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The Lotnictwo Marynarki Wojennej will replace its existing Mil Mi-14PL and Mi-14PS Haze helicopters with four new Leonardo AW101s from 2022.
Almost loaded to the hilt. Block 52 F-16C 91-0409 on final approach to Leeuwarden loaded with two CATM-120 AMRAAMs (wing tip rails), one CATM-9 Sidewinder (left underwing), an ACMI round (right underwing), an ASQ-213 (left air inlet), an AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pod (right air inlet), and an ALQ-184 electronic countermeasures pod on the centreline hard point.
Dark grey metallic shades of the Have Glass V paint illuminated by the spring sunshine at Leeuwarden.
An E-2D Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121 (VAW-121) 'Bluetails' performs an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
Russian helicopters hope the establishment of a local maintenance centre for its Kazan Ansat helicopter, to be developed in co-operation with Craft Avia Centre, will boost regional sales.
Russian Helicopters recently demonstrated a Mil Mi-171 helicopter, fitted with Klimov VK-2500-03 engines under high altitude conditions to Civil Aviation Administration of China authorities.
Seen here taking-off from Albacete Air Base, Spain, after a fuel-stop on its return journey from Morocco to France in mid-April 2019, is 46-year old ALAT Aerospatiale SA330B Puma 1231/DDK.
The Australian Army's Tiger ARH has matured into a potent weapons system and in 2018 the fleet of 22 helicopters flew the highest annual rate of effort on record.
Condor Airbus A320-211 D-AICA (msn 774) has returned to its retrojet livery, having spent several months in a hybrid Condor/Air Transat livery while on lease.
Research is underway into graphene's potential for aerospace.
WestJet introducing Boeing 787-9s on routes to Europe from Calgary, including C-GUDO (c/n 64976) pictured here, has added even more seats to the transatlantic air travel market.
The first picture of the HAWK30 system developed by HAPSMobile.
The third Irkut MC-21-300 flight test aircraft 73054 (c/n 0004) departs Irkutsk bound for Ulyanovsk.
The recently-delivered H215 Super Puma will allow China's SGGAC to expand its operations in remote regions of the country.
F-15E 92-0366/MO has stylised tail markings for the 366th Fighter Wing. The Wing’s 'Gunfighters' name dates to the Vietnam War when the then Da Nang-based 366th Tactical Fighter Wing scored its first MiG kills with F-4C Phantoms armed with 20mm M61A1 cannons housed in SUU-16 pods.
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The Loft is a new cabin feature on Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350-1000s.
The UMS Skeldar V-200 will provide intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance services to the Canadian Armed Forces on domestic and international operations.
Three Northrop Grumman AC-208 Eliminator special mission aircraft passed through Heraklion Airport, Crete, on their delivery flights to Afghanistan on April 10, 2019. The aircraft, N162EL (c/n 208B-5410), N262EL (c/n 208B-5411) and N263EL (c/n 208B-5414), had their Afghan Air Force markings painted out. They had spent several days on their journey from the United States routing via Bermuda, Lajes in the Azores and Jerez, Spain. They continued their journey east on April 12. Orbital ATK, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded an $86.4 million firm fixed-price contract on March 13, 2018, to convert basic Cessna Caravans counter insurgency and reconnaissance aircraft capable of using the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System.
HONDA AIRCRAFT Company announced on April 11, 2019, that its HA-420 HondaJet Elite has received type certification from Transport Canada Civil Aviation. The company says the milestone clears the way for the delivery of the first aircraft to the Canadian market, which was due to begin immediately.
Philippine Navy AW159 Wildcats departing the Leonardo Helicopters manufacturing facility at Yeovil on April 30, 2019, for the short flight to London Stansted.
Bombardier's Belfast plant builds wings for the A220, formerly the C Series.
Preparations for a test flight of the Airbus Zephyr, one of several new solar-powered, high-altitude, long-endurance systems under development.
Two Diamond DA20NG training aircraft, ET-AWT and ET-AWU, were seen passing through Crete in Ethiopian Airlines livery on April 10, 2019. The airline’s training academy in Addis Ababa is known to fly 16 of the type, but the machines seen in Crete were not among those. No orders for additional machines have been announced and neither the Ethiopians nor Diamond aircraft was prepared to comment.
The Arctic is an upcoming test location for the Schiebel Camcopter S-100.
