An E-8C Joint-STARS pulls away from a KC-135 Stratotanker. The E-8C's primary mission is to provide theatre commanders with ground surveillance to support attack operations, and targeting that contributes to the delay, disruption and destruction of enemy forces.
US Air Force E-8C serial number 96-0042 on a transit stop at RAF Leuchars, Fife, in September 2008.
Unmistakeable smoke generated by Pratt & Whitney JT3D (military designation TF33-102C) engines - the power plant of the E-8C Joint STARS.
The E-8C Joint STARS aircraft features a 29ft (8.8m) long radome under the forward fuselage to house the AN/APY-7 l-band, side-looking phased array radar.
The second production-series Joint STARS aircraft, E-8C serial number 92-3290 (c/n 19295), at RAF Mildenhall in mid-May 2012. It was delivered to the US Air Force in December 1996.
Prior to take-off from RAF Mildenhall on May 29, 2005 is E-8C serial number 97-0201 (c/n 20319), with the official shields from (left to right) of the Air National Guard, 116th Air Control Wing and Air Combat Command. The photo shows how close the radome is to the runway surface.
E-8A Joint STARS prototype N770JS (c/n 19626, serial number 86-0416) at RAF Mildenhall, UK on a transit stop from Riyadh after service in Operation Desert Storm in late February 1991. N770JS was one of three development aircraft used by Northrop-Grumman.
Tail markings of Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Air Control Wing feature a ‘GA’ tail code and a black fin flash, outlined in red, containing the state name in gold.
An air weapons officer, tracks suspected movements on radar during a mission over Iraq on September 1, 2008. The flight marked 40,0 combat hours supporting the Global War on Terror by the 116th Air Control Wing.
The Rafales AESA was thoroughly tested on Mirage 2000B s/n 501, which was modified a Rafale nose and ballast at the rear.
An aircraft captain signals a command to Cdr Wilson at the end of a flight in CF-03 on November 9, 2014.
F-35C CF-05/‘SD75’, flown by Lt Cdr Ted Dyckman, turns on to final approach for his first arrested landing onboard USS Nimitz on November 3, 2014. This was flight 91 for aircraft CF-05.
Aircraft CF-03 (flight 184) piloted by Cdr Tony Wilson and CF-05 (flight 93) piloted by Lt Cdr Dyckman wait for launch from the bow catapults of the USS Nimitz.
Aircraft CF-05 on a port side deck elevator immediately forward of the ship’s island.
Aircraft CF-05 approaches the flight deck with Cdr Christian Sewell at the controls.
F-35C CF-03 taxiing to its parking position after Cdr Tony Wilson completed its 189th flight on November 8, 2014.
CF-05 catches the number two wire in the hands of Cdr Elliott Clemence, at the end of the aircraft's 95th flight on November 5, 2014.
Aircraft CF-05 launches on its 101st flight, with Elliot Clemence in the cockpit, on November 12, 2014. This was a high-energy launch from catapult four.
The catapult officer signals to the flight deck crew as the aircraft's nose bar engages with the shuttle on catapult two.
The shooter’s view across the deck of aircraft CF-03 on catapult two from inside the integrated Catapult Control System.
A perfect three-wire trap on November 12, 2014 by Cdr Sewell, following an approach under high-wind conditions.
The F-35C test team aboard the USS Nimitz on November 14, 2014 after the conclusion of DTI.
Cdr Clemence gives signals a ‘thumbs up' to the flight deck crew after catching the number two-wire on the USS Nimitz on November 5, 2014.
The F-35’s windshield and canopy showing the embedded charges activated in the event of an ejection.
M39's pilot goes through the final check under the careful watch of two Flottille 12F engineers.
This Rafale leaves the catapult in dry power. Such is its power that the afterburner is only needed for heavy configurations.
An engineer is cleared by hand signals to come closer to Rafale M39.
The Rafale has now ome the full omnirole fighter once envisaged by French decision-makers.
The French Carrier Group trained with AESA-equipped Rafales for the first time during exercise Catamaran 2014. Here, M39 is marshalled towards the waist catapult.
An engineer cleans the HUD of Rafale M37 prior to a training mission from the Charles de Gaulle.
Three Rafales being prepared for the next cycle. Once at sea, the Charles de Gaulle's fighters always fly at a sustained rate.
Rafale M17 is towed towards a new parking spot between two waves of flying.
Rafale M40 is equipped with DDM-NG detectors on the side of the fin.
Rafale M17 lines up on the catapult.