First U.S. Air Force tilt-rotor aircraft to be permanently based in UK have arrived at RAF Mildenhall

On Jun. 24, 2013, the a pair of U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, eventually arrived at RAF Mildenhall, in the UK, at 16:07 LT.

11-0058. CV-22. Mildenhall 24.06.2013

The two aircraft came from Keflavik, Iceland, and are believed to be among the first group to be permanently based at the Hall, with the re-instatement of the 21 SOS, formally with HH-53s.

In spite of the cloudy weather, The Aviationist’s photographer Tony Lovelock was there to take the pictures you can find in this post.

11-0057. CV-22. Mildenhall 24.06.2013

Image credit: Tony Lovelock

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.


  1. Well can you tell Tony to upload larger (read; wallpaper sized) shots so they’re more beneficial to some of your readers? Heh heh.

    On a more related note – that thing has more protuberances than a male teenager!

  2. Saw one of these yesterday from Woodbridge, flying low over the woods to the East beyond the golf club. It was a bit of a surprise as I didn’t know there were any in the country.

  3. They have been landing and training at the old Woodbridge airfield some evenings and night times.

  4. Just saw one of these flying out of Woodbridge at around 15.30pm. Very distinctive with large props.

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