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India's MiG-21 Bison is an indigenous upgrade featuring a Russian slotted-array Kopyo radar to enable use of beyond-visual range air-to-air missiles, and a mix of French, Indian, Israeli and Russian systems.
A Su-30MKI, Jaguar and Tejas aircraft flying a missing man formation in memory of Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi.
The four Dauphins have been overhauled in Romania prior to being transported to Djibouti aboard an Antonov An124M-100 transport aircraft.
Heading home; the F-117 flanked on each wing tip by an F-16 from the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center based at Tucson Air National Guard Base.
This highly-cropped frame shows what looks to be a Lockheed Martin Legion pod fitted to one of the F-16s seen over the Panamint Valley.
A model of the Lockheed Martin F-21. If selected as winner of the MRFA
Heading home; the F-117 flanked on each wing tip by an F-16 from the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center based at Tucson Air National Guard Base.
During its operational service life with the active-duty Air Force, the F-117 Knighthawk was rarely seen at 200ft AGL, let alone caught on camera.
Wing tipped toward the camera affords a partial look-down view of the F-117's faceted fuselage surface configuration.
Level at 200ft above the valley floor, LEHI 1 makes one of multiple runs in Panamint Valley.
The pilot of F-117 84-0824 made at least two passes giving the 'shaka' gesture at the AIR International photographer.
A Su-30MKI, Jaguar and Tejas aircraft flying a missing man formation in memory of Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi.
New Hampshire Air National’s 157th Air Refueling Wing divested itself of all its KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft by March 24,2019. The veteran tankers’ replacements, 12 brand-new KC-46A Pegasus are expected to arrive at the unit's Pease Air National Guard Base home starting in the late summer. The flight crew of KC-135R Stratotanker 58-0104 pose for a group photo prior to flying the aircraft to Scott Air Force Base, home of the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Air Refuelling Wing on January 30, 2019.
The tail of SF-260M+ ST-02 has received this commemorative paint scheme.
This camouflaged SF-260 seen at Florennes Air Base has since been painted in the modern grey colour scheme.
India’s Electronics and Radar Development Establishment is offering the Uttam active electronically scanned array radar for future versions of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft.
Tejas LA-5006 is the sixth IOC-standard series production aircraft in service with the 45 Squadron 'Flying Daggers' stationed at Sulur.
A Su-30MKI, Jaguar and Tejas aircraft flying a missing man formation in memory of Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi.
LCA Tejas KH2012 fitted with an indigenous Uttam active electronically-scanned array radar under a transparent nose cone and two Brahmos-NG air-to-surface missiles loaded under the wing.
Model debut of the LCA Navy Mk2, which features two small tail plane surfaces fitted to the lower part of the engine nacelle, the position that on earlier models displayed at Aero India housed leading-edge vortex controllers.
Differences to the aerodynamic configurations of the LCA Navy Mk1 and Mk2 (at the rear) include leading-edge vortex controllers on the wing of the Mk1 and small control surfaces on the tail of the Mk2.
The Airbus A380 will not be built after 2021, with efficient twin-jets such as the A350 and 777 having usurped the aircraft.
This photo of the first Boeing 777-9 flight test aircraft rolling out shows the new jet's folding wingtips.
Long-time Boeing 777 operator British Airways has signed an agreement for up to 42 777-9s.
Air Nostrum Bombardier CRJ1000 EC-MXA (c/n 19060), operated for Iberia Express, now wears stickers marking the centenary of the Spanish football club Valencia. The livery depicts all the trophies won by the club during its history, the legend 'Un sentiment etern’ on the fuselage meaning, 'An eternal feeling’.
This Eurowings Airbus A320-214 D-ABDU (msn 3516), photographed on approach to Palma, has recently been repainted in a colourful livery to mark the centenary of the car hire firm Hertz.
Airbus has confirmed plans to ramp-up production of its A320 Family to 63 aircraft per month. The company said last year it was studying the possibility of hiking output of its single-aisle range and it says it is aiming to achieve this rate in 2021. The company said it is "on track" to achieve an interim rate increase to 60 jets per month, up from the current 57/month rate, in the middle of this year.
US Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk 08-035/GF wearing tail markings for the commander of Det 1, 69th Reconnaissance Group based at Anderson Air Force Base on the island of Guam.
A full-scale mock-up of the Triton, complete with Royal Australian Air Force markings and the serial number A57-001, was on display at Avalon 2019.
ETIHAD AIRWAYS has restructured its orders for Boeing and Airbus aircraft, with the Gulf carrier now committed to taking far fewer new jets than previously planned.
EA-6B Prowlers BuNo 162230/CY02 and 162228/CY04 assigned to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 fly off the coast of North Carolina, on February 28, 2019, one of the squadron's last flights prior to its deactivation on March 8, 2019.
Some of the Ejercito del Aire personnel posted to the United States to undergo training with the MQ-9 Predator B pose in front of a US Air Force example. Many of the maintainers trained with the New York Air National Guard's 174th Attack Wing based at Syracuse-Hancock Field.
An artist's rendering of an Ejercito del Aire Predator.
Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia A400 M54-04 operated by 22 Skuadron based at Subang, was leased back by Airbus Defence and flown to Avalon in a bid to woo the Royal New Zealand Air Force with the giant behemoth.
Textron Aviation's Citation 525B N46LW (c/n 525B0532) participated in Avalon 2019 boosting the business aviation component of the show.
A Global 7500 recently flew the 8,152 nautical mile trip from Singapore to Arizona non-stop.
Dassault Aviation's flagship Falcon 8X F-GCDP (c/n 439) is a company demonstrator no doubt made light work of the long journey from Bordeaux-Merignac to Avalon.
During each course there are typically three periods of flying during which students receive the necessary instruction before being assigned to Ejercito del Aire fighter squadrons.
During a period lasting nearly 50 years, Ejercito del Aire F-5Ms have been used to train more than 2,000 fighter pilots. Despite its age, periodic upgrades have given optimum performance to train pilots.
Although its primary mission has always been training, the F-5M maintains a capability to employ weapons, some of which are loaded on aircraft AE9-07.
Within the next five years the Ejercito del Aire will retire its fleets of F-5M Freedom Fighters and C101 Aviojet trainers.
Talavera la Real's flight line, where aspiring Ejercito del Aire fighter pilots undertake their fifth and final year of studies before joining a frontline fighter squadron.
Argentine Air Force pilots have been temporarily assigned to Ala 23 at Talavera for several years.
A colourised composite image of NASA's recent Air-to-Air Background Oriented Schlieren (AirBOS) flights.
An APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar fitted to Northrop Grumman's Sabreliner NA-265 testbed. The APG-83 provides greater target detection and tracking range with faster search and target acquisition, smaller target detection and multi-target tracking.
Leonardo C-27J Spartan AF 002 in full Zambian Air Force colours at Turin-Caselle airport, Italy, on March 15, 2018 during a test flight. The aircraft made its first flight on July 17, 2018, without Zambian Air Force titles and insignia. In September 2015 Alenia Aermacchi (now Leonardo) announced an undisclosed African air force had ordered two C-27J Spartans. In December 2017 Zambian Air Force Deputy Commander, Major General David Muma confirmed the deal. The second Zambian C-27J, AF 003, made its maiden flight on December 27,2018.
Air Serbia’s sole Airbus A330-202 YU-ARA ’Nikola Tesla' (msn 885) has been repainted with a special livery featuring numerous words emblazoned across the tail to promote a Serbian Government campaign called 'Serbia Creates’. The aircraft is pictured departing Belgrade for New York JFK in March 2019.
A HAL Dhruv adapted for ship-based operations with folding rotor blades and a folding tail boom is a contender for the India's Naval Utility Helicopter.
Troops fast rope from a Dhruv Mk III utility helicopter during an assault operation supported by an armed Dhruv Mk IV Rudra.
Upgraded Saras prototype PT1N re­started flight testing on January 24, 2018. The planned Mk2 production version is designed to transport 19 passengers over 430 nautical miles.
The Saras performed a flight demonstration every day.
The A350-1000 will be Airbus' highest-capacity airliner once A380 production ends.
