Air International 2015-01
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Main: Military
A technician awaits the pilot’s command to attach the crew boarding ladder to the aircraft.
The integrated Helmet Mounted Display provides the pilot with flight parameters, sensor data, target cueing and weapons status.
A Rafael navigation and targeting pod fitted to a JAS 39C Gripen.
A crew chief cleans the wind­shield.
A crew chief checks the hydraulics.
An armourer prepares to load 27mm ammunition into the linked belts that feed the Mauser cannon
French Air Force Rafales were the first non-RAAF aircraft to refuel from the KC-30A over Iraq.
Royal Navy Hawks in close formation. During Flag Officer Sea Training serials, 736 NAS Hawks adopt attack profiles that are as aggressive as weather conditions permit.
Man and machines... Lt Cdr Tim Flatman, Commanding Officer of 736 NAS, which operates 14 Hawk T1/T1As from two locations, RNAS Culdrose and RNAS Yeovilton. A Flight maintains a permanent detachment of two aircraft at the latter.
Top: With a wealth of experience on the Hawk, the squad­ron's ground crew and engineers remain critical to maintaining flight operations. Middle and bottom: Flight and ground crew turn an aircraft around quickly in preparation for an afternoon FOST mission.
Top: The Thursday War is a key weekly event for 736. Lt Walker (front) and Jim Taylor prepare for their mission over the UK's South West Approaches. Bottom: Lt Cdr Tim Flatman completes his pre-flight routine ahead of a Flag Officer Sea Training event.
Squadron ground crew at RNAS Culdrose (seen here) and at RNAS Yeovilton have responded well to the challenges of an increased workload.
As Royal Navy fast jet pilots return from tours in the United States, 736 NAS could provide the bridge for those transitioning to the F-35B Lightning II over the next few years.
AIR International was on hand when 736's newly painted jet was towed on to the Culdrose flight line for the first time last July.
The Hawk continues to serve the Royal Navy well, but the cockpit is a demanding setting for the aggressor pilot.
A330 MRTT может брать на борт больше топлива, грузов или пассажиров, чем его конкуренты. KC-30 может перевозить 32 грузовые палеты (поддона) типа 463L, тогда как Boeing KC-46A - только 19.
RAAF Super Hornets tanking from the KC-30A during their journey to the Middle East.
French Air Force Rafales were the first non-RAAF aircraft to refuel from the KC-30A over Iraq.
Almost 300 connections with receiver aircraft have tested the upgraded boom refuelling system.
A KC-30A at Al Minhad after returning from an Operation Okra mission.
An air refuelling operator refuels two F/A-18Fs over Iraq.
The fuel tanks added to the wings for the journey are visible on the two T-6Cs delivered in October 2014.
T-6C NZ1404, formerly N2842B. It was delivered in August 2014. Inset: Beechcraft Chief Pilot J D O’Malley.
The Texan’s cockpit software can be used in different stages of training, ranging from the initial phases to simulating combat scenarios.
RAAF Super Hornets tanking from the KC-30A during their journey to the Middle East.
An air refuelling operator refuels two F/A-18Fs over Iraq.
A 58th FS F-35A about to emerge from its sun shelter on Eglin's flight line at the start of another training sortie.
F-35A F-002 is one of two Lightning IIs acquired by the RNLAF for test purposes
Col Bert de Smit puts on his Generation II helmet before a continuation training sortie in a US Air Force F-35A.
Top: Once the RNLAF detachment moves to Edwards Air Force Base, it will lose the support of Lockheed Martin technicians during day-to-day operations. Bottom: Assisted by an US Air Force crew chief, Col Bert de Smit on walk-around prior to a mission in a 58th Fighter Squadron F-35A.
A bi-lateral agreement on the use of each other's jet permits Dutch pilots to fly in US F-35As during their training at Eglin, while US Air Force pilots are allowed to fly the RNLAF jets.
Maj Laurens-Jan Vijge became the first Dutch pilot to fly the F-35A on December 18, 2013.
One of the 58th Fighter Squadron F-35As at rest outside its sun shelter after a day's flying at Eglin.
This weapons loading trainer is among devices used by maintainers for hands-on training at Eglin's Academic Training Centre.