RAF Mildenhall is located north-west of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and hosts United States Air Force units and personnel. It is home to the 100th Air Refueling Wing (100 ARW) with their Boeing KC-135R/T Stratotankers. Mildenhall is also home to 352 Special Operations Wing operating the CV-22B Osprey and MC-130J Commando II aircraft as well as the 488th Intelligence Squadron operating the RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft.
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On 8 January 2015, the United States Department of Defense announced that operations at RAF Mildenhall would end and be relocated to Germany (Spangdahlem Air Base) and elsewhere within the UK, however, in July 2020 it was confirmed that this would no longer happen.
RAF Mildenhall, together with its sister base RAF Lakenheath, have the largest United States Air Force presence in the United Kingdom.
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Tower - 122.550, 370.250
Ground - 337.975, 121.625
Metro - 284.425
ATIS - 282.025
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RAF Mildenhall is home to the United States Air Force (USAF) 100th Air Refueling Wing (ARW), nicknamed the 'Bloody Hundredth', operating the KC-135R/T Stratotanker. The 'Bloody Hundredth' is comprised of the 100th Maintenance Group, the 100th Mission Support Group, and the 100th Operations Group.
Mildenhall is also home to 352 Special Operations Wing operating the CV-22B Osprey and MC-130J Commando II aircraft as well as the 488th Intelligence Squadron operating the RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft.
The 501st Combat Support Wing (501 CSW) is an administrative support wing of the United States Air Force, based at RAF Alconbury.
On 8 January 2015, the United States Department of Defense announced that operations at RAF Mildenhall would end and be relocated to Germany (Spangdahlem Air Base) and elsewhere within the UK, however, in July 2020 this decision was reversed.
100th ARW - KC-135R/T Stratotanker.
352nd SOG - CV-22B Osprey & MC-130J Commando II.
488th Intelligence Squadron - RC-135 Rivet Joint.
RAF Mildenhall was established as an RAF station in 1930, and opened in 1934. During WW2, RAF Bomber Command used the station for operational combat missions using the Wellington, Stirling, and Lancaster aircraft. New concrete runways were laid in 1943. By the end of the war, aircraft from RAF Mildenhall and its satellite airfields (Newmarket, Tuddenham, and Lakenheath) dropped over 23,000 tons of explosives, laid 2,000 mines in enemy waters, and flew over 8,000 sorties.
After the War, it was reopened in 1950 as a USAF-RAF joint operation base. Mildenhall was assigned to Strategic Air Command with the B-29 Superfortress, the B-50 Superfortress in 1952, and from 1953 to 1958 operated the B-47 Stratojet and KC-97 Stratofreighter.
In 1958, Mildenhall was closed for runway repairs, and transferred the Military Air Transport Service to Mildenhall in 1959. Mildenhall became the gateway to the United Kingdom for most U.S. military personnel.
Mildenhall became a USAFE base in 1959 and the RAF relinquished joint operations status. On 1 July 1966, Mildenhall welcomed the arrival of the 513th Troop Carrier Wing with their C-130 Hercules. In 1976, Detachment 4, 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing arrived at Mildenhall and operated the Lockheed U-2 and SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft. On 1 July 1978, the SAC 306th Strategic Wing was transferred to RAF Mildenhall with their KC-135 refueling aircraft, and RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft.
After the Cold War, Mildenhall was home to the 100th Air Refueling Wing of USAFE in 1992 with the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. RAF Alconbury was returned to the British Ministry of Defence in 1993, and the 352d Special Operations Group and its associated aircraft, the MC-130E, HC-130P/N and MH-53, transferred to RAF Mildenhall in March 1995. On 1 July 1994 the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron was activated at Mildenhall.
On 8 January 2015 the Department of Defense announced the closure of RAF Mildenhall, with aircraft and personnel transferring to Ramstein Air Base and Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. The UK government announced the site was one of 12 that will be sold as part of the strategy for the MOD estate, although no date for the sale was given. CV-22 Osprey's and C-130's stationed at the airbase will be re-located to Spangdahlem Air Base whereas the KC-135 tanker aircraft will be sent to Ramstein. The approximate date of divestiture for RAF Mildenhall was initially 2024. In July 2020 this decision was reversed and RAF Mildenhall will now remain open.