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QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Targets glimpsed through the roof of Hangar Five at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, following the devastating passage of Hurricane Michael.
Former Armee de I'Air (French Air Force) Mirage F1CR No.606 seen on the ramp at Fort Worth Alliance airport, Texas in late October 2018. One of 63 Mirage F1s acquired from France by Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), the aircraft has been given the FAA registration N606AX for work as a Red Air trainer.
The Australian Army Aviation Corps (AAVn) celebrated its 50th anniversary with a ceremonial parade and display at Oakey and flypasts in Darwin. Sydney and Townsville on October 18, 2018.
The US Army celebrated four decades of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk operations on October 30, 2018.
Tornado GR4 ZG775/AF has been painted in a commemorative paint scheme featuring the squadron markings of IX(B) Squadron 'Bats', the RAF’s original frontline Tornado IDS unit which first equipped with Tornado GRIs at RAF Honington, Suffolk in 1982, to mark the type's retirement from RAF service in March 2019.
An F-22 Raptor inside one of the less damaged hangars at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida following the passage of Hurricane Michael.
Sixteen Boeing 777-300ERs will be in service with British Airways by 2020, lAG’s latest fleet plan shows.
During the roll-out event, the first L-39NG, c/n 7001, was presented as a finished product with ejection seats installed, ready to launch its intense flight-test campaign within a month.
According to Aero's Massimo Ghione, the company is now engaged in talks with 24 potential customers. For those who cannot afford outright purchase of the L-39NG due to budgetary reasons, the company is keen to offer various leasing solutions, including dry leasing aircraft provided by SkyTech.
Aero offers potential L-39CW and L-39ZW customers the option of reusing both the new FJ44-4M engine and avionics in newly manufactured L-39NG aircraft, allowing them to spread their investment in the purchase of the trainer over time.
A look at the upgraded cockpit of the L-39CW demonstrator boasting two multi­functional displays and a HUD.
This low-cost cockpit demonstrator shows the L-39NG's functionality offered by the multi-functional displays and the newly-added HUD.
SAS has applied a decal to Airbus A320neo SE-ROA (msn 7602) promoting 'The Rain', a Danish post-apocalyptic TV series on Netflix.
Leonardo has introduced a heavy-fuel engine and a new data link for its Falco EVO, with further enhancements planned.
Boeing 787-9s are used by Norwegian, one of many airlines offering low-cost long-haul services.
Marines deployed with VMAQ-2 prepare to launch EA-6B Prowlers from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar on September 12, 2018.
BOMBARDIER BUSINESS Aircraft also used the NBAA-BACE show in Florida in October 2018 to confirm that its Global 5500 and 6500 programmes are both on schedule to enter service at the end of 2019.
Icelandair Boeing 757-3E7TF-ISX (c/n 30179) wears a distinctive scheme marking a centenary of Icelandic independence.
Delta Air Lines' current 42-strong A330 fleet, including A330-242 N822NW (msn 1627), will be among the aircraft connected to the Airbus Skywise digital services platform.
Airbus' A330-800neo test aircraft F-WTTO (msn 1888) lifts from Toulouse on its November 6, 2018, maiden flight.
Tunisian Air Force F-5E Tiger Y92511/IJ of 15 Squadron escorted by 34 Squadron Royal Saudi Air Force F-15D 3433 over Bizerte, Tunisia.
China Airlines’ latest Airbus A350-941 is B-18918 (msn 239) sports a hybrid scheme blending the manufacturer's 'carbon' livery with the airline's colours.
Participants in the joint Saudi-Tunisia exercise held at Sidi Ahmed Air Base in Bizerte, Tunisia stand in front of one of the Royal Saudi Air Force's A330 MRTTs that has been specially painted in 'Vision 2030' markings.
The Elbit Systems Hermes 900 will be used for maritime patrol around European coasts.
Iran announced yet another 'indigenous' warplane in late October 2018 when it revealed the HESA Kowsar (Thunderbolt). As can be seen in this image, it bears an uncanny resemblance to the veteran Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter purchased by the Shah of Iran before the Islamic Revolution in the late 1970s.
The Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft photographed during a recent series of flights operated by US Army pilots which demonstrated technologies developed in DARPA’s Aircrew Labour In-Cockpit Automation System.
Airbus Helicopters demonstrated its H135 helicopter to the US Navy at the Naval Helicopter Association's Fleet Fly-in at NAS Whiting Field, Pensacola between October 22-26, 2018.
THE VICTORIA Police Air Wing announced on October 23, 2018, that it will lease three Leonardo Helicopter AW139 helicopters from StarFlight Victoria, together with a Beechcraft King Air 350ER from Skytraders, as part of its fleet modernisation strategy.
The first of two anti-submarine AW159 Wildcat Mk220 helicopters destined for the Philippine Navy captured completing its initial test flight from Leonardo Helicopters' facility in Yeovil, Somerset, on November 1, 2018. A second flight took place on November 5, 2018. A spokesperson for the Philippines' Department of National Defense announced in January 2018 that its two AW159s will be based on two frigates, which are on order from Hyundai Heavy Industries, without further elaborating on weapons and surveillance systems for security reasons. It is expected that the helicopters will be delivered in early 2019.
Tunisian Air Force F-5E Tiger Y92511/IJ of 15 Squadron escorted by 34 Squadron Royal Saudi Air Force F-15D 3433 over Bizerte, Tunisia.
MD HELICOPTERS Inc announced on November 1, 2018, that it has delivered a new MD 530F helicopter configured for the law enforcement role to the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD), Helicopter Operations.
DELTA AIR Lines officially accepted its first Airbus A220-100 N101DU (msn 50020) in Mirabel, becoming the first North American airline to receive the type.
New Osterreichische Luftstreitkrafte DA40NG 3H-DA in the static display at the airport festival at Innsbruck Airport, Austria on October 26, 2018.
South African company CADG launched its optionally piloted Helix at the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition.
A Boeing 767-2C test aircraft, N464FT (c/n 41274), the fourth engineering and manufacturing development (EMD-4) airframe for the KC-46A tanker programme flew from Seattle to Yokota Air Base outside Tokyo, Japan via Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii on October 23, 2018. It departed for home two days later. This was the first landing of the type outside the United States; the flight was designed to test the aircraft’s integrated mission system suite as well as its ability to conduct worldwide navigation, communication and operations. Japan is the first export customer of the type having ordered one jet FOR $279 million in February. According to Boeing insiders, the first KC-46A was expected to be delivered to McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas on October 16.
The modification work to fit the pylon on the 747 that will carry LauncherOne was carried out by L3 Platform Integration.
LauncherOne just before it was attached to Boeing 747-400 N744VG at Long Beach Airport.
JOHANNESBURG-BASED Ultimate Heli has deployed two Bell 412EP helicopters to Juba, South Sudan, to provide humanitarian support to the International Red Cross.
Japan Air Commuter (JAC) recently took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 following the conversion in June 2018 of one of its orders of an ATR 42-600 to the larger ATR 72-600 version. The aircraft has a 70-seat configuration.