Air International 2005-09
News: Headline, Military, Civil, Accidents
Ilyushin Il-14T EX-1146K (c/n 7343408, ex FLA-01146) seen on June 26, 2005 near Lake Constance during its final flight to Zurich, where it will become the centerpiece of the Runway 34 restaurant, situated just outside the perimeter fence, just southwest of the threshold of Runway 34, to where it was towed on July 7.
Seen on the ramp at Banjul-Yundum International Airport, Gambia, in July 2005 was the Gambian Air Force’s sole aircraft, former Georgian Air Force Su-25 '81 Blue', which arrived at Banjul in April 2004, still in full Georgian markings, but has now had a Gambian flag applied to the fin. To its right are Air Tractor AT-802As DOSA-1 and DOSA-2, which were handed-over to the Gambian Government at Banjul on April 23 after completing a ferry flight from the USA. They will be used for pest control and fire-fighting.
RAF Harrier GR.7A ZD461 ‘51A’ flies over the mountains of Afghanistan during a recent sortie. Deployed to Kandahar since September 2004, the detachment of six Harriers is currently manned by 3 Squadron, which recently returned to Afghanistan for a second tour of duty. Operating in support of both the International Security Assistance Force and Operation Enduring Freedom, the Harriers dropped live ordnance for the first time on May 3, attacking Taliban forces at an unspecified location. In many cases, a 'show of force' flying low and fast over enemy positions has been sufficient deterrent and as of August 10, munitions had been deployed on fewer than 14 missions.
Seen departing Southend on August 1, 2005 for maintenance work at Lasham is new African International Airlines Cargo DC-8-62F 3D-AJG (c/n 46110, ex N8974U of Arrow Air). The aircraft had arrived at Southend from storage at Roswell, New Mexico