RAF Mildenhall



100th Air Refueling Wing

Aircraft Assigned

RAF Mildenhall Aircraft
  • B-50 (1950)
  • B-29 (1951)
  • KB-29 (1951)
  • KC-97 (1953)
  • RB-50 (1953)
  • KB-29 (1953)
  • RB-47 (1956)
  • WB-50 (1959)
  • KB-50 (1962)
  • KC-135 (1970)
  • C-130 (1976)
  • EC-135 (1976)

The EC-135s flew ELINT and COMINT missions along the borders of Poland, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia. The twenty or so specialists on board the RC-135s during such missions listened to and recorded military radio frequencies and communications.

The 306th SW played a major role in the success of Operation El Dorado Canyon, the American attack on the Libyan capital of Tripoli in 1986. In support of this 14-hour, radio-silence rendezvous mission, the unit deployed the largest number of refueling aircraft ever flown over Europe and the largest fleet of KC-10's ever airborne at one time. In addition, the day after the attack 9th SW aircraft made several unmolested flights over the bombed military targets in and around Tripoli and Benghazi.

Page Updated: 2012-10-18 07:22:01
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