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Ben Montgomery
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PostSubject: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-18, 04:58

FIRST OFF: Before I start anything, apologies to those of you who have slower internet connections. It might take you quite a while to load this page.


With less than a week until Uni, I figure my Mildenhall-athon is over for now. I thought I might as well collect all my pictures together and present the highlights of the month.

Special thanks must go to BOLLO, Stigorige, CHRIS D, RYNO56, Spirit of Kitty Hawk, Pikey01, Dazza, Beer Monster and many others for the awesome banter, heads ups and company. Cheers guys!

Anyway, on with the photos. In chronological order, I have included the callsign and serials if anyone is looking for them.

Day 1: The first day of hunting for me, was great to meet Pikey01, Dazza, and beer monster. Didn't manage to catch what we were all there for, but there were a few nice movements to make up for it.

1.REACH 559 KC-135R 63-8027


2. SNOOP 56 RC-135W 62-4131


3. ROCKSTAR 93 UC-12F 163560



Day 2: Dull and overcast, I was still determined to catch my target, who didnt appear for the second time. The day was almost a throw away, with limited movements, the star being the Open Skies.

4: OPEN SKIES 12T OC-135B 61-2670


5. DUKE 10 C-12U 84-0180


6. DUKE 09 UC-35A 97-0101



Day 3:Typically, the weather was slightly better but the movements were slightly worse.

7. REACH 259 KC-135R 61-0298



Day 4: Hoorah! She flies! Nothing more to be said really, was well worth the wait. Only downside was that "Montys Law of Rubbish Lighting" came into play.

8. REACH 1019 AC-130U 89-0510



Day 5: Completely unplanned this, I thought my trek was over. However, having a Lancer in at the Hall was definately worth a look!

9: RAMA 52 B-1B 85-0083


10: NATO 12 E-3A LX-N90458



Day 6: Two days later and I was back. Another super-rare movement, first for 5 years I believe. This was a must catch for me.

11: GLOW 14 E-8C 94-0284



Day 7: Certainly the worst day of the month, with only 2 visiting aircraft whilst I was there. I went down to catch a KC-130J, but missed it by 10 minutes......

12: REACH 339 KC-135R 61-0284



Day 8: After a bit of a break, I zipped down to catch the Mercury on his last mission before heading home.

13: RAZZ 33 E-6B 163919



Day 9: In terms of movements, this was up there with the best. 2 Galaxys, an E-3 and a Kadena KC135!

14:REACH 600 KC-135T 58-0046/ZZ


15: SHUCK 80 E-3B 78-0576


16: REACH 7035 C-5B 87-0035


17: REACH 337 KC-135R 63-8875


18: REACH 6017 C-5B 86-0017


Day 10: And finally the last day! With the Mildenhall Tankerfest well underway, and C-130J-30s rumoured for the evening I decided to go down....again.

19: HERKY 819 C-130E 72-1299


20: REACH 151 KC-135R 62-3500


21: REACH 869 C-130J-30 05-8152



And that was it! Just a few aircraft there, cut down drastically from the many different movements I photographed. However, no trip to Mildenhall would be complete without the Home Team!!

22: QUID 30 KC-135R 62-3519


23: TALON 71 MC-130H 87-0024


24: REACH 1026 MC-130P 65-0991


25: QUID 31 KC-135R 58-0100


26: TALON 71 MC-130H 88-1803


So there you have it - a month of Mildenhall (that said, BOLLOs collection is much more impressive!)

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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-18, 05:06

Some great shots there mate and it was great to meet you and Good luck with uni.
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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-18, 09:23

Cracking Ben!! Clap
Wishing you all the best at uni!! 😄
Hope to see more pics soon!!

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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-18, 09:37

What a cracking collection Monty, all those White tops, E3, 6 and 8, a Bone and an AC-130 - not a bad month in anyones book!

Thats what I love about the hall, variety is indeed the spice of life!
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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-18, 09:59

Excellent post. Great pics, great timeline of events.

Have a great time at Uni
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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-18, 10:09

Awesome shots there mate and good luck at uni.


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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-18, 10:16

Excellent pics and well put together with excellent information added. Well done that man
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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-18, 11:01

Good work- recently managed a day and a half down there and didn't have much luck- you've got the reward from putting the hours in. Wish I lived closer! A great selection.
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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-18, 12:20

Good luck with the Uni Ben, thanks for all your photos and reports over the last month.
You've certainly put some hours in, bet your pushbike is looking forward to a rest .

Cheers Paul.
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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-18, 12:32

Great set Ben,I managed to cut the grass,re-write the bible,have several shaves,grow many years older,watched the kids grow-up,got the car serviced,watched the entire back-catalogue of Eastenders,Coronation Street,Emmerdale and the BBC News and built a large extension to the rear of the house while your pics loaded Whistle

Only joking mate,all the best at Uni.Enjoy the parties !
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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-18, 13:47

Superb collection there Ben, I particularly liked the B-1 and E-8 shots..

nice shot of the AC130 too (not that I'm jealous!)

Hope all goes well at uni, Cambridge by any chance?.!
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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-18, 14:55

An excellent presentation - very few types have escaped you !
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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-19, 13:53

paulh wrote:
bet your pushbike is looking forward to a rest .

A rest?! I'll be biking there from Uni, will only take me a day or so!



beer monster - It's not cambridge unfortunately (that would be brilliant for Mildenhall trips), I'm going to Loughborough to do Aero Engineering.

Flaps - that did make me laugh!

Cheers for all the comments guys, same again next year I think!
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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-19, 15:38

As an ex 2417 (Newmarket) ATC cadet, I wish you the best at uni and look
foward to seeing more of your photos.....I remember bike rides to egun in youth
but it was to see Blackbirds and Pokeys.... it is good to see that the enthusiam
is still there for those who are 'Real Aviation Enthusiasts'....(who remembers that
book!!)

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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-21, 13:58

That C-5 looks a bit worse for wear
Good shots though!
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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-21, 15:56

Like all the other boys have said Ben,all the very best mate.A very nice collection indeedy and you can be sure it will be here when you get back.
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PostSubject: Re: Monty's Mildenhall Multi-Marathon Month (03/08/09 - 02/09/09) 2009-09-22, 01:00

Lovely selection of shots of some great aircraft - that Kadena 135T is terrific. Thanks for the regular postings of shots - always very good to see what's been going on and what I've missed! Best of luck at Uni.

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