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One of only two surviving Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmoviks was the star of the show for many.
Eight A-10Cs from Michigan Air National Guard's 127th Fighter Wing based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base transited RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk on May 31 - June 1, 2018 on their way to Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia. A specially marked Thunderbolt II 81-0994/MI commemorates the unit's World War Two history when it flew the type's namesake, the P-47D Thunderbolt.
Commando Merlin HC4 ZJ129/N during the ceremony.
Bell 206B3 D-HMFC (c/n 3067), one of six used by Motorflug Baden-Baden GmbH under contract to the German Ministry of Defence for basic flight training of student helicopter pilots during their course with the Heeresfliegerwaffenschule (School of Army Aviation) at Buckeburg, Germany.
Shipboard testing of Canada’s CH-148 Cyclone helicopter was carried out in the waters off Nova Scotia between 2010 and 2017. This photo shows CH-148 Cyclone 148824 landing on HMCS Halifax off the coast of Nova Scotia.
On June 10, 2018, the Ejercito del Aire's Academia General del Aire (Spanish Air Force Academy) staged an air show to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Flypasts featuring former and current aircraft operated by the Academia General del Aire took place off the coastline near San Javier Air Base, including a North American T-6G Texan and a Beechcraft T-34A Mentor belonging to the Fundacion Infante de Orleans flying museum. This photo shows a current Academia General del Aire CASA C-101 leading an historical and unique formation comprising a T-6G, T-34A and a ENAER T-35 Tamiz.
The COMAO demo on the final day included this formation of a A400M Atlas and two Tornados.
The unique NASA/DLR Boeing 747SP N747NA (c/n 21441) Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) taxiing at Hamburg in May 2018 following the completion of an extended period of C-check maintenance. The aircraft, which carries a 17-tonne telescope, has returned to the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center.
Airbus showcased the unique A340-400 F-WWAI, its Flight Lab for the BLADE programme.
The largest aeroplane in the world, the unique Antonov An-225 seen here on departure, dominated the static display.
One of six Guizhou Aircraft Industries Corporation of China FTC-2000 trainer jets at Wadi Seidna Air Base on May 16, 2018 at a ceremony to mark their delivery to Sudan.
An upcoming need to replace ageing midsize airliners, such as this Delta Air Lines Boeing 767, photographed on approach to London Heathrow, could become one of the key battlegrounds in the commercial aircraft market.
An Estonian soldier is hoisted up to a US Air Force CV-22 Osprey, assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Wing based at RAF Mildenhall, UK, during fast rope training.
AIRBUS RECENTLY added five new operators to the A320neo (new engine option) operator base after Iberia, Jazeera Airways, Loong Air, Philippine Airlinesand Royal Brunei Airlines received their first A320neo or A321neo.
The first two operational US Navy MQ-4C Triton aircraft, BuNo 168460 and BuNo 168461, in the newly refurbished hangar at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, with VUP-19 insignia applied to their vertical stabilisers.
MORE BOEING 787 Dreamliners are to be used for the low-cost long-haul niche after Japan Airlines (JAL) announced a plan to set up a new business unit in the market.
Team SkyGuardian Canada is a similar initiative to the industry partnership GA-ASI has formed with Australian industry for the Australian Defence Force's Project Air 7003, announced at the 2017 Avalon Air Show.
Maintenance crews prepare NASA’s Ikhana at the Armstrong Flight Research Centre on June 12, 2018, ahead of its test flight to validate key technologies and operations necessary for UAV operations in civil airspace.
The COMAO demo on the final day included this formation of a A400M Atlas and two Tornados.
A new UK operator is JOTA Cargo, which will operate a fleet of four former ASL Airlines BAE 146-300QT freighters on aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance charter work. Here G-JOTE c/n E3182 (ex-ASL Airlines EC-MFT) arrives at its Southend base after repainting by Air Livery at Norwich.
On June 10, 2018, the Ejercito del Aire's Academia General del Aire (Spanish Air Force Academy) staged an air show to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Flypasts featuring former and current aircraft operated by the Academia General del Aire took place off the coastline near San Javier Air Base, including a North American T-6G Texan and a Beechcraft T-34A Mentor belonging to the Fundacion Infante de Orleans flying museum. This photo shows a current Academia General del Aire CASA C-101 leading an historical and unique formation comprising a T-6G, T-34A and a ENAER T-35 Tamiz.
