Air International 2019-08
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Poland could soon become the eleventh member country in the NATO Tactical Leadership Programme, based on information announced during TLP 19-2.
Block 30 F-16C 86-0298/AK of the 18th Aggressor Squadron during a mission flown from Eielson in support of Red Flag-Alaska 19-2.
Block 30 F-16C 86-0270/AK of the 18th Aggressor Squadron painted in the black-grey-grey arctic scheme.
Block 30 F-16C 86-0290/AK carries special tail marking's for the squadron commander, and the new splinter-style arctic colour scheme.
Black-tan-green are the colours used in what is dubbed BDU splinter, the latest paint scheme applied to 18th Aggressor Squadron jets based at Eielson.
A three-ship formation of 18th Aggressor Squadron F-16s showing a variety of paint schemes applied to the unit's jets.
The Elliniki Polemiki Aeroporia (Hellenic Air Force) is a regular participant in TLP courses. Course 19-2, included participation by Block 50 F-16-equipped 541 and 347 Mira based at Nea Anchialos.
A top side shot of Block 50 F-16C 86-0298/AK showing the blue-blue-grey splinter colour scheme. The aircraft is seen breaking away from a KC-135 Stratotanker after receiving fuel over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex during a mission flown in support of Exercise Red Flag Alaska 19-2.
A three-ship formation of 18th Aggressor Squadron F-16s showing a variety of paint schemes applied to the unit's jets.
The 18th Aggressor Squadron operates at least one two-seat Block 30 F-16D aircraft, 87-0375/AK, seen in the arctic colour scheme.
HC-130J pilots conduct aerial refuelling with a KC-135 over Iraq, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve
HC-130J 15-5832/AK in position to aerial refuel a HH-60G Pave Hawk.
Aerial refuelling of a HH-60G Pavehawk.
The Whiskey s slim profile is evident in this nose-on shot of HMLA-773's colour bird.
AH-1W BuNo 165285/MM22 from HMLA-773 Det A hovers at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms on recovery from a live rocket shoot.
Ordnance Marines load high-explosive 2.75-inch rockets into a 19-shot pod under the wing of an AH-1W Cobra at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California.
An AH-1W from HMLA-773 Det A departing Joint Reserve Base Naval Air Station New Orleans for a flight to Hurlburt Field, Florida.
An AH-1W and a UH-1Y prepare to depart New Orleans for Hurlburt Field, Florida.
Maintaining aircraft between drill weekends falls on the shoulders of HMLA-773’s active-duty and active-reserve maintainers.
An AH-1W from HMLA-773 Det A at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California during an integrated training exercise.
The two Eurofighter-equipped Ejercito del Aire fighter wings, Ala 11 from Moron and the Albacete-resident Ala 14, participated in course 19-2.
The original G550 aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of more than 41 tonnes and is powered by two Rolls-Royce BR710 C4-11 turbofans each producing 15,385lb/68,44kN of thrust. The CAE-specific performance numbers are unknown.
E-550A MM62303/14-12 on final approach to Gilze-Rijen Air Base in the Netherlands during the 2018 Air Centric Personnel Recovery Operatives' Course.
Given the G550's approximate 8-foot external fuselage diameter, the addition of the side cheeks extends the aircraft's overall width by an estimated 16 inches.
The E-550 is a highly modified Gulfstream 550 business jet. This example, E-550A MM62303/14-12 seen at Amendola Air Base, Italy, has Gulfstream-branded engine covers despite the modification being undertaken by Israel Aerospace Industries and Elta.
Sensors, antenna, radomes and cheeks; the E-550's configuration makes the jet very recognisable. Cheeks fitted to the fuselage sides house fixed active electronically scanned phased array L-band radar/IFF antennas.
The E-550's forward radome houses an active electronically scanned phased array antenna, one of four providing 360° coverage to the dual band radar of the EL/W-2085 system.
So heavily modified is the E-550, it's difficult to recognise the Gulfstream G550 beneath radomes and cheeks fitted for the conformal airborne early warning configuration. Satellite communication antennas and electronic support measure sensors are housed in the tail top fairing.
Electronic support measures are part of the E-550’s electronic intelligence suite and use externally-mounted antennas housed in pods carried on pylons under the outer wings, atop the nose and on the aircraft's fin. Passive in operation, the electronic support measures capture electromagnetic emissions from active systems. The outer wing-mounted pods also house elements of the communication intelligence system.
