Air International 2018-09
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A Fleet Air Arm Merlin HM2 over the English Channel during a training mission from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose. The eventual 30-aircraft Merlin HM2 fleet is set for a busy schedule littered with a multitude of operational tasking.
A crew chief signals to the pilot to apply the brakes at the parking spot.
In this shot a crew chief releases a panel housing engine oil gauges.
All of the F-16s sent to Lakenheath were fitted with an AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pod.
The commander's jet has a Buzzard's head motif, a stylised code and serial number and the squadron's number embedded in a purple tail stripe.
In this view taken in July 2018 one can see seven Mirage F1Ms parked on the MAESAL ramp awaiting disassembly. The former Qatari Mirage F1DDA two-seater visible amongst them is to be preserved at the Spanish Museo del Aire at Cuatro Vientos.
The entry into service of the Mirage F1M will allow Draken to better support the US Air Force at Nellis Air Force Base as part of the ADAIR (Adversary Air) II contract.
Serial number C.14-04 was one of the first Mirage F1CEs to arrive in Spain, it was upgraded to F1M standard. This aircraft was included as part of the sale to serve as a source of spares for the rest of the fleet.
The package of Mirage F1Ms acquired by Draken from Spain includes 11 aircraft fitted with inflight refuelling probes - in this photo is one of the group, serial number C.14-63.
The work of disassembling the Mirage F1Ms is being undertaken at Albacete with the support of the Ejercito del Aire.
TOP: Packed and ready for transport by road to Valencia port, C14-67/14-39 is seen here on its shipping jig covered by a protective bag.
BOTTOM: After having been disassembled, Mirage F1M C14-70/14-42 is being prepared for the long sea voyage to Florida. In the background is one of the two Albacete Air Base shelters temporarily used by Draken.
During the years that the aircraft were stored at Albacete some equipment was removed for preservation.
C-17 Globemaster ZZ171 lands at Keevil airfield, Wiltshire. Aircraft ZZ171 was the first to be delivered to the RAF in May 2001. Following a heavy operational tempo over the past 17+ years, the RAF's C-17 fleet has burned through its individual aircraft service lives at rates not envisioned when the aircraft were ordered.
The first group of pre-production series AIM-23B Fakkour semi-active radar homing air-to-air missiles at the Babaiee Missile Industries Company facility on July 23, 2018.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force has 62 F-14s remaining in its inventory, but due to cost and financial constraints just one third of them remain operational.
F-14A 3-6060 is one of four Tomcats modified to carry MIM-23B Hawk I missiles under Project Sedjil. This picture was taken in 1992.
A small number of overhauled and upgraded Hughes AIM-54A Phoenix long-range air-to-air missiles remain the the IRIAF's arsenal. The Phoenix missiles will be replaced by the Maghsoud in the 2020s.
The AIM-23B Fakkour is an upgraded MIM-23B Shahin missile formed and shaped like an AIM-54A Phoenix to enable a Tomcat fighter to carry six missiles simultaneously.
F-14A 3-6045 seen in its former colours a year before modernization to F-14AM standard.
Currently, the AIM-7E Sparrow and AIM-9J Sidewinder air-to-air missiles are the primary weapons for the IRIAF's Tomcat fleet.
F-14AM 3-6049 heading back to its shelter after a training flight in February 2014.
The second modernized F-14AM in splinter colors.
F-14AM serial number 3-6049 was the highlight of the 2016 Kish Air Show.
F-14AM 3-6049 on its first functional check flight on January 18, 2012 at Mehrabad International Airport following overhaul and modernization.
A 336 Squadron C-130H participated in last year’s Fighter Weapons Instructor Training course hosted at Leeuwarden Air Base. The Herk not only supported the fighter course but also the Transport Weapons Instructor Training course. C-130H G-781 is seen fitted with two ALQ-131 electronic countermeasures pods; one on each outer, underwing pylon.
To prepare for special ops missions C-130 crew practise unpaved landings at a beach in Denmark.
Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130s have not executed unpaved landings in a way like they did during their deployment in Afghanistan making practise an essential part of the annual pilot training programme.
To practise parachute and cargo dropping a Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130H from 336 Squadron participated in this past winter's Exercise Real Thaw in Portugal.
Loading cargo on to a 334 Squadron C-130H-30 at Kabul back in 2006 as part of NATO's International Security Assistance Force.
This 334 Squadron C-130H-30 is seen waiting at Groningen-Eelde Airport prior to a para-dropping mission over northern Holland.
In 2006 a RNLAF C-130H-30 from 334 Squadron deployed to Kabul International Airport to support Dutch and ISAF troops.
Combined operations between Dutch Herks and AH-64D Apaches are just one option for special ops missions. The helicopters secure an area for the C-130 to land safely.
Para dropping during Exercise Real Thaw in Portugal.
A Puma HC2 captured by the camera in a confined landing area on the Salisbury Plain Training Area.
The RAF's fifteenth Atlas C1, ZM414, was delivered in March 2017; its total fleet will comprise 22 aircraft. This photo shows the two pairs of Ratier-Figeac eight-bladed scimitar propellers on each wing turning in opposite directions; counter clockwise on the outer and clockwise on the inner. Each propeller is powered by an Europrop TP400-D6 engine rated at 11,000shp (8,250kW).
One of the two Bae146 C3 Quick Change aircraft photographed at its home station, RAF Northolt, Middlesex.
Fleet Air Arm Hawk T1 XX240/CU840 with the unmistakable white lightning bolt tail marking of 736 Naval Air Squadron.
In this view taken in July 2018 one can see seven Mirage F1Ms parked on the MAESAL ramp awaiting disassembly. The former Qatari Mirage F1DDA two-seater visible amongst them is to be preserved at the Spanish Museo del Aire at Cuatro Vientos.
Mirage F1 CE.14-87/14-73 was the last of the Ejercito del Aire two-seat aircraft modernized in the year 2000.
Voyager KC2 ZZ337 with the engine reverse thrusters deployed on landing at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.
Combined operations between Dutch Herks and AH-64D Apaches are just one option for special ops missions. The helicopters secure an area for the C-130 to land safely.
Wildcat HMA2 is one of 28 examples based at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset. Aircrew rate the type and are especially appreciative of the much reduced level of vibration experienced during operation by comparison to the former Lynx. Aircrew reckon the two stand out systems are the Selex Galileo Seaspray 7400E radar and its L3 Wescam MX-15Di imaging system.
Hercules C4 ZH866 throws up dirt as its wheel's touchdown on a grass field at Deptford Down, Wiltshire during natural surface landing practice.
The RAF will eventually operate a fleet of 13 Hercules C4s once all Hercules C5 models are retired. This aircraft, Hercules C5 ZH886 has been sold to Bangladesh.
RAF Griffin HAR2 ZJ705 at the Salisbury Plain Training Area.
The third and fourth aircraft, of four F-35Bs, taxi to parking at RAF Marham on June 6, 2018 following the ferry flight from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina. By the time the pilots climbed out of the cockpits they had been in the seat for ten hours.
The UK's fifth F-35B ZM139 (BK-05) at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina. Three UK F-35Bs are expected to remain at Beaufort with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) 'Warlords' for the foreseeable future to support UK and US pilot training.
At rest after its transatlantic ferry flight from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina to RAF Marham on June 6, 2018. An RAF technician watches over his ruggedized laptop plugged into the aircraft maintenance interface panel. The technician is almost certainly using one of the many functions of the Autonomic Logistics Information System as part of the jet's post-flight maintenance process.
This shot shows how close the F-35's transparency and canopy are to the aerial refuelling drogue when plugged.