Eyes of the Mildenhall Sky: Air Traffic Control

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  • By Senior Airman Antonia Herrera
  • 100th Air Refueling Wing

U.S. Senior Airman Malcolm Blair, 100th Operation Support Squadron air traffic controller, communicates with an incoming KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, July 28th, 2021.


Blair is a controller-in-training and learns about the rules and requirements for RAF Mildenhall airspace. Aircrews and air traffic controllers are in constant communication within an estimated five miles of airspace. Controllers at RAF Mildenhall support 16,000 NATO, U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command training and combat missions annually.