Equipped with the Honeywell Primus Epic PlaneView flight-deck, Aeronautica Militare E-550 aircrew have a very intuitive cockpit system to fly their high-value machine.
Support aircraft flying on TLP course 19-2 included an Ejercito del Aire Falcon 20ECM electronic warfare and jamming aircraft.
Two crews from Ala 23 based at Talavera qualified in opposing force operations and flew daily missions with their veteran, yet capable modernized F-5Ms.
TLP course 19-2 included participation of Ejercito del Aire CASA C101s and Northrop F-5M flying as part of the Red Air force.
A traditional water cannon salute to welcome the first HC-130J Combat King II at Elmendorf on June 3, 2017.
An Alaska Air National Guardsman assigned to the 212th Rescue Squadron jumps from a HC-130J Combat King II during precision parachute training over Malemute drop zone at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
A Guardian Angel air-droppable rescue vehicle assigned to the 176th Wing, sits near an HC-130J at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.
A maintainer assigned to the 176th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron inspects the main landing gear tyres of a HC-130J at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.
HC-130J 15-5832/AK in position to aerial refuel a HH-60G Pave Hawk.
Alaska Air National Guard personnel offload a vehicle from a HC-130J at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware to support relief efforts after Hurricane Florence in September 2018.
A 211th Rescue Squadron HC-130J approaches a dirt strip after a combat search and rescue training mission during Exercise Red Flag-Rescue 19-1, near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, on May 9, 2019. This regular event gives joint service personnel an opportunity to build fundamental combat search and rescue skills required to fight in and out of contested environments.
Members of the 176th Wing prepare HC-130J 14-5815/AK for take off at the Lockheed Martin facility in Greenville, South Carolina on June 1, 2017. This aircraft was the first HC-130J to be received by the Air National Guard.
An aircraft maintainer walks on top of an HC-130J during an inspection.
A combat systems officer and a load master assigned to the 211th Rescue Squadron navigate the aircraft at the flight deck work station.
Alaska Air National Guardsmen during rescue operations near Sampson, North Carolina on September 17, 2018 that included site surveys, aerial refuelling of an HH-60G which was transporting 212th RQS personnel to assist with recovering isolated flood survivors.
Aerial refuelling of a HH-60G Pavehawk.
HC-130J pilots conduct aerial refuelling with a KC-135 over Iraq, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve
A 211th Rescue Squadron crew prepare to take off from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, to North Carolina for a hurricane relief mission on September 17, 2018.
Civilians rescued from a flooded neighbourhood disembark a Red Dog UH-1Y near Port Arthur, Texas a few days after Hurricane Harvey left much of the area ravaged by floods.
HMLA-773 Det A was the last Marine Corps operator of the UH-1N Twin Huey, which was retired in 2016. The UH-1Y provides additional power, speed, and range, and advanced avionics.
An AH-1W from HMLA-773 Det A departing Joint Reserve Base Naval Air Station New Orleans for a flight to Hurlburt Field, Florida.
Army National Guardsmen offload meals, ready to eat a relief shelter in Port Arthur, Texas during relief operations following Hurricane Harvey.
An AH-1W and a UH-1Y prepare to depart New Orleans for Hurlburt Field, Florida.
UH-1Y BuNo 169107/MM36 from Det A making a dust landing at Hurlburt Field, Florida. The UH-1Y is powered by two GE Aviation T700-GE-401CS turboshaft engine each rated at 1,800shp.
A crew chief mans a 7.62mm M240 machine gun fitted to a pintle mount in the cab door of a Red Dog Huey during an integrated training exercise. Supporting such exercises allows Red Dog crews numerous opportunities to employ live ordnance in dynamic tactical scenarios.
TLP's current priority is to integrate fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft to meet the training requirements of their pilots. US Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs participated in one of the 12 missions of TLP course 19-2.
Both of F-35As, home-based at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, flew to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany after participating in a single TLP mission on June 11, 2019.
F-35A 17-5239/HL takes off from Albacete's runway 27 for a combat search and rescue mission. By 2020, participation of fifth-generation F-35s in combined air operations will be common during TLP courses.
BAE Systems Tempest mock-up at Warton. Under concept development by Team Tempest, the eventual air vehicle remains officially unnamed. What chance that the RAF's next fighter is christened Tempest?