THE PUBLIC weekend of the Farnborough Airshow has been scrapped, with the famous aerospace event now reduced in size from seven to five days.
Special Mining Services will use the Phenom 300E VH-UYX on domestic and international charter operations.
Airbus Helicopters made the engine selection announcement at the Heli-Expo 2019 exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 6, 2019.
The new H135s will be used for a range of roles in Forca Aeronaval da Mirinha do Brasil service, potentially including support for the country's Antarctic programme.
An artist's impression of an AW139 in the colours of the Victoria Police Air Wing. The organisation will receive three such cabs.
Finland has received US government approval to purchase the Boeing EA-18G Growler, together with the F/A-18 Super Hornet if selected for its HX Fighter Replacement programme.
CH-53E Super Stallion BuNo 161282/YJ02 prepares for take off from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, on March 7, 2019.
An artist's impression of an H175 in the colours of China's Rescue and Salvage Bureau of the Chinese Ministry of Transport. The organisation has ordered two such cabs.
Avalon first-timer, the Gulfstream G600. Aircraft N600G (c/n 73005) is one of Gulfstream Aviation's demonstrator jets.
Kaman is developing a new version of the unmanned K-MAX.
Airbus A319-131 G-EUPJ (msn 1232) now wears the famous BEA scheme with the red square.
The retrojets have been painted by International Aerospace Coatings.
Pilatus PC-24 VH-VWO (c/n 105) serving with Australia’s Royal Flying Doctor Service attended Avalon 2019 in air ambulance configuration.
The Schweizer Luftwaffe (Swiss Air Force) announced on February 18, 2019, that it has taken delivery of a Pilatus PC-24 executive jet, for operation by the Confederation Air Transport Service and Lufttransportdienst des Bundes. Aircraft T-786 (msn 21) was handed over on the above date at a ceremony in Berne, in the presence of Pilatus' Chairman of the Board of Directors, Oskar Schwenk and Bernhard Muller, Commander of the Schweizer Luftwaffe. The aircraft was originally ordered in July 2014 and will be based at Bern-Belp, primarily for use on operations within Europe.
Boeing 747-436 G-BYGC (c/n 25923), pictured at a gloomy Heathrow, is the first of four British Airways aircraft to be repainted as retrojets as part of the carrier's centenary celebrations.
The third retrojet was Boeing 747-436 G-CIVB (c/n 25811) which wears the Landor livery used from 1984 to 1997.
The Boeing 737-800SF conversion offers a main deck payload of up to 52,700lb (23,904kg).
F-35A Lightning II A35-009 is one of two assigned to RAAF Base Williamtown with the tail markings of 3 Squadron.
The Royal Australian Air Force was able to burn up the sky with its spirited F-35A Lightning II demo display powered by the enormously powerful Pratt & Whitney F135 turbofan generating 40,000lb of thrust.
ZJ-4630 is the second of three Light Utility Helicopter prototypes which collectively have accumulated 170 flight hours since flight testing began in September 2016.
Ukrainian company Antonov displayed the An-132D tight transport aircraft in a bid to attract customers from southeast Asia.
India's Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft project developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency may go through a major transformation when the winning bid for the MRFA is invited to join the programme in the future.
Artist's impression of the 18-seat BEHA M1H.
As modern unmanned air vehicle designs go, Boeing’s Loyal Wingman has an unusual, but graceful form featuring typical low-observability characteristics; an angular fuselage cross section, narrow air inlets, and cantered vertical stabilisers.
According to Boeing the Loyal Wingman air vehicle measures 38ft in length. Scaling this shot, the depth of the fuselage appears to be in the order of 6 to 7ft and the vertical stabilisers a little closer to 8ft when measured from the fuselage underside.
A selection of artist impressions of Loyal Wingman air vehicles showing the wing, stabiliser and fuselage forms.
5 марта 2019г. на полигоне Юма (штат Аризона) состоялся первый полет беспилотного истребителя Valkyrie XQ-58A.
The XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator during its March 5, 2019, inaugural flight at the Yuma Proving Grounds.