Air International 2018-12
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Personnel from California Air National Guards 144th Fighter Wing and the Ukrainian Air Force pose for the camera at the opening ceremony of Exercise Clear Sky on October 8, 2018.
Su-27P 56 blue takes off from Starokostiantyniv. This aircraft previously served with the 831st Tactical Aviation Brigade at Mirgorod, but was transferred to Ozernoye to serve in the newly formed 39th ISqTA in 2015.
Su-27PM1 58 blue takes off from Starokostiantyniv Air Base.
B-1B Lancers on the flight line during sunset at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron fly alongside Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s over the vicinity of the East China Sea on October 21, 2017.
A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron is prepared for departure at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The reputable B-1 returned to the US Central Command area of operations in April 2018 to combat Taliban and other terrorist groups after two years of supporting the United States Pacific Command.
Airmen assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron conduct a weapons load training exercise on a B-1B Lancer with inert munitions at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The event involved reconfiguring the aircraft with inert munitions to maintain a high state of readiness. The B-1B Lancer carries the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory and is the backbone of America's long-range bomber force. It can rapidly deliver precision and non-precision weapons including up to 24 AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Munitions.
A B-2 Spirit at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam in January 2017. Close to 200 airmen and three B-2s deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri to support US Strategic Command bomber assurance and deterrence missions.
A B-2 Spirit taxis back to parking at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
B-2 88-0329 ' Spirit of Missouri’, the flagship of the Missouri Air National Guard's 131st Bomb Wing, returns from a training mission, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.
Personnel from California Air National Guards 144th Fighter Wing and the Ukrainian Air Force pose for the camera at the opening ceremony of Exercise Clear Sky on October 8, 2018.
Loaded with CATM-9M, CATM-120D training missiles and Cubic ACMI pods, Californian Air National Guard F-15C 84-0004 seen departing Starokostiantyniv on a dissimilar air combat training mission against Ukrainian Su-27s and MiG-29s on October 12, 2018.
American pilots show a Ukrainian pilot the cockpit of an F-15C.
Painted in commemorative colours to celebrate the 75th anniversary of California Air National Guard’s 194th Fighter Squadron, F-15C 84-0004 deployed to Ukraine to take part in Exercise Clear Sky 2018.
An RAF Nimrod MR2 on patrol in the skies over the North Pole, it is shown with two RN submarines just breaking through the ice.
A KC-10 Extender assigned to the 9th Air Refueling Squadron, based at Travis Air Force Base, California, refuels a B-52H Stratofortress from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, during a readiness training exercise.
A B-52H Stratofortress bomber takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on a mission in support of exercise Pitch Black 2018 in Australia's Northern Territory.
Crew members from the 5th Aircraft Maintenance load an inert Mk62 Quick Strike mine into a B-52H at RAF Fairford, England during Exercise BALTOPS 2015. During the exercise US Navy munition specialists helped to build the mines used by B-52 aircraft deployed to RAF Fairford.
Five inert AGM-86s loaded on a rotary launcher inside the bomb bay.
A crew assigned to the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load inert AGM-86 Air­Launch Cruise Missiles onto a B-52H at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.
A B-52H Stratofortress, deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on a training mission as part of US Pacific Command's Continuous Bomber Presence.
B-52H Stratofortress 61-0004, assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, at Andersen Air Force Base, during the unit's deployment to Guam in support of US Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence.
B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron fly alongside Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s over the vicinity of the East China Sea on October 21, 2017.
Su-27UBM1 70 blue performs flypast at Starokostiantyniv during the opening ceremony of Exercise Clear Sky 2018.
Su-27UBM1 70 blue at Starokostiantyniv just days before its loss on October 9, 2018.
A Ukrainian Air Force crew chief directs an Su-27.
A 35 Squadron C-27J Spartan delivers an air drop load from low-level during Exercise Pitch Black 2018. The squadron performed both air drop and air-land sorties, operating from austere facilities at Batchelor Airfield.
Crews from 176 Air Despatch Squadron load C-27J A34-008, during an engines running turnaround at Batchelor.
C-27J A34-008 takes off from the austere airfield at Batchelor for a local air drop sortie. Two Spartans were based at the airfield, south of Darwin, during the large force employment phase of Pitch Black 2018.
A sequence of shots showing release of an air drop load over the Delamere Air Weapons Range.
The flight crew of 'Wallaby 01' run through pre-flight checks at Darwin, prior to an air drop sortie.
P-8A BuNo 169004/004 commencing engine start on the flight line at Whidbey Island, Washington.
Aircraft BuNo 169009/009 touching down on runway 25 at Whidbey. This particular airframe is the VP-4 commander's machine and sports colour Skinny Dragon markings and the YD tail code.
Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron 4 (VP-4) use a MHU-83 Munitions Handling Unit to load a AGM-84D Harpoon missile onto a P-8A Poseidon aircraft during a proficiency exercise at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan during the squadron's deployment to the US 7th Fleet area of operation.
An aviation ordnanceman uses the controller functions of an MHU-83 to load a AGM-84D Harpoon missile to a P-8A Poseidon aircraft during a proficiency exercise at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.
Aviation ordnancemen assigned to VP-4 load a Mk54 torpedo on a P-8A Poseidon aircraft during a proficiency exercise on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa Japan.
An Aviation Electronics Technician de-ices a P-8A Poseidon at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during VP-4's fleet readiness training.
P-8A BuNo 169329/329 waiting for departure clearance from runway 25 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington.