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RAF Mildenhall Closure?

Old 12th Aug 2018, 17:56
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Two KC135s airborne this morning from Mildenhall to refuel a B-1B over southwest England. Would this be feasible from a German base on a Sunday morning ?
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Old 12th Aug 2018, 21:01
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According to the RIAT show programme, the USAF plan to move their RC135's to Fairford. As Waddington seems to be unsuitable for Rivet Joint to use with full fuel, one suspects the RAF fleet will follow.Looking back to the 1980's part of the European tanker task force was based there so it hardly takes a genius to figure out that a couple of TDY tankers could join the aircraft there - there's plenty of ramp space.

Harking back to Greenham Common, this was originally mooted as the base for the TTF in the 80's. That was until the locals got uppity and started a 'keep it quiet/closed'
protest. Then HMG 'suddenly noticed' that a certain government facility just down the road, making things that go bang, was right under the flight path. This gave them an honourable out to move the nasty noisy jets to Fairford.

What goes around, comes around......
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Old 12th Aug 2018, 21:04
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According to the RIAT show programme, the USAF plan to move their RC135's to Fairford. As Waddington seems to be unsuitable for Rivet Joint to use with full fuel, one suspects the RAF fleet will follow. That two year closure, and massive investment in rebuilding Waddingto's runway looks like money well spent. Looking back to the 1980's part of the European tanker task force was based there so it hardly takes a genius to figure out that a couple of TDY tankers could join the aircraft there. They've been doing USAF based rotations to Geilenkirchen for many year, so a precedent is already set, plus there's plenty of ramp space at Fairford.

Harking back to Greenham Common, this was originally mooted as the base for the TTF in the 80's. That was until the locals got uppity and started a 'keep it quiet/closed'
protest. Then HMG 'suddenly noticed' that a certain government facility just down the road, making things that go bang, was right under the flight path. This gave them an honourable out to move the nasty noisy jets to Fairford.

What goes around, comes around......
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Old 13th Aug 2018, 19:59
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All this talk that Greenham Common would have made a good airport or a tanker base. Take a look at a map, there is a little place called Aldermaston Nuclear bomb factory off one end of the main runway, and a little place called Newbury off the other. It was never going to happen. Good for a few days a year as a major airshow venue and that was it.
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Old 14th Aug 2018, 07:27
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Such was the noise sensitivity at Greenham Common that my QFI's request for a training GCA approach was refused due to 'noise abatement restrictions'.

We were in a Chipmunk doing my PIFG course!
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Old 14th Aug 2018, 08:07
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Originally Posted by pr00ne View Post
All this talk that Greenham Common would have made a good airport or a tanker base. Take a look at a map, there is a little place called Aldermaston Nuclear bomb factory off one end of the main runway, and a little place called Newbury off the other. It was never going to happen. Good for a few days a year as a major airshow venue and that was it.
too true

what is worse is that the real bomb factory at Burghfield is also prety much on the approach. Aldermaston is the R&D facility... and bloody frightening it looks.....
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