The first Falcon 2000MSA for the Japanese Coast Guard, N332FJ (c/n 332), at Waco, Texas on April 6, 2018 where it is being modified with special mission equipment by L3 and Thales.
Rolls-Royce has developed the Pearl engine rated at 15,100lb thrust specifically for the Global 5500 and 6500.
Bombardier Business Aircraft President and CEO David Coleal with the Global 6500.
Bombardier surprised the business aviation community with the launch of the Global 5500 and 6500 aircraft.
Legacy 450 N801EE photographed at Avalon in Australia. This model is priced at $16.6 million and capable of carrying up to eight passengers.
Embraer set a world speed record with its Legacy 450 business aircraft, flying between Portland, Maine, and Farnborough in the UK on March 7, 2018, in six hours and five minutes and at an average speed of 521.89 mph.
Twin Otter Series 400s have been produced by Viking Aircraft since 2008 and the company is planning further improvements.
The German parliament has approved a contract for the Bundeswehr to operate five Heron TPs.
A second Irkut MC-21-300 has joined the new Russian airliner's flight test programme. The aircraft, numbered 73053 (c/n 21003), flew on May 12, 2018 from the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, the affiliate of Irkut Corporation (a UAC member). The results generated by the first test aircraft, which started test flights in 2017, were taken into account in the production of the second jet. A third MC-21-300 airframe is being used for static tests and three more test aircraft are being built at Irkutsk.
One of Air Italy's new aircraft is Airbus A330-202 EI-GFX (msn 571), formerly operated by Qatar Airways, the 49% shareholder in the recently rebranded Italian carrier.
Heliswiss International AS332C1 Super Puma HB-XVY visited Elstree in May 2018 to lift heavy power equipment for installation in a London building.
Seen here at its home base Betera on June 2, 2018 is AS532AL HU.27-01/ET-668 (c/n 2733), the first of four Cougars ordered in 2006 by the Spanish MoD to equip the battalion.
The Airbus C295MPA variant has been sold to countries that include Oman (pictured here at Seville, prior to delivery in October 2015) and Chile.
Voyager KC2 ZZ335 leading the formation of four F-35B Lightning IIs en-route to RAF Marham on June 6, 2018.
The first Republic of Korea Air Force Airbus A330-243 Multi Role Tanker Transport, serial number 18-001 (msn 1787), resumed test flights from Getafe, Madrid on June 15, 2018. Following painting in its Republic of Korea Air Force light grey colour scheme at Manching, Germany, the aircraft arrived at Getafe on June 8 before making two short test flights on June 15.
Seen landing at Getafe after a 3.5-hour test flight on May 31, 2018 is Airbus A330MRTT EC-332 (c/n MRTT034, to be registered 761 when in service with the Republic of Singapore Air Force). It wears special colours to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
Two Kawasaki P-1s deployed to ILA via a two-day visit to Germany's Nordholz Naval Air Station.
One of the Kawasaki P-1s provided cover from the rain in the static park. Two deployed to ILA from Atsugi Naval Air Station near Tokyo.
The first ACH130 delivered since the launch of Airbus Corporate Helicopters in 2017 has been acquired by an un-named customer but will be operated by Monaco's Monacair.
Chad's two Cessna 208B Grand Caravan ISR aircraft at Adji Kossei Air Base in N'Djamena, Chad.
On June 10, 2018, the Ejercito del Aire's Academia General del Aire (Spanish Air Force Academy) staged an air show to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Flypasts featuring former and current aircraft operated by the Academia General del Aire took place off the coastline near San Javier Air Base, including a North American T-6G Texan and a Beechcraft T-34A Mentor belonging to the Fundacion Infante de Orleans flying museum. This photo shows a current Academia General del Aire CASA C-101 leading an historical and unique formation comprising a T-6G, T-34A and a ENAER T-35 Tamiz.
The prototype Royal Thai Air Force F-5F Super Tiger 21105 during its roll-out ceremony. The RTAF plans to modify 14 F-5s to F-5ST standard.
