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RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by Unknown74 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:54 am

Just wondered wether they had considered Ospreys and Hercs - Special Ops, to Lakenheath? Once Mildenhall closed? - Is there room?

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by MRTT » Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:51 pm

Very much doubt it, with the F-35s due to arrive in the not too distant future.

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by RJ79 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:52 pm

I think with the extra squadron of F-35's and the additional transiting traffic (I assume they will get a fair bit of what Mildenhall had in Tankers and Airlifters) it will be close to bursting. There was a piece in the local paper a while back saying that it will be close to a 24/7 base when Mildenhall does eventually close up.
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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by tm74sqn » Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:08 pm

Unknown74 wrote:Just wondered wether they had considered Ospreys and Hercs - Special Ops, to Lakenheath? Once Mildenhall closed? - Is there room?
They are to be based in Germany.

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by Sparkvark » Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:58 am

"They are to be based in Germany."

Not if the Germans have anything to say about it, Locals are defenitely not happy with the amount of extra movements.......

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by paddyboy » Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:33 pm

Apparently, they are even less happy about the low flying :O
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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by baz1 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:57 pm

and I don't think Trump likes the Germans!

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by Nighthawke » Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:28 pm

The feeling's probably mutual :P

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by welshandy » Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:02 pm

BBC news item on the incident that has happen today(reported elsewhere on here) has the following( Apologies if mentioned before). "The US Air Force said in September it was delaying plans to relocate operations to a base in Germany until 2024."

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by skysearcher » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:11 pm

The RQS is getting ready to leave LK soon huh ... https://www.dvidshub.net/image/4122595/ ... ver-aviano

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by andrewn » Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:45 pm

Very little news on MH closure recently. Does anyone have any updates?

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by Featherstone82 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:09 pm

Does anyone know if the RC-135’s are still moving to Fairford?

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by Spitfire88 » Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:37 pm

Featherstone82 wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:09 pm
Does anyone know if the RC-135’s are still moving to Fairford?
They sure are.

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by Spitfire88 » Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:37 pm

andrewn wrote:
Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:45 pm
Very little news on MH closure recently. Does anyone have any updates?
Still happening but delayed untill 2024

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by filmman » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:52 pm

Has anyone heard if Mildenhall's closure is later than 2024/or not at all; I increasingly doubt closure. The Germans don't like noisy Ospreys, they might prefer to delay tankers until the KC 135 replacement and Trump was not their flavor of the month even before the "Trade War". The German Government, a stitched up group of disparate parties, appears to be disintegrating making agreement less likely. Meanwhile there is still the problem of RC135/Lakenheath arrester cables or the cost of upgrading Fairford might well exceed the refurbishment of Mildenhall; their also running out of bases.
Coincidently Fairford's DOD base manager is being replaced with a Lt Colonel and Trump today announced a military space force. Remember the NASA Space Shuttle was partly funded by DOD, flew military payloads and Fairford was a shuttle diversion runway.
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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by Dan423 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:10 am

Last briefing I attended was told that 2024 is still the estimated date for moving out of Mildenhall.

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by Spitfire88 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:30 am

2 squadrons moving to fairford as requested by the USAF last week are the 95th and the 488th just waiting for official approval by HM government. Fairford upgrade obviously very much a go and on track.

USAF also spending another 100 million on fairford installing a DABS warehouse and new bomb dumps on base.

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by tm74sqn » Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:57 pm

DABS ? Dynamic AirBlast Simulator ??

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by G4UMW » Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:02 pm

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Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Post by NAW » Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:04 pm

Today's news is that the Trump Administration is doing a study to reduce or even withdraw the US military presence in Germany and instead building up more military presence in Poland. The subject will be on the agenda of the forthcoming NATO summit. Perhaps another chance to keep Mildenhall in the active US-inventory...

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