Pictured at Bournemouth is Danish Air Transport (DAT) McDonnell Douglas MD-82 OY-RUT (c/n 49902) after leaving the paintshop following repainting from its previous Meridiana scheme to a retrojet livery marking DAT's 30th anniversary.
The Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM-powered A319neo is the last member of the A320neo range to enter flight testing.
All four British Airways retrojets pictured together at London Heathrow: Airbus A319-131 G-EUPJ (msn 1232) in British European Airways livery and three Boeing 747- 436s: G-BYGC (c/n 25823) in BOAC colours, G-CIVB (c/n 25811) in Negus livery and G-CIVB (c/n 27090) wearing Landor, lined up alongside A319-211 G-EUPU (msn 1384) in BA's current Chatham Dock livery.
The first ACJ319neo is pictured taking off on its maiden flight from Hamburg on April 24, 2019.
The first Airbus AC319neo departs Toulouse on its record-breaking flight of 16 hours 10 minutes on April 26, 2019.
The crew of the record-breaking ACJ319neo flight after their return to Toulouse on April 26, 2019. Left to right: Flight Test Engineer Jim Fawcett, Captain Olivier Falipou, First Officer Georges Myzckowski, K5 Aviation CEO and Chief Pilot Erik Scheidt, Experimental Test Pilot Frank Chapman and Flight Test Engineer Patrice Cadieu.
The first A321neo D-AVNO (msn 7877) fitted with the Airbus Cabin Flex layout to increase capacity to a maximum 240 passengers. Most of the A321neos ordered recently will be delivered with this configuration.
The graphic on the A321LR test aircraft D-AVZO (msn 7877) illustrates this A321neo subvariant’s range capability, but Airbus could be set to launch a further derivative with even longer range.
Canadian carrier Air Transat has received the first of 15 Airbus A321LRs it will use for long-distance flights on thinner routes to European and Caribbean destinations. The aircraft, C-GOIE (msn 8755) is leased from AerCap. The arrival of the A321LR is part of a larger leasing deal Air Transat has with the lessor to convert to an all-Airbus fleet by 2022 as it phases out older widebody and narrowbody aircraft.
All four British Airways retrojets pictured together at London Heathrow: Airbus A319-131 G-EUPJ (msn 1232) in British European Airways livery and three Boeing 747- 436s: G-BYGC (c/n 25823) in BOAC colours, G-CIVB (c/n 25811) in Negus livery and G-CIVB (c/n 27090) wearing Landor, lined up alongside A319-211 G-EUPU (msn 1384) in BA's current Chatham Dock livery.
The continuation of production and development of the Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft is in doubt after financial problems led to shutting the factory in January 2019.
The Boeing 737 MAX 8, pictured here on its roll-out in 2015, has been grounded since mid-March 2019.
A telling photo taken in April 2019, with Southwest Airlines' fleet of grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8s parked at Victorville in California.
Boeing's 737 MAX 8 pictured on its 2016 first flight. The company had delivered 376 at the time of the aircraft’s grounding.
Among the key differences in the 737 MAX are the CFM International LEAP-1B engines and the Advanced Technology Winglets, both visible in this photo as the aircraft departs Renton.
Embraer now describes its E-Jets E2 range, which includes the E195-E2, pictured here on an early test flight, as crossover jets able to be used for different roles.
THE SECOND member of the performance tests and the other Embraer E-Jets E2 family, the E195-E2, has received its type certification from three regulatory agencies: ANAC (the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency), the US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency.
The first air-to-air photo of Stratolaunch, flying during its April 13, 2019, first flight from Mojave Air and Space Port.
A huge wingspan, twin fuselages, six engines, 28 wheels; Stratolaunch truly makes an impression.
At 385ft (117m), Stratolaunch's wingspan is the largest of any aircraft ever built.
Stratolaunch is designed to drop rockets that will put payloads into low-Earth orbit.
Stratolaunch's flight crew reported good handling on the aircraft's first flight.
The MAGMA vehicle on the ground at Llanbedr in North Wales, from where its fluidic thrust vectoring and wing circulation control technologies were trialled.
The last three of 12 Tecnam P2002JF basic trainer aircraft for the Hellenic Air Force arrived at their new base, Tatoi-Dekelia near Athens, on April 5, 2019, five months after the delivery of the first batch. The aircraft, along with a SOFTEK simulator and a computer-based integrated training system were ordered in July 2018. In the first instance the P2002JFs will augment Cessna T-41Ds with 360 Mira Ekpedefsis Aeros (Air Training Squadron).