The first deliveries of aircraft from Air Baltic's order for up to 60 more Bombardier CS300s are due in Q4 2019.
On June 10, 2018, the Ejercito del Aire's Academia General del Aire (Spanish Air Force Academy) staged an air show to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Flypasts featuring former and current aircraft operated by the Academia General del Aire took place off the coastline near San Javier Air Base, including a North American T-6G Texan and a Beechcraft T-34A Mentor belonging to the Fundacion Infante de Orleans flying museum. This photo shows a current Academia General del Aire CASA C-101 leading an historical and unique formation comprising a T-6G, T-34A and a ENAER T-35 Tamiz.
This Armee de l'Air C-130J-30, serial number 5836/61-PO, supported the French contingent; delivered in December 2017 this was the first opportunity for a French C-130J to attend the event.
Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A321-211 G-TCVB (msn 5606) currently wears a hybrid livery that blends the Thomas Cook branding with the colours of its previous operator, the now-defunct Monarch.
Piaggio's P1HH HammerHead recently completed test flights using satellite control.
Dash 8 Q400 G-JECY (c/n 4156) is one of 52 examples of the turboprop operated by Flybe, which is divesting most of its regional jets to focus on the type.
The first CH-53K King Stallion lands at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina on May 16, 2018. The aircraft's delivery to MCAS New River marked another on-time milestone for the US Marine Corps' future heavy-lift helicopter programme. Personnel with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1) will bring the CH-53K into a supportability test plan, where they will conduct a logistical assessment on the maintenance, sustainment and overall logistics support of the King Stallion.
Lockheed Martin displayed the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion, with an eye to obtaining an order from Germany.
Voyager KC2 ZZ335 leading the formation of four F-35B Lightning IIs en-route to RAF Marham on June 6, 2018.
Run and break for landing on the rebuilt runway at RAF Marham during the evening of June 6, 2018. OC 617 Squadron, Wing Commander John Butcher is shown making the break.
UK F-35B Lightning Iis ZM145, ZM146, ZM147 and ZM148 in formation over England on their delivery flight from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina.
The F-35’s one-piece, forward-opening windshield and canopy gleens in the evening sunlight as ground crew open the aircraft's maintenance interface panel (to the left) and the crew access ladder panel (to the right).
Voyager KC2 ZZ335 leading the formation of four F-35B Lightning IIs en-route to RAF Marham on June 6, 2018.
Run and break for landing on the rebuilt runway at RAF Marham during the evening of June 6, 2018. OC 617 Squadron, Wing Commander John Butcher is shown making the break.
A Royal Navy commander chats with one of the four pilots who delivered the first four UK F-35Bs from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina to RAF Marham in Norfolk.
Two F-35B Lightning Iis taxi for the first time from RAF Marham's new runway 01/19 on June 6, 2018. The rebuilt 1,855m (6,086ft) runway was used for the first time a week before by one of the based Tornado GR4s.
UK F-35B Lightning Iis ZM145, ZM146, ZM147 and ZM148 in formation over England on their delivery flight from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina.
Approaching runway 01 for short, rolling landings. This style of landing had not previously been conducted by multiple F-35Bs in the UK before June 6, 2018.
The F-35B’s three-bearing swivel module points downward during the aircraft's approach, in this case during a short, rolling landing. The immense power generated by the aircraft's F135 engine and the resultant exhaust plume blew dust and debris close to, but not on, the runway, all around creating an interesting backdrop to the photo.
The F-35B’s shutdown process involves checking many of the aircraft’s systems including the 50-inch (1.27m) titanium lift fan door on top of the fuselage.
Two H145Ms from the Luftwaffe's Hubschraubergeschwader 64 based at Holzdorf formed part of the Bundeswehr flying demo.
The first Diamond DART-550 OE-VGY minutes before its first flight in May 2018.
The nose of the first Airbus Beluga XL F-WBXL was lifted off the ground by around lift (3.5m) during the Ground Vibration Test to determine the aircraft's empty-weight centre of gravity.
EmbraerX's eVTOL concept is the first of several the company is working on, together with companies like Uber, to explore the future urban air taxi role.