Air International 2013-09
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NH90s usually operate in pairs for CSS missions, but in some cases fly with other types like the A129 Mangusta according to the mission needs.
Naval Strike Air Warfare Center F-16B BuNo 920458/’04', specially painted to mark the Centennial of Naval Aviation, taxies below the Fallon control tower.
An ATAC F-21 Kfir departs Fallon for an air wing sortie.
A two-ship of ATAC F-21 Kfirs depart for the Fallon range.
Italian troops exit an Italian Army Aviation NH90 at Herat in Afghanistan.
The first Italian Army NH90 arrived at Herat on August 18, 2010 onboard a US air Force C-17A.
One of the five Italian Army Aviation NHIndustries NH90s (MM81532/'EI-217') now deployed to Herat, Afghanistan. The International Security Assistance Force has been using the new medium lift helicopters since September 2012 when they replaced Italian Navy Agusta-Bell AB 212ASWs.
Italian Army Aviation air crews concentrated their initial activity on area familiarisation, flying reconnaissance missions day and night, and performing take offs and landings in all conditions at the various bases of the Regional Command West.
NH90s usually operate in pairs for CSS missions, but in some cases fly with other types like the A129 Mangusta according to the mission needs.
Five C-17A flights were required to transport the INH90 quintet to Afghanistan.
During the IOC period, NH90s were checked at an altitude of 7,500ft and temperatures of 26-30°C (equivalent to an altitude/density of 11,000ft). The highest temperature of 45°C were recorded at Farah in western Afghanistan.
A 7.62mm Oto Melara/Dillon M134D Gatling gun fitted to a retractable
Five C-17A flights were required to transport the INH90 quintet to Afghanistan.
The first Italian Army NH90 arrived at Herat on August 18, 2010 onboard a US air Force C-17A.
A B-52 flies through clouds on descent into Andersen AFB, Guam.
(Left to right) SSgt Alexander Wheeler, SrA Anthony Rodriguez, SrA Daniel Babis, A1C Zachary Christy prepare an AGM-158 JASSM missile for loading onto B-52H 61-0012.
Captain Jake Whitlock an electronic warfare officer from the 96th EBS performs a pre-flight inspection on an antenna.
Crew chiefs monitor engine start­up on a B-52H.
(Left to right) SSgt Justin Phillips, SrA Casey Darnell, A1C Derek Cabrera and SrA Luis Sanchez prepare to install a laser seeker on an inert 500lb BDU-50 bomb unit to make a GBU-12 laser-guided training round.
A maintenance crew prepare to push a 96th EBS aircraft back to its parking spot at Andersen AFB, Guam.
B-52H 61-0021 sits at the ready as the crew prepares to launch on a training mission from Andersen AFB, Guam.
Major Michael Hansen a 96th EBS radar navigator conducts a pre-flight check on a AAQ-28 Litening II targeting pod.
A maintenance crew works on the flare canister in the B-52's tail section.
B-52H 61-0019 departs Andersen AFB on a training sortie.
Lt Kyle Fluker a 96th EBS pilot performs pre-flight checks on an engine nacelle.
Major Michael Hansen a 96th EBS radar navigator looks into the AVQ-22 low-light television camera turret during pre-flight checks of the B-52's electro-optical viewing system.
(Left to right) A1C Robert Knife, A1C Charles Ezeike and SSgt Billy Campbell load a parachute onto a B-52 during post sortie maintenance work at Andersen AFB, Guam.
A crew chief enters maintenance details into the aircraft’s logbook after the post-flight inspection.
High over the Pacific Ocean during a training mission out of Andersen AFB, Guam.
A view down the Andersen AFB ramp shows several B-52Hs; closest is the 96th EBS flagship, aircraft 60-0059.
Captain Jake Whitlock an electronic warfare officer from the 96th EBS runs tests on some of the B-52's on board computers as part of standard pre-flight preparations.
Lt Kyle Fluker a 96th EBS pilot manoeuvres his B-52 during a training mission.
On short final to Andersen AFB, Guam.
Captain Robert Jeffrey a pilot with the 96th EBS works through the pre-flight checklist.
Close-up shot of a Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW-117) 'Wallbangers' E-2C Hawkeye on final approach to Fallon.
Students and instructors taxi their CT-4Bs out to Tamworth's purpose-built parallel runways for a morning training flight.
Seen in the old house colours, VH-YCF was one of the original batch of aircraft purchased new by BAE Systems in 1991.
Painted in the new simplified colour scheme, CT-4B VH-YCV undergoes maintenance at Tamworth. BAE Systems is almost completely self-sufficient with regard to maintenance.
The Pacific Aerospace CT-4B Airtrainer is not a new aircraft, but it is perfectly suited to the flight training task and is fully aerobatic.
With the flat countryside of the Tamworth training area below and empty skies above, a BAE Systems instructor flies the CT-4B from the right seat.
A student from the Royal Brunei Air Force is pictured with his BAE Systems Australian instructor before a training flight.
BAE Systems has acquired CT-4Bs from a number of sources and has brought them all up to an identical, if somewhat basic, cockpit configuration.
A rare mixed echelon formation shot of VFA-147 and VFA-154 Super Hornets.
Cdr John DePree, XO (now CO) of Strike Fighter Squadron 154 (VFA-154) 'Black Knights' checks his position before entering the break.
VFA-154's CAG-bird, F/A-18F Super Hornet BuNo 166873/'NH100', over the California desert.
Lt Miller shakes his plane captain's hand after returning to Fallon in an F/A-18F Super Hornet.
F-5N BuNo 761568/'12' of Fighter Composite Squadron 13 (VFC-13) 'Saints' touches down at Fallon after playing Red Air against squadrons assigned to CVW-11.
A rare mixed echelon formation shot of VFA-147 and VFA-154 Super Hornets.
An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147) Argonauts' launches a salvo of Zuni rockets at targets over the extensive Fallon range.
A training missile ready for mounting on an F/A-18E Super Hornet.
A VFA-147 maintainer examines the General Electric F414-GE-400 engines prior to a morning sortie.