Air International 2016-02
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The Bulgarian Fishbeds participated in their last international exercise in October 2015, were they flew air combat missions with Polish Air Force MiG-29s during a joint Bulgarian-Polish training event at Graf-Ignatievo.
Armament comprised four R-60MK missiles carried on the outboard pylons and two longer range R-13Ms carried inboard.
MiG-21 bis serial number 114 returns to the flight line at Graf Ignatievo Air Base home of the 1/3 IAE.
When pitted against US Air Force F-16s and F-15s in TIs, the Fishbed still has some inherent survivability features, such as its low radar cross-section and small size, which combined with suitable camouflage rendered it difficult for visual detection
The Tumansky R25-300 turbojet provided 40.20kN (9,038 lbf) dry thrust and 67.20 kN (15,653 lbf) with maximum reheat.
The Fishbed saw three more years of service in Bulgaria than originally planned, but was finally retired on December 31, 2015.
Critics say the MiG-21 possessed little more than training value, but until late 2015 the BuAF used it for QRA duties.
The MiG-21 bis has a small and cramped cockpit with antiquated instruments. The black-hooded radar display is in the centre.
The Bulgarian Fishbeds participated in their last international exercise in October 2015, were they flew air combat missions with Polish Air Force MiG-29s during a joint Bulgarian-Polish training event at Graf-Ignatievo.
A line of 102 Squadron TA-4Js and an A-4N. Generations of Israeli combat pilots earned their wings and learned to fight on this aircraft, as it was used for the advanced training until its very end.
A-4N 411 of 102 Squadron, at Tel Nof in May 2000 loaded with dummy bombs and underwing fuel tanks.
The distinctive ‘flying ti­ger’ tail art of 102 Squadron's aircraft was introduced in 1997. This unit was the last to operate the Skyhawk in Israeli service.
Touch and go.
US Air Force Block 50 F-16C 91-0419 in Lockheed Martin's structural test laboratory at Fort Worth, Texas during durability testing.
Lockheed Martin test pilot Paul Randall taxis to take-off in F-16V 93-0702 at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth on October 16, 2015.
F-16V 93-0702 in an air-to-air engagement with Lockheed Martin’s F-16D 90-0848 during a test flight from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth on November 13, 2015.
Lockheed Martin test pilot Paul Randall works through pre-flight checks in the first F-16V 93-0702 at Fort Worth on October 16, 2015.
The cockpit configuration of the first single-seat F-16V 93-0702.
F-16V 93-0702 in an air-to-air engagement with Lockheed Martin’s F-16D 90-0848 during a test flight from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth on November 13, 2015.
Dutch NH90 NFH N316 lowers the HELRAS dipper through the funnel.
Bloodhound 700 over the Channel Islands off of the coast of California.
The very last US Navy S-3 crew from left to right: Lt Mowle, Lt Cdr Tschanz, Capt Rousseau and Cdr Hanaki.
Bloodhound 700 close to the photo ship off of the California Coast during the S-3B Viking's final flight.
Lt Cdr Ansley signs S-3B BuNo 160147/700 after handing over the jet to the AMARG.
After signing the aircraft out of US Navy possession the crew receives a receipt.
A two-ship makes one final break before returning to Point Mugu.
The crew of Bloodhound 700 at Davis-Monthan after the delivery flight to AMARG from left to right; Lt Cdr Ansley, Cdr Mittag, Lt Melnick and Lt Cdr Welsh.
Capt Rousseau bids onlookers a final wave goodbye as Bloodhound 702 departs for the NASA Glenn Research Facility.
The Chinook’s primary duty in Mali is air transport, but they are also used for ISR missions.
Dropping sling loads is a routine mission; the crews use the Hot Blaze exercise in Spain to practise flying in brown-out conditions.
Each Apache is armed with two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles mounted under the left wing, along with unguided rockets and a 30mm M230 chain gun with 300 rounds.
Four crews are available for the Apaches for missions from Gao.
An RNLAF AH-64D over the River Niger in Mali. The Dutch have three Apaches and three Chinooks in theatre.
There is much more wear of the engines and the dust in Mali sticks more to the helicopters than in Afghanistan, where the Dutch were previously deployed.
The Apaches carry 19 unguided rockets in a pod under the right wing.
The 36th anniversary of 144 Sqn in 2015 was marked by this special livery on the unit's F-5T 853.
F-5s taxi for take-off in Exercise Cope Tiger 2015, each pair of 275 gallon (1,041 litre) drop tanks.
Engineers load rounds into the 20mm cannon, which according to RSAF pilots is “very stable".
A 144 Squadron F-5T photographed from a US Air Force KC-135R. The F-5 is entering its last years of operation in the RSAF.
A specially painted 144 Squad­ron F-5 departs for Exercise Cope Tiger 2015.
A closer look at the Elbit Systems Display and Sight Helmet System (DASH), and the sight sensor attached on the canopy.
F/A-18D BuNo 164001/EX31 currently painted in colours to mark the 70th anniversary of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31 (MALS-31) 'Stingers' based at Beaufort. The squadron provides logistics support, guidance, planning and direction to all of the squadrons assigned to MAG-31.
A line of 102 Squadron TA-4Js and an A-4N. Generations of Israeli combat pilots earned their wings and learned to fight on this aircraft, as it was used for the advanced training until its very end.
Israeli A-4s were deployed in combat on numerous times during their service career, ranging from the Yom Kippur War in 1973 to the second Lebanon War in 2006.
Two TA-4J AhitMs lining up on the runway at Hatzerim, for a training mission, in May 2012.
A close-up on the front fuselage of TA-4J 730, taxiing at Hatzerim. Right of the Israeli markings is the word Meshopar, which means Improved, signifying that this was one of the aircraft that received the AhitM upgrade in the 2000s.
Four Sumos on the ramp at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.
KC-130J BuNo 168065/QD065 under the night sky at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni after an evening mission.
VMGR-152's unit insignia is painted on all of its KC-130Js.
'Sumo 45 Flight' in formation over Japan with Capt Benoit Bordelon (left seat) and Maj Andre Jonkheere (right seat) at the controls.
Green screens. The KC-130J and all other models of the C-130J are fitted with a glass cockpit comprising numerous glass screens and control panels.