RAF Mildenhall

Rare but true: that time an SR-71 Crew spotted six soviet fighters trying to intercept their Blackbird during a Barents/Baltic Seas sortie

Rare but true: that time an SR-71 Crew spotted six soviet fighters trying to intercept their Blackbird during a Barents/Baltic Seas sortie

The Blackbird An icon of the Cold War, the SR-71 Blackbird had been in frontline service for almost a decade… Read More

1 month ago

SR-71 RSO recalls when after a mission flown the day of Chernobyl Disaster his Blackbird could not taxy into the hangar until he, his pilot and their aircraft were checked with a Geiger counter

The Blackbird The SR-71, unofficially known as the "Blackbird," is a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed… Read More

3 months ago

SR-71 pilot recalls when he and his RSO did a Blackbird super low pass at a speed of 152 knots

The SR-71 Blackbird The SR-71, the most advanced member of the Blackbird family that included the A-12 and YF-12, was… Read More

8 months ago

‘Masters of the Air,’ the New Apple TV+ Series About ‘Mighty Eighth’ Air Force in WWII, to premiere globally Friday, Jan. 26, 2024

Masters of the Air On Oct. 5, 2023 Apple TV+ unveiled the first images from its upcoming World War II… Read More

10 months ago

Watch this video of a B-52H Stratofortress destroying the landing lights at RAF Fairford whilst performing a crab walk demo during RIAT 2023

B-52H destroying landing lights Filmed during Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2023 by our friend Ben Ramsay at UK Aviation… Read More

12 months ago

KC-135A Crew Chief recalls when his Stratotanker had to purge its tanks of the JP-4 to load JP-7 to refuel an SR-71 Blackbird (No KC-135Q was available)

The SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3+ spy plane could be refueled by standard Stratotankers in the event KC-135Qs were not available.… Read More

1 year ago

Blackbird pilots explain why flying the SR-71 with just one engine in full afterburner was Blackbird aircrews’ most dangerous operation

Taken on Nov. 1, 1981 by US Air Force (USAF) Scene Camera Operator Ken Hackman, the interesting photos in this… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know the SR-71 crew set off controlled explosions using Triethylborane (the most dangerous material after fissionable nuclear material) to start the Blackbird engines?

‘The NTSB lists Triethylborane [TEB] as the following most dangerous material, one step below fissionable nuclear material,’ Former SR-71 Blackbird… Read More

2 years ago

USAF Special Operations CV-22 Osprey stuck in the nature reserve on a Norwegian island has been lifted out

On Sep. 27, 2022 the USAF Special Operations CV-22 Osprey from 7th Special Operations Squadron ‘Aircommandos,’ at RAF Mildenhall, UK,… Read More

2 years ago

A USAF Special Operations CV-22 Osprey is stuck in the nature reserve on a Norwegian island since it made an emergency landing there in August

Since the event, the CV-22 Osprey is stuck on the island as repairs onsite are thought to be impossible. A… Read More

2 years ago

SR-71 Blackbird pilot tells the story of when he and his RSO flew a 11.13 hours mission involving 6 refuelings and more than five hours above Mach 3.0 during the Yom Kippur War

Upon arrival at Mildenhall to set up recovery operations, Colonel Patrick Halloran, 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Commander, was informed that… Read More

2 years ago

SR-71 pilots explain why flying the Blackbird with just one engine in full afterburner was SR-71 aircrews’ most dangerous operation

‘The tremendous thrust with one engine in full afterburner and the other in idle was eye-opening!’ Stormy Boudreaux, SR-71 Blackbird… Read More

2 years ago

SR-71 RSO tells the story behind this video of a Blackbird creating ’13 Fireballs’ during Air Fete Air Show 1986 at RAF Mildenhall

SR-71 Blackbird at Air Fete Air Show Taken at RAF Mildenhall in 1986, the impressive video in this post features… Read More

3 years ago

The secret life of SR-71 #955: the first Blackbird to use the Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar System to photograph Soviet Submarines

SR-71 #955 was a test bird destined to spend her flying career in the US, primarily in Southern California. But… Read More

3 years ago

From New York to London in less than two hours: the story of the SR-71 Blackbird that set a new speed record with New York to London flight

The SR-71 Blackbird made the trans-Atlantic flight to be featured in the Farnborough Air Show as a static display. This… Read More

3 years ago

USAF CV-22 Osprey’s downwash blows away rubber matting of hospital’s landing pad

The massive propellers were too much for the matting that covers the helipad though which was sent flying when the… Read More

3 years ago