During March of 2003 I was fortunate enough to travel to RAF Mildenhall three times to spend a total of seven days outside the fence photographing the transient aircraft to and from the Gulf. The large number of Starlifter-movements clearly being the main reason for the journey. Below is a photographic overview of a busy Mildenhall in March.

VPU-1 P-3C Orion code 206 on finals

A VPU-1 Orion landing. I saw it twice: on 10 and 23 March.

This picture taken on 23 March

A Kansas ANG KC-135E on the overrun

A Kansas ANG KC-135E on the overrun of runway 11.

23 March 2003

This Pennsylvania ANG Stratotanker is seen on its parkingspot.

23 March 2003

A PA ANG KC-135E basking in the sunshine

Early in the morning a C-141C wearing Andrews AFRC markings on the runway 11 overrun.

1 March 2003

Andrews C-141C taking the overrun runway 11
Two Youngstown C-130's ready for departure

Two Youngstown C-130's ready for departure.

12 March 2003

Not going anywhere for a while? Parked up E-8 in Mildenhall's "Spy Corner"

One of the two E-8 J-Stars parked in the "Spy Corner".

12 March 2003

Two U.S Navy C-20's on a single day.

10 March 2003

Hardstands near Folly Road were used to park C-141's. This one is from March.

23 March 2003

U.S Navy C-20G on finals for runway 29 452 AMW C-141C parked on a hardstand near Folly Road
A smoking RC-135 on finals

A smoking RC-135 on finals for runway 11.

1 March 2003

No, this C-17A wasn't photographed at Frankfurt, we're still at The Hall!

1 March 2003

Frankfurt? No! Mildenhall!

Two Keflavik based HH-60's flew missions from Mildenhall.

22 March 2003

A DM-coded EC-130H about to depart RAF Mildenhall.

12 March 2003

HH-60G coming in late afternoon EC-130H departing RAF Mildenhall
'Keeper of the Plains' KC-135R about to land at The Hall

A 22ARW KC-135R shortly before touching down.

1 March 2003

Two E-3's are visible in this shot, both wearing OK-code. They eventually left for the Gulf at the end of March.

11 March 2003

Two E-3 AWACS aircraft parked at Mildenhall

On the 1st of March, three 463AG C-130H's visited Mildenhall.

1 March 2003

On the 1st of March three 463AG C-130H's visited Mildenhall

This Wright-Patterson C-141C is backtracking to take the 11 overrun.

23 March 2003

Wright-Patterson C-141C backtracking to take the 11 overrun
A TN ANG KC-135E sitting in the sun

This Tennessee ANG KC-135E is sitting in the sun on one of Mildenhall's many parking spots.

22 March 2003

A rare TC-135S turning on runway 11 prior to departure

A rare TC-135S turning on runway 11 prior to departure. Note the black wing.

23 March 2003

This FL-coded HC-130P is seen preparing for a runway 29 departure.

2 March 2003

And there it was, on short finals for runway 29, the immaculate white C-141C. Lifters forever!

2 March 2003

The white Lifter on finals for runway 29
A HC-130P wearing a FL-tailcode preparing for departure on runway 29
Another highlight: a ZZ-coded E-3 AWACS

Another highlight: a ZZ-coded E-3 AWACS crossing the runway.

12 March 2003

An Open Skies OC-135B on short finals for runway 11

A smart-looking OC-135B Open Skies aircraft on finals for runway 11.

22 March 2003

Another busy day at The Hall with another Lifter coming in.

22 March 2003

Another busy day at The Hall

Many thanks to: KFC (Mildenhall + Ashford), Dragon House (Mildenhall), ESSO (Mildenhall), Burger King (Barton Mills + Ashford), DeNiro's (Newmarket), Travelodge (Barton Mills), Touchdown-list (Mildenhall), TESCO (Ashford) and Wim's aunt (Ashford) for motivation, inspiration, support and a full stomach.

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© Robin Polderman 2003