DAILY PHOTO: 1989 RAF Mildenhall Airshow

Taken in 1989 or possibly 1990 at RAF Mildenhall

Taken in 1989 at RAF Mildenhall

I heard that this was the biggest military airshow in Europe that year because a horrible crash at the 1988 Ramstein Air Show shut down that show and maybe some others in 1989. (I stipulate “military” airshow because there is huge airshow in Paris each odd year that features military aircraft but also   commercial craft, and that show is not exclusively a Ministry of Defense or Department of Defense endeavor.)

Oddly enough there was also a crash at the 1989 Paris Airshow, but it resulted in no loss of life (the 1988 Ramstein crash caused 70 fatalities and several times that number injured.) There was no crash at Mildenhall in 1989 though. I remember the F-18 being about the most impressive thing that flew that year. This, I believe, is a Panavia Tornado, but I’m not that familiar with planes–particularly non-US models–so I could be wrong.

4 thoughts on “DAILY PHOTO: 1989 RAF Mildenhall Airshow

    • Yeah, I think it was just a fluke. There are occasionally accidents, but they usually don’t result in fatalities for anyone in the audience, Ramstein was horrific in that regard.

      If you’ve ever seen a precision flight team like the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels, you’d wonder why accidents don’t happen all the time. They are flying so fast and close. Of course, niether of accidents I mention involved such teams.


      • I have actually seen a couple of airshows and it always freaks me out..they do seem to fly awfully close to one another and with all those spirals and upside down thingamajigs they do, I am not sure how they manage to not crash.


  1. During the last 25 years l have read about military air shows and the tragic crash ,only seconds make the call. Thank you for liking my post (the sage farmer) best regards.jalal


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