Air International 2016-01
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Royal Navy helicopter pilots also complete Type 23 and Type 45 flight deck qualifications at the RNSFDO, including this Dauphin from Flag Officer Sea Training.
A pair on UN-1Ns await their mission on the ramp at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
‘Spear 16’, UH-1N 69-6645, passes over the Pacific Ocean near Yokohama
'Spear 17’, UH-1N 69-6614, departs from the East Fuji Manoeuver Area, which provides fantastic brown­out condition training.
TSgt David Jacobs poses in front of ‘Spear 17', UH-1N 69-6614.
Capt Jonathon Bonilla and Capt Daniel Trapani perform a right turn over downtown Tokyo, one of the primary areas where 459th AS Hueys operate.
An MRH90 Taipan recovers to HMAS Tobruk, during the ship’s transit to Vanuatu, to provide assistance to Operation Pacific Assist 2015 for relief operations in Vanuatu.
Four MRH90s from the 5th Aviation Regiment approach HMAS Canberra's flight deck during Sea Series 2015.
A sailor directs a MRH90 as it comes in to land aboard HMAS Canberra.
A Royal Australian Navy MRH90 on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra preparing for a night sortie off the coast of Queensland.
Close-up view of the B-52's Pratt & Whitney TF33 engines, plugged into one of the aircrafts auxiliary power units.
Left: Air Force Reserve Command supervisors instruct and evaluate a mix of AFRC and active duty crews as they practice loading weapons onto wing pylons on a B-52. The total force integration crew from the reserve’s 307th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the active duty 11th Aircraft Maintenance Unit are required to maintain certification to be able to handle and load live munitions. Right: Crews use an MHU-83 lift truck to bring a Mk62 Quick Strike mine to the B-52 for loading.
A two-ship heads off into stormy Louisiana skies for the morning launch. In this case the stormy sky was the remnants of Hurricane Patricia heading towards Texas during the author’s visit to Barksdale.
Nice view of the sheer size of the B-52 as it taxies to runway 15 at Barksdale.
The B-52's front gear can pivot to allow the bomber to make turns, and to crab during take-off and landing. To assist with crosswind take-offs and landings the main landing gear can be pivoted by 20° to either side from neutral.
Ground crews prepare a B-52 for practice weapons loading and offloading.
Left: Final adjustments are made as a weapon is slowly lifted into place onto the B-52’s weapon pylon. Right: Once a weapon is in position, crews manually tighten the mounts and fuse the wires onto the bomber. Here an AFRC crewmember makes the final adjustments.
Global Warrior from the 307th BW taxies out to the active runway for take-off.
Crews prepare to board B-52H 60-0035 ‘Global Warrior' for a sortie.
A representative shot that includes one 307th BW B-52 and one active duty B-52 tail of the 69th Bomb Squadron visit­ing Barksdale from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.
A group of 20 aircrew members who reached a milestone in the B-52H Stratofortress by flying a two-ship mission with a combined total of over 100,000 flying hours, on February 18, 2014 from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.
Close up of one of the crew's helmets, clearly a graduate of the B-52 weapons school based on the yellow and black strip - the colours of the 340th Weapons Squadron.
Interior artwork found in B-52H 61-0021. Most B-52s have their nose art replicated inside the cockpit in some fashion.
Throttles up. The pilot slowly eases all eight throttles of the enormous bomber forward for maximum take-off thrust.
On final approach for landing back at Barksdale after a five hour sortie, a relatively short flight by B-52 standards.
The lower deck on the B-52 is the radar navigator station. The radar navigator is the crew member whose role is to identify targets and plot the strikes using the various weapons systems. Here an instructor works with a student navigator.
Everyone who will operate aircraft aboard the Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales carriers will have completed training on the Culdrose dummy deck.
Sea Harriers are used to teach flight deck handlers in recovering and securing aircraft to a carrier vital skills as the Royal Navy prepares for the F-35B Lightning II
Training with Sea Harriers gives students vital experience of the jet noise, exhaust, fumes and intake dangers they will encounter on a real flight deck.
The RNSFDO at Culdrose trains around 1,700 students, approximately 400 of which are aircraft handlers, seen here wearing the yellow and blue.
An MV-22B moments before take-off from Camp Buehring, Kuwait with soldiers of the US Army’s 4th Infantry Division bound for a training area during an expeditionary readiness exercise.
A sailor guides an MV-22B Osprey off the deck of USS Makin Island (LHD 8).
US Marines inspect an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft after landing on the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) during an amphibious exercise.
US Navy sailors carry a casualty to an MV-22B Osprey during casevac training in preparation for Exercise Eager Lion in Jordan.
‘Who let the dogs out?’ A quartet of ‘Moon Dogs’ EA-6B Prowlers at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.
The Franken Prowler BuNo 158542, radio callsign Dog 34, hooked up to a VMGR-152 KC-130J for aerial refuelling over mainland Japan, where it received 2,000lb of fuel.
Head on with the Franken Prowler; in the background ‘Sumo 46', a VMGR-152 KC-130J, refuels two Prowlers on a refuelling track over mainland Japan.
This EA-6B is fitted with two ALQ-99 tactical jamming pods with low-band transmitters.
The responsibilities of listening to different radios on missions are split between the Prowler’s four crew members.
The first MH-60R Seahawk squadron flight is at sea aboard HMAS Perth, as the Royal Australian Navy builds its capability with the Romeo.
An 816 Squadron S-70B-2 transits towards the Eastern Australia Exercise Area. The unit has ten S-70B-2s left as it prepares to convert onto the MH-60R.
Head on with the Franken Prowler; in the background ‘Sumo 46', a VMGR-152 KC-130J, refuels two Prowlers on a refuelling track over mainland Japan.
The Franken Prowler BuNo 158542, radio callsign Dog 34, hooked up to a VMGR-152 KC-130J for aerial refuelling over mainland Japan, where it received 2,000lb of fuel.