Copyright © - Don Gilham Location: Mildenhal, 1971
Copyright © - George Miller
Here's a few shots of the return of the students following the US invasion of Grenada
As they block in.
From the George Miller Collection
Copyright © - USAF Photo
Source:George Miller collection
In April 2006, I got this email from Steve Williams of Bridport, Dorset, U.K. He's one of those 'aviation nuts' from Britain ... here's the note:
On January 7th, 2006, I got this additional note, confirming the story Steve provided earlier:
I been looking at your fabulous site, and I noticed the reference to "40612" being used as graffiti at many locations in the UK. Well, it was not restricted to the UK, as the numbers 40612 were daubed at places across Europe (I remember seeing it on a fencepost at Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands).
I believe it was even mentioned in the UK Parliament, but would need this check to ensure it is not just folk lore (or wishful thinking).
However, I can shed some light on the issue. C-141A 64-0612 was a regular visitor to Mildenhall. Some spotters from London (I shall with hold their names) used to travel up to the base by train most Sundays. 40612 was transiting the base on Sundays occasionally, with these spotters being most annoyed, as they wanted to see other examples. One of them started to write "40612" at places he visited (well, in the toilets of places he visited), and soon his colleagues started doing the same. This was circa 1968 - 1970 (from memory). When these spotters bought cars, they could travel further afield, and add this graffiti at locations they visited. It was at various places in central London too. A large road sign near RAF Mildenhall had 40612 scratched into the reflective paint, and this was visible for more than ten years - long after these guys had given up their childish practice. Some of these spotters are still interested in aviation, although their graffiti days are long since over. I hope this helps.
near RAF Mildenhall