RAF Mildenhall opened in 1934 and was developed as a British heavy bomber station. In the Second World War Vickers Wellingtons, Short Stirlings and Avro Lancasters flew from here and it was the headquarters for No.3 Group in RAF Bomber Command. US links developed greatly from the 1050s, as bomber units and wings were deployed in rotations and the base was involved in repatriation missions and relief operations. In 1983 Mildenhall became the permanent base for the SR-71 'Blackbird', which flew photographic reconnaissance missions from 1976-90 and became the symbol of the base in the eyes of the military and public alike. This illustrated record of what is 'The Gateway to the United Kingdom' for USAFE personnel includes a base history, an examination of the wartime period, complemented with interviews, and up to the minute imagery of air to air refuelling, air fetes, and helicopter undercover operations.
Product code: BJTTY
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Dimensions: 24.4cm x 18.0cm
Publish date: 01/07/2007
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