Air International 2016-07
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Two Mi-24V Hind-Es came from the Czech Air Force 221 Squadron; the unit received the trophy for best-looking Tiger aircraft for the magnificent scheme applied to one of the helicopters.
The DA Defence A-4 Skyhawks at Wittmund are fitted most of the time with an instrumentation pod used to record the mission data for debriefing purposes.
DA Defence Skyhawks are painted in different schemes to simulate a wide array of threats.
Skyhawks are literally split into two for maintenance during a Phase A check. The Skyhawk is an extremely tough aircraft which will prove very hard to replace.
A Luftwaffe EF2000 lands behind a pair of A-4s. DA Defence spends 1,030 of its 1,200 annual flying hours supporting the German Eurofighters.
With its airbrakes extended, this DA Defence Skyhawk slowly taxies out on to runway 26 at Wittmund.
DA Defence pilot Raimund 'Lendi' Lendermann throws his Skyhawk in a tight turn during a fight against Eurofighters.
The Leeuwarden deployment gave the Royal Netherlands Air Force the opportunity to fly combined missions with F-16s in the Netherlands for the first time, including these two Volkel-based F-16AMs.
The Belgian Air Force’s 31 Squadron won its ninth Silver Trophy, recognising the best squadron during the exercise.
The Royal Norwegian Air Force 338 Skvadron based at Main Air Station Orland decorated two of the six F-16s it sent to NTM 2016 with special tail art.
The Turk Hava Kuwetleri usually attends the NTM with spectacularly decorated aircraft, as was the case this year with this example from 192 Filo.
Ala 15 is one of the few Spanish units that has a tradition of decorating its aircraft. On the occasion of the 2016 NTM, EF-18M C15-14/15-01 received these special markings.
The Aeronautica Militare 21 ° Gruppo won the award for best-looking Tiger uniform, applied to one of the two AB212ICOs it sent to Spain.
Two Aviation Legere de I’Armee de Terre (ALAT) Gazelles were sent to Zaragoza, each of which wore a different Tiger scheme.
The pair of ALAT Gazelles came from 3eme RHC based at BA d'Etain-Rouvres.
The Aeronavale 4 Flotille from BAN Lann-Bihoue deployed one of its E-2C Hawkeyes in this stunning paint scheme. Engine problems meant this was temporarily substituted for some missions by another aircraft.
A Luftwaffe EF2000 lands behind a pair of A-4s. DA Defence spends 1,030 of its 1,200 annual flying hours supporting the German Eurofighters.
One of the four G550CAEWs in Republic of Singapore Air Force service. Gulfstream says there is a lot of interest in Asia in multi-mission platforms.
The Singaporean G550CAEW is based on the Israeli Eitam aircraft, with Elta's ELA/V-2085 L-band AESA radar and other sensors.
A scheme applied to this Armee de I’Air Mirage 2000D from ECE 1/30 at Mont-de-Marsan commemorates the personnel killed during Tactical Leadership Programme 2015/01 in Spain.
The Royal Australian Air Force's 12 C-130J-30S are operated by No.37 Squadron from RAAF Base Richmond. The co-located No.285 Squadron, responsible for training, borrows aircraft as required.
Raising crews’ skill levels in different disciplines, from air drops and static line parachuting to NVGs, is one of the key aspects of No.285 Squadron's work.
The training remediation programme also involves changes to loadmaster and technical training regimes.
A training mission using night vision goggles in No.285 Squadron's C-130J Full-Flight Mission Simulator, which in 2015 was used in Coalition Virtual Flag.
Squadron Leader Sam Wright shows Dominic Perrottet MP the C-130J simulator off-board instructor/operator station. Instructors have migrated 32 student training events from the simulator to the classroom.
Both Dutch F-35s seen on the flight line at Leeuwarden in the early twilight following their historic arrival on May 23, 2016.
F-35A F-002 turns onto final approach as part of the perception flight in the early evening of May 26, 2016.
The Leeuwarden deployment gave the Royal Netherlands Air Force the opportunity to fly combined missions with F-16s in the Netherlands for the first time, including these two Volkel-based F-16AMs.
Vapour cones around a Dutch F-35A during an air power demonstration at Leeuwarden air show on June 11, 2016. Formed of condensed water, vapour cones are formed when the pressure, density and temperature of the water vapour is suddenly increased across the stern shock wave in transonic flight.
Aircraft AL-01, piloted by Major Di Loreto, landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, on February 5, 2016.
Major Di Loreto of the Aeronautica Militare taken post-flight, after his first flight in an F-35A.
Colonel Bert de Smit is the commanding officer of the Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35
F-35A F-002 parked in front of a hardened aircraft shelter at Leeuwarden in between missions.
Major Di Loreto holds the Italian flag aloft during his transatlantic flight in an F-35 on February 5, 2016.
Major Di Loreto completes pre-flight checks to AL-01 at Lajes in preparation for the second leg of the transatlantic flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
The first Italian Lightning II on the ramp at Lajes. Note the 13° Gruppo badge on the air intake: the squadron was re-activated on May 12, 2016 and will be the first Aeronautica Militare unit to operate the F-35A.
The base fire brigade welcomed the F-35s with a water curtain as they taxied to the Leeuwarden flight line.