skysearcher wrote:Hi all
Snoop I dont think Sculthorpe is leased to USAF, but maintained by MoD?
Interesting article re mildenhall here http://www.airforcemag.com/MagazineArch ... inish.aspx
suggests missions slated to be re-based remain at Mildy until 2022 (currently), can anyone corroborate the end date?
Thanks in advance,
Great find with some interesting and candid thoughts from the base commander. My take on it:
- USAFE would like to keep MH open and is holding out on "irreversible" move activity for as long as they possibly can
- There's some bi-lateral "understanding" between US/UK Govts which is driving this closure, undoubtedly the DoD were looking for a base closure in Europe in advance of a stateside BRAC however the cynic in me thinks UK Govt were more than willing to see MH go as it releases new housing land they are looking for from MoD
- We have limited UK basing options for our own RJs, and the closing of so many mil airfields with nice long runways is now looking rather short sighted in my opinion.
I personally live in hope that there's a few more twists and turns in this one that just might result in MH staying open a while longer