AIR FETE 2000 - RAF Mildenhall / UK

Update: 2020/04/05  by Robert Kysela / CHK6

Sun, Rain, Wind and hot Jets could have been the motto for the 2000 USAFE show in Mildenhall. The bitterly cold wind and frequent downpours made the weather far from comfortable, but despite the conditions a remarkable 120,000 spectators braved  the elements for what turned out to be an incredible air display. The ultimate highlight of the show was the demonstration of the Northrop B-2A ”SPIRIT”. As a sort of contrast, one could also witness the Boeing B-52H ”STRATOFORTRESS” display, and the absolutely breathtaking Boeing B-1B ”LANCER”. You will hardly ever find two aircraft embodying such different airplane concepts and it was thanks to the AIR FETE organizer and the 100th Air Refueling Wing that all three aircraft were able to participate in this marvelous flying display. The exclusion of the Boeing F-15 EAGLE from the air was desperately disappointing. Although stationed at nearby Lakenheath (48th TFW), the USAFE does not have an officially commissioned display pilot in Europe, so the crowd had to settle for the two Eagles in the static. Apart from that, one could see almost every type of aircraft in the USAF armory and with the exception of the completely missing Russian fighters the international attendance was not bad at all. 

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