I always assumed that she jumped into her car and drove an hour to Heathrow and bought a ticket on the first plane back to the USA, she'd have had plenty of choice and would have been back home quickly.
Instead she drove or was driven a lot further across country to Mildenhall and was put on a USAF flight. So firstly she didn't even pay for her flight and secondly there must have been quiet a few USAF/US pers who helped her get on the Mildenhall flight who must have known why she was a priority.
In the mid 1980's I was stupid enough to marry a USAF (female) and she had to go back to the US when one of her many hill billy redneck brothers was dying (he didn't, then) . Even though she had a reason to get back, her seat on a flight out of Mildenhall took a lot of arranging and the system weren't too keen to make it easy to arrange compassionate flights home.
Yeah I know it's been over 30 years and things change.
You still married to her lol
i have seen a lot of these AMC flights departures published on the Mildenhall Terminal FB site ...either hop on a returning KC-10, KC-135, C-17 or C-5
They Used to publish destinations which could range from usual j-B McGuire Dix Lakehurst, Travis, J-B McHord-Lewis, or as far NAS North Island or even cities ...couple of rare ones like Campbell Army Airfield or another army airfield would appear on the screen.
Lot of Trans Atlantic routes would stop at Keflavik or head into Europe to Ramstein, RotA.
I always exepcted to see contract airliner one fo their CrAF like Omni turn up as normal but alas not To pick up folks But then it would not be worth it if the odd spouse or dependent pet rabbit / dog fly back. Apparently one year one of the spotters out up photo of a shiny colourful Sun Country Airlines 737NG turned up one summer back in 2015! I thought that’s out of its beaten track (it’s a CRAF assigned).