Air International 2014-04
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Main: Military
B-2 Spirit 88-0328 'Spirit of Texas’ leaving Nellis.
E-3G Block 40/45, serial number 75-0557/’OK’, the latest version of the US Air Force Boeing E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft participated in Red Flag 14-1.
An EP-3E Aries II signals intelligence aircraft like the one in the picture participated in many of the night missions during Red Flag 14-1. The EP-3E at Nellis was configured to Spiral 3 standard which incorporates low-band communication system upgrades, new antenna arrays, and systems used for information operations, which may have been employed for the Red Flag mission scenarios.
F-22 Raptors from the Langley-based 1st Fighter Wing at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, during a temporary duty deployment to the South China Sea super base.
The replacement of obsolete components and the installation of new ones will reduce the helicopter’s weight, an important factor given that it is retaining its current engine.
Representatives from the Spanish Navy, INAER and SENER gathered in front of the upgraded AB212’s first flight on December 17,2013.
Work on installing mission and special equipment to the first upgraded AB212 is currently under way.
The first upgraded AB212 out­side INAER’s Albacete facility.
The AB212 now has a fully-digital cockpit.
The four EFIS screens in the first newly-upgraded Spanish Navy AB212. Information from the Trilogy ESI-1000 and the Garmin GTN-750 are displayed on the centre screen.
A P-3C Orion (similar to the example shown) thought to be a Block Modification Upgrade Program-plus standard aircraft, carrying an AN/APS-149 Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LSRS), also participated in Red Flag 14-1. The LSRS is used to track small targets on land or sea and is able to gather synthetic aperture radar-type images of the targets for analysis. The battle scenarios staged at night during Red Flag 14-1 would have provided ample opportunity to employ the system for target identification.
F-22 Raptors from the Langley-based 1st Fighter Wing at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, during a temporary duty deployment to the South China Sea super base.
A six-ship of F-22 Raptors flying over the White Sands range, near Alamogordo, in New Mexico.
An F-22 Raptor dispenses a flare used for self-protection against infrared-guided missiles.
Air Force Reserve Command’s 44th Fighter Group is a reserve associate unit to Air Combat Command’s 49th Wing.
F-22 Raptor from the Langley-based 1st Fighter Wing at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, during a temporary duty deployment to the South China Sea super base.
F-22 Raptor from the Langley-based 1st Fighter Wing at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, during a temporary duty deployment to the South China Sea super base.
A Raptor pilot taxies his silvery Raptor painted in the Have Glass colour scheme on to the end of runway ramp at Holloman Air Force Base.
An airman signals to the pilot to apply the brakes, ready for the chocks to be placed against the main wheels for final checks, on the end of runway ramp at Holloman.
Airmen read data from the F-22 aircraft on a portable maintenance aid.
An airman pulls a pair of chocks out to the end of runway ramp to park the jet during final checks before take-off.
Airmen use a portable maintenance aid for reference during loading of a AIM-9 Sidewinder missile.
One of the few photos that gives an idea of the J-20’s size compared to other types, with 2002 parked in front of two J-10s.
EA-18G Growler BuNo 166642/’DD500’ (c/n EA-2) was the second prototype built and is currently operated by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31 (VX-31) ‘Dust Devils’ based at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California. Its continued operation configured as a test-bed aircraft fitted with the latest systems is the most likely reason for its participation in Red Flag 14-1.
Also participating in Red Flag 14-1 were two veteran EC-130H Compass Call aircraft. Once pioneers in electronic attack tactics, and used extensively in combat over Afghanistan and Iraq to counter insurgent activity, today the aircraft are back to their primary mission - suppression of enemy air defences. In previous Red Flag exercises Compass Calls have alternated between the Blue and Red force to enable each side to function in an electronic warfare environment.
The third J-20 on its maiden flight on March 1, 2014.
J-20 2002 at CAC’s airfield in Chengdu.
A rare shot of the first two flight-test J-20s parked together.
J-20 2001 at CAC’s airfield in Chengdu.
A low-quality, but rare, image of a PL-10 missile mounted on a J-20.
One of the few photos that gives an idea of the J-20’s size compared to other types, with 2002 parked in front of two J-10s.
Aircraft 2011 during high-speed taxiing tests in February 2014.
J-20 2002 with two drag chutes deployed after landing at CAC’s airfield in Chengdu.
This photo of J-20 2001 at CAC’s airfield in Chengdu, shows the off-centre pitot tube and the configuration of the main landing gear doors when extended.
The third prototype J-20, aircraft 2011, during its first flight on March 1, 2014.
Shenyang’s wind-tunnel model from the early 2000s.
Early drawings of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation’s concept which lost out to Chengdu’s design and an early CAC concept drawing in response to the JXX requirement.
An Iraqi Air Force Lasta-95N at Tikrit. The Lasta provides ab-initio training until students move on to the T-6A Texan II.
The first series production Lasta for the SAF&AD (54012)
An Iraqi Air Force Lasta-95N. Iraq’s aircraft feature under­wing pods for combat training.
The Serbian Air Force & Air Defence colour scheme is a revival of that used by the former Yugoslav Air Force’s training aircraft from the 1970s and 1980s.
The Serbian Air Force and Air Defence's Lasta-95 has glass instrumentation, including the Garmin G500 system.
The Kobac will be offered to the market with a choice of the PT6A-25C or 544kW (730shp) Ivchenko-Progress AI-450C engines.
The mock-up Kobac cockpit, showing the type’s multi-function display for the COIN role.