Air International 2016-04
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F-16C 90-0759/LF fires a 2.75in Mk66 rocket over the Goldwater range.
F-16s simultaneously jettison flares as they break away from the lead ship
An airman from the 944th Fighter Wing salutes the pilot after completing a hot breaks check of the aircraft.
Colonel Gallegos, Commander of the 944th Fighter Wing prepares to launch for an afternoon sortie.
F-16D 89-2158/LF banks over the Arizona desert en route to the range
F-16D 89-2158/LF in full afterburner launching from Luke’s runway 21R.
View from the backseat, as the aircraft rolls onto a target for a strafe attack using its six-barrel 20mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon.
The MAESAL’s combat aircraft shop undertakes maintenance on the Hornet fleet, such as this Ala 15 example pictured landing at Albacete in December 2015.
The MAESAL's combat aircraft repair shop, Taller de Aviones de Combate, has amassed great knowhow in the overhaul of the Spanish Hornet fleet.
Bombardier CL-415 UD14-04/43-34 returned to military service with the Ejercito del Aire’s 43 Grupo last year. In the background are the retired Mirage F1Ms that are stored on the MAESAL apron waiting a decision on their future.
Two 142 Escuadron Typhoons (or C16 Tifon to give them their Spanish designation) depart­ing for an exercise with EF-18s. This year Ala 14 will see the arrival of new C16s, allowing reactivation of the Ala 14’s 141 Escuadron.
Four Ala 14 Eurofighters deployed to Siauliai in Lithuania in January 2016 for the Baltic Air Policing mission. Here one of the aircraft undergoes final preparations for the four-hour flight to the Baltic.
During its 35-year service career Sea King HC4 ZA298/Y has been shot up so badly on three occasions its reckoned to have been shot down three times.
ZE427/K fitted with a Wescam MX-15 multi-spectral imaging system turret. The MX-15 was used to good effect by the Sea King HC4 crews in Afghanistan.
Royal Marines practise fast roping from Sea King HC4s at Royal Naval Aviation Squadron Yeovilton ahead of the annual air day in 2012.
Sea King HC4s were regularly painted in a snow colour scheme for operations from Bardufoss in Norway.
ZG821/G over Lake Wimbleball in Exmoor on March 11, 2015.
ZA295/Y at Oakhampton during drills with the Royal Marines.
Landing on to collect troops in Afghanistan.
ZE427/K on Dartmoor.
ZA298/Y at Woodbury Common on Exmoor.
Sea King HC4s depart HMS Illustrious.
Sea King HC4s arrive on HMS Illustrious to participate in Exercise Cold Response 2012.
A Sea King HC4 per­forms a load lifting exercise as part of arctic flying training while operating from the Joint Helicopter Command base called Clockwork at Bardufoss, Norway.
ZF116A/VP in the hover over a small lake on Dartmoor.
ZF117/X at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre at Lympstone.
The old and new generations of French military air transport in the Indian Ocean, with ET 0/50's last C-160 and first CN235-300 seen in the same shot taken in summer 2015.
The C-160’s days serving with ET 0/50 ended last year. There are many differences between the Transall and the CASA, but French crews say that doesn't mean the CN235 is not an effective platform.
The old and new generations of French military air transport in the Indian Ocean, with ET 0/50's last C-160 and first CN235-300 seen in the same shot taken in summer 2015.
A CN-235-300 gets towed back to its parking place on the DA181 apron. The CASA’s arrival last year led to several infrastructure changes at Reunion and at bases in the Scattered Islands.
Parachutists from the 2nd RPIMa and the 13th RDP board a CN235 for a drop over Samwest during an exercise.
The view from the cockpit of the CASA during a training sortie. CN235s based at Reunion searched for possible wreckage from flight MH370 during August 2015.
The survival kit dropped from the CN235-300 to people in the water on maritime search and rescue missions.
For para-dropping missions, the CN235-300’s seats in the hold are removed. At the moment, the aircraft is not certified for para-dropping or releasing pallets from the rear cargo ramp.
The Armee de I’Air regards the A400M aircraft as an expeditionary asset, able to deliver cargo and troops in a matter of days, which will have an impact on operations in Reunion.
An A400M crew perform post-flight checks in the cockpit during the type's visit to Reunion last year.
In mid-2016 the MAESAL will deliver to Ala 23 at Talavera the final F-5M to have undergone a complete structural overhaul at its facilities. A civilian contractor will upgrade the last aircraft.
The Section Aerienne Gendarmerie EC145 departs on a sortie to one of the many mountainous areas of Reunion Island.
Aircraft serial E25-67 is the prototype for the avionics and cockpit modernisation of the Ejercito del Aire’s C-101 trainers. It is seen here during the installation and integration of the new equipment at the end of 2015; the first flight is scheduled for later this year.
The CASA C-101 fleet is undergoing structural and cockpit upgrades at MAESAL to extend its operational life.
Bombardier CL-415 UD14-04/43-34 returned to military service with the Ejercito del Aire’s 43 Grupo last year. In the background are the retired Mirage F1Ms that are stored on the MAESAL apron waiting a decision on their future.
An F-35B Lightning II assigned to VMFA-121 conducts a vertical landing at Red Beach on December 10, 2015.
Marines hook up a hose for a power cart before a weapons functional test during Exercise Steel Knight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California.
An avionics technician assigned to VMFA-121 performs a weapons functional test on an F-35B Lightning II at Twentynine Palms.
An F-35B Lightning II performs a conventional take-off at the Strategic Expeditionary Landing Field at Twentynine Palms SELF on December 11,2015.