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B2 at Mildenhall air fete

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Darren50
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B2 at Mildenhall air fete

Post by Darren50 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:01 pm

Hi, In the years before I had anything more than a casual interest in aircraft, I went with my wife, who was the fan , to the airfete twice .

At 1 or the shows, or maybe both, either 1998 or 1999, I can clearly remember a B2 flying along with an F117 if that helps with year.

My question is, did the B2 take off and land or did it just do a flypast?? The only part of the display I remember is a sort of lowish pass along the runway.

Many thanks
Darren

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Gary
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Re: B2 at Mildenhall air fete

Post by Gary » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:02 pm

Would have been 1997 or 2000, didn't appear in 1998 & 1999 was cancelled due to the bombing campaign again the Serbs

Video on YouTube have it taking off in 2000 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkyxF14_QHs

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Re: B2 at Mildenhall air fete

Post by Darren50 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:22 pm

Thanks Gary, it must have been in 1997 then as I went on 2 consequetive years. One of the years I seem to recall it rained at some point of the day.

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Re: B2 at Mildenhall air fete

Post by Londoneye » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:42 pm

93-1086 appeared in 1997.
90-0040 appeared in 2000.
These would be flypasts, as it was one of the Fairford's that it first landed, and changed crews.

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Re: B2 at Mildenhall air fete

Post by reaperops » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:41 pm

B-2A 93-1086 'Spirit of Kitty Hawk' overflew the 1997 Air Fete on the Saturday only escorted by two 493rd FS F-15C

B-2A 90-0040 'Spirit of Alaska' arrived on the Thursday prior to Air Fete 2000 and was there for the whole weekend departing
on the following Tuesday.

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Re: B2 at Mildenhall air fete

Post by H.A.Bucken » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:54 am

I remember the A.F. 2000 occasion as I'd parked just outside the temporary one-way systems and walked round to the gate near the water tower which must have been opened around 0700. We had unrestricted photo opportunities of all the heavies near to hangar 538(?) before they took down the barriers for all those in the main car-parking areas at 0830!
For reasons beyond my control that was my last visit to an Airfete; 2001 I had to return home on the Friday evening having photographed all the arrivals over the previous couple of days.
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Re: B2 at Mildenhall air fete

Post by Darren50 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:31 pm

Thanks everyone ☺ I only wish that I had taken more interest and a camera now. I don't suppose I'll ever get to see another one.

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Re: B2 at Mildenhall air fete

Post by Pauls2805 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:15 pm

I remember going to Mildenhall as a young boy for the air show. I was amazed by the Blackbird. Remember watching it take off at the end of the day. The suggestion was it was heading back to the states...

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Re: B2 at Mildenhall air fete

Post by Unknown74 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:46 pm

The F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter and B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber in 1997 and 2000 for me made up for never having seen the SR-71 Blackbird which I am disappointed about, I have however seen the SR-71 Blackbird at Duxford but it's still a shame I never saw one actually flying.

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Re: B2 at Mildenhall air fete

Post by gyvespa » Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:46 pm

Not wanting to provoke jealousy.
But the Blackbird flew over my house more than once.
Great Yarmouth had it’s positive points in the eighties.

The Air Fetes were awesome though.

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