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Beriev A-50 Mainstay, side number 50, with a MiG-31 Foxbat over Moscow on a May day parade flypast.
During the first year of Operation Shader, Tornado GR4s conducting missions over Iraq were refuelled by coalition tankers including Royal Australian Air Force KC-30s.
A Merlin HC3A lands in degraded visibility.
Using a Mobile Air Operations Team's tracked, all-terrain vehicle (a Bandvagn 206) as a reference point, a Merlin HC3A prepares to conduct a confined landing amongst trees. As the recirculating snow builds behind the aircraft, aircrew have to work hard to safely position the aircraft; if aircrew lose their reference points, the landing is aborted for a go around.
Merlin HC3A ZJ998/AE sat down in deep snow to collect Marines of 3 Commando Brigade.
Marina SH-90 M.M.81599/3-24 lifts from the flight deck of the frigate Alpino (F594).
A Ejercito del Air crew chief marshals P-3M, serial number P.3M-12/22-35, at Naval Air Station Sigonella.
Tornado GR4 ZA449/020 uploads fuel from a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-150 Polaris tanker over Iraq.
Tornado GR4 ZA556/047 landing at RAF Akrotiri after a patrol mission over Syria and Iraq armed with two Paveway IVs and one Brimstone missile; the aircraft made its first flight on September 8, 1981 and its final flight on November 15, 2018.
A Tornado GR4 laden with two Storm Shadow missiles departs RAF Marham.
Two Tornado GR4s, each loaded with two Storm Shadow conventionally armed stand-off missiles, depart RAF Marham during Operation Ellamy in March 2011.
Aircrew and ground crew prepare Tornado GR4 ZA461/026 and live Strom Shadow missiles at RAF Marham prior to an Operational Ellamy mission.
During the first year of Operation Shader, Tornado GR4s conducting missions over Iraq were refuelled by coalition tankers including Royal Australian Air Force KC-30s.
Tornado GR4s ZA587, ZA601 and ZD744 were the last to return to RAF Marham on February 5, 2019. The three-ship made a farewell flypast over RAF Akrotiri.
A Tornado GR4 armed with two Paveway IVs and one Brimstone missile prior to a night mission at RAF Akrotiri in November 2018.
Aircrew walk to their jets at Isafan Air Base.
F-14A Tomcat 3-6061 loaded with two AIM-9 Sidewinder and two AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missiles on final approach to Isafan Air Base.
An E-2D Hawkeye assigned to VAW-126 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Northrop Grumman specifies the E-2D's approach speed as 103kts.
An E-2D Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126 (VAW-126) 'Seahawks' on catapult one prior to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The E-2D is powered by two Rolls-Royce T-56-A427 turboprop engines each rated at 5,100 shaft horsepower.
An aviation boatswain's mate signals for the launch of an E-2D Hawkeye from catapult one of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Hawkeye is the largest aircraft within a US Navy Carrier Air Wing.
An aircraft handler directs the tug driver moving an E-2D Hawkeye aboard the USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75).
Aircraft handlers direct an E-2D Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126 (VAW-126) on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
A computer generated image of the E-2D’s rotodome antenna group.
ТАНТК им. Г.М. Бериева передал ВКС России очередной модернизированный самолет А-50У
After its upgrade to U-model standard, Beriev returned A-50U RF-93952, side number 45, to the Russian Air Force on December 6, 2018.
Beriev A-50 Mainstay, side number 50, with a MiG-31 Foxbat over Moscow on a May day parade flypast.
Following upgrade by Beriev at Taganrog, A-50U RF-50610, side number 42, was delivered to the Russian Air Force on March 28, 2019.
A busy flight line at Isafan Air Base with F-5s, MiG-29s and F-4E Phantoms being prepared for flight.
Tornado GR4 ZA449/020 uploads fuel from a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-150 Polaris tanker over Iraq.
During the first year of Operation Shader, Tornado GR4s conducting missions over Iraq were refuelled by coalition tankers including Royal Australian Air Force KC-30s.
An E-7A Wedgetail uploads fuel from a KC-30A tanker during a mission flown in support of Operation Okra.
Aircrew walk to their jets at Isafan Air Base.
RF-4E 2-6502 assigned to the 31st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on the Isafan flight line.
Despite heavy snow, 847 NAS aircrew including the squadron CO, prepare their Wildcat AH1 ahead of a next live firing mission at Setermoen range. RUBB hangars which house the deployed helicopters are seen in the background.
847 NAS Wildcat transiting to the Setermoen range less than ten minutes' flight time from Bardufoss Air Station. As weather conditions deteriorated and visibility closed in on the range, this aircraft landed in the snow to comply with Clockwork regulations until visibility improved to exceed 1,200m.
A busy flight line at Isafan Air Base with F-5s, MiG-29s and F-4E Phantoms being prepared for flight.
US Navy P-8A Poseidon BuNo 168764 flown by Patrol Squadron 26 drops a sonobouy while hunting a submarine.
A US Navy Air Warfare Officer assigned to Patrol Squadron 26 removes a sonobouy from the rack in the aft cabin.
F-4E 3-6528 takes off from Isafan loaded with three AGM-65A Maverick air-to-ground missiles.
Smoke plumes from an AGM-65A Maverick missile fired from a F-4E Phantom over the Anarak range.
An IRIAF crew chief checks a weapon pylon loaded with two AGM-65A Maverick air-to-ground missiles on an F-4E Phantom.
A busy flight line at Isafan Air Base with F-5s, MiG-29s and F-4E Phantoms being prepared for flight.
Six F-4E Phantoms, 3-6525, 3-6528 and 3-6532 from the 61st Tactical Fighter Squadron based at Yassini Air Base and 3-6665, 3-6666 and 3-6673 from the 91st Tactical Fighter Squadron based at Abdolkarimi Air Base, with their crews on board during preparations for flight at Isafan Air Base.
Aircrew wave to the AIR International photographer at Isafan Air Base. Note how this F-4E Phantom is still adorned with English stencilled markings applied by McDonnell Douglas in the 1970s.
A Royal Australian Air Force technician inspects a Wedgetail at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam during Exercise Cope North 2019.
An E-7A Wedgetail uploads fuel from a KC-30A tanker during a mission flown in support of Operation Okra.
A Wedgetail at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, during Exercise Red Flag 19-1.
Home station ops; an E-7A takes off from RAAF Base Williamtown. The radome has a 7° pitch, measures 10.82m in length, and weighs 3.5 tonnes.
Maiden flight of the first A-100 at Taganrog on November 18, 2017.
The A-100's Premier S-band radar antenna is housed within the rotodome opposite the IFF and radio antenna.