 hour wait before the next aircraft would arrive, its all part of the hobby, wait and see. It was worth the wait as it was Axis 41 that came up on the radio with its 30min call up, a EC-130E with loads of Ariel’s and lumps and bumps on the airframe which makes this a special ops aircraft, very nice to see as well as photograph.
After all that it was off to my next destination for a evening and night shoot, and whilst traveling I had time to reflect on what I had seen and photographed at the hall, I must say it may have been quite though I still managed to get a few imagies for this blog.