RAF Mildenhall: Shots Fired at US Air Force Base as Car Stopped Near Plane

Shots Fired by Air Force personnel at RAF Mildenhall in "security event"

courtesy express.co.uk

A man is being questioned by police after a disturbance at an RAF base during which shots were fired by US service personnel. … Superintendent Kim Warner, of Suffolk Police, said a vehicle failed to follow security directions at the entrance and drove on to the base.

There was a “short pursuit” and the vehicle was stopped by US security services, he said.

The man, who suffered cuts and bruises, has been taken into custody and police are not looking for anyone else on the site in relation to the incident.

There were initial reports of a car being rammed into a checkpoint, but Mr Warner said he was “unaware of any damage to the base itself”.

He said the vehicle was brought to a halt close to a US plane, an Osprey, and it was not thought there was “any significant damage” to the vehicle or the aircraft.

This is reportedly not being treated as a terrorist incident. Read the whole thing.


  1. avatar YAR0892 says:

    Wait- I thought the UK had no gun crime?!? What is this wizardry?!? How did these dangerous, evil guns get into the glorious gun-free UK??? Oh the british humanity!

    I can’t even type this crap with a strait face…

    1. avatar JasonM says:

      Apparently you can’t read this crap with a straight face either. The people firing the shots were USAF security. So they probably got their guns into the UK on a USAF cargo jet.

      1. avatar Ken says:

        Yep, a definite “only read the headline” fail, although the headline is misleading.

  2. avatar BLoving says:

    Took a wrong turn and panicked at the sight of all those scary black rifles levelled at him?

  3. avatar Nanashi says:

    It was definitely the LDS this time…

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Radical Amish.

  4. avatar Geoff PR says:

    It’s a bit of a stretch to call a Bell ‘Osprey’ a ‘plane’.

    Aircraft is more accurate…

    1. avatar Kroglikepie says:

      Eh. It’s a plane. It has significant wing loading on static airfoils.

      A better quip is that is isn’t *near* what it could be… *le sigh*

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        The static airfoils are irrelevant during the takeoff and landing phases, it’s rotary only then…

        1. avatar CS says:

          Technically, its a V/STOL airplane. And in function its no different than a Harrier or F35B

        2. avatar jwm says:

          Caliber wars. Semi vs. revolver.

          Now the flying thingie wars. Crap, it never ends.

        3. avatar Snatchums says:

          Also, with a heavy load they may need the lift of those static airfoils and roll down the tarmac with the rotors at 45 degrees.

  5. avatar R Pope says:

    Shots fired by US personal , vehicle stopped by US security services . They didn’t say if his cuts and bruises were courtesy of the U.S.A.

  6. avatar Mick says:

    The title is wrong as RAF Mildenhall is not a “US Air Force base” it’s a Royal Air Force installation on which USAF troops and gear are based. Nearly all of the European bases where USAF forces are based are similar to this as the bases belong to the host nation.

    Not the same in Germany as Germany is still an occupied country. There, the bases are e.g. Ramstein Air Base and Spanghdalem Air Base.

    1. avatar Pat says:

      Well in Italy it’s “Aviano Air Base” but I assure you it’s owned by the Italians.

  7. avatar ironicatbest says:

    The the USAF can operate small arms. Wow that’s a first. Support your local Law Enforcement.

    1. avatar Chris. says:

      Yeah, they operate Big ones too.

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