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A week at Mildenhall and Lakenheath (July/August 2019)

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A week at Mildenhall and Lakenheath (July/August 2019)

Post by Seacat192 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:19 pm

I spent from Monday 29 July until Sunday 3 August in Suffolk, photographing the comings and goings at two U.S. Air Force bases.

Monday (Lakenheath) turned out to be long day, as I stayed there for the evening arrival of the Saudi delivery flight, though the heat haze affected most of my taxying photos earlier in the day. Nice to get an Osprey making an ILS approach at LN during the afternoon:

1. ImageIMG_0061_LN_29-07-2019 by Roger, on Flickr

2. ImageIMG_0235_LN_29-07-2019 by Roger, on Flickr

3. ImageIMG_0388_LN_29-07-2019 by Roger, on Flickr

4. ImageIMG_0507_LN_29-07-2019 by Roger, on Flickr

5. ImageIMG_0632_LN_29-07-2019 by Roger, on Flickr


Tuesday was spent in Johns Field at Mildenhall:

6. ImageIMG_0818_MHL_30-07-2019 by Roger, on Flickr

7. ImageIMG_0918_MHL_30-07-2019 by Roger, on Flickr

8. ImageIMG_0983_MHL_30-07-2019 by Roger, on Flickr


Wednesday started off at Lakenheath, before heading back over to Mildenhall:

9. ImageIMG_1883_LN_31-07-2019 by Roger, on Flickr

10. ImageIMG_1925_MHL_31-07-2019 by Roger, on Flickr

11. ImageIMG_1972 by Roger, on Flickr

12. ImageIMG_2126_MHL_31-07-2019 by Roger, on Flickr


Thursday, and more of the same, with time at both airfields. First up was the dash to Lakenheath for the Saudi Retro departures - got there with a few minutes to spare:

13. ImageIMG_2191_LN_01-08-2019 by Roger, on Flickr

14. ImageIMG_2279_LN_01-08-2019 by Roger, on Flickr

15. ImageIMG_2304 by Roger, on Flickr

16. ImageIMG_2511_MHL_01-08-2019 by Roger, on Flickr

17. ImageIMG_2568_MHL_01-08-2019 by Roger, on Flickr


Friday was spent at Mildenhall:

18. ImageIMG_2786_MHL_02-08-2019 by Roger, on Flickr

19. ImageIMG_2812_MHL_02-08-2019 by Roger, on Flickr


My final day, and Saturday was more of a social event with other GRs in Johns Field with a few aircraft movements thrown in:

20. ImageIMG_3060_MHL_03-08-2019 by Roger, on Flickr

21. ImageIMG_3105 by Roger, on Flickr

22. ImageIMG_3177_MHL_03-08-2019 by Roger, on Flickr

23. ImageIMG_3196 by Roger, on Flickr



Good to meet Slogen51 for the first time, and renew friendships with the Grim Reapers Supporters over the week :thumbs: :thumbs:

Thanks for looking
Roger
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Re: A week at Mildenhall and Lakenheath (July/August 2019)

Post by TeeJay » Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:28 pm

Hi Roger

Great to see you again last week, and glad you caught some good movements.

Lovely set of pictures as a record of you week up in Suffolk :thumbs:

Saturday was a good end to the week :thumbs:

Same again next year?

All the very best

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Re: A week at Mildenhall and Lakenheath (July/August 2019)

Post by paddyboy » Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:36 pm

Hi Roger :P

Great to meet up again :thumbs:

Nos 9, 20 and 23 for me :thumb:

Thanks for posting and see you again soon :lol:

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Post by Seacat192 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:38 pm

Hi Trevor.

Good to see you as well!

Happy with the photos I got from the week. The Saudis were a nice bonus, as was the arrival of the C-146 on the Friday morning.

Hope to return again next year, but that will be decided around the end of the year!!
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Post by Seacat192 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:40 pm

Thanks Paddy.

Good to see you again too, it was a great week!
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Re: A week at Mildenhall and Lakenheath (July/August 2019)

Post by matt e » Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:48 pm

nice set,especially the Saudi Arabian F15`s

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Post by Seacat192 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:12 pm

Thanks Matt
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Post by Will24 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:42 pm

Cracking set of shots!

Sorry I couldn't get across to meet up Roger, I'm sure you heard the guys say enough about my no show!

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Post by Seacat192 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:04 pm

Hi Will

No problem at all. I think you may have been mentioned a couple of times :lol: :lol:

By the way, I think the B-52 is still there.............................. :ninja:
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Post by grumpy616 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:48 am

Hi Roger

Cracking pics, good to see you again sir.

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Post by James Cutting » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:53 am

Hi Roger,

Great set of shots as always, was good to see you again mate and have a good laugh Saturday :)

Saudis are a great set!

Take care and see you soon.
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Post by Seacat192 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:55 am

Thanks both.

It was a great week. Shame we just missed the TXs as they left Lakenheath, but I still had a great time. Good to meet up with both of you again.
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Re: A week at Mildenhall and Lakenheath (July/August 2019)

Post by slogen51 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:13 pm

Great shots and great to meet you

Are you coming east again for Waddington at the end of August for exercise Cobra flap , as someone comically called it?

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Post by Seacat192 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:38 pm

Thanks Mike.

Unfortunately, I won't be heading over.

I'd love to, but my time off work is set by my employer (I get given a list of dates when I go back after the Christmas break) and due to the distances involved, it wouldn't make getting there and back a hectic journey. Having extra time off would mean not getting any pay for that period, and my wages aren't the best).

Believe me, I'd love to be there - but it's just no feasible to do for me.
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Re: A week at Mildenhall and Lakenheath (July/August 2019)

Post by XWP29 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:12 am

Hi Roger,
A very productive week and some great variations, good to see you a couple of times :thumb:
KC10 ground shot is a cracker and the Saudi’s too, arriving in lovely light.
Seeing Paddy big game hunting in Suffolk is a rarity and lucky you didn’t get caught in the swat fire. :lol: :lol:
Keep up that good work you do, in awe of the commitment you give a really worthwhile cause. May get down to the West Country next year or sooner perhaps.
Regards Nick
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Re: A week at Mildenhall and Lakenheath (July/August 2019)

Post by Seacat192 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:21 pm

Thanks Nick.

Likewise, it was good to see you, Jo and Monty! Thanks for your comments too :thumb:

Fairly sure I felt the air swish past my ear a couple of times, when Paddy was in full flight :lol:

A few more weekends to myself, and then it's back to being a Jolly Green Giant at weekends.


Let me know when you're down around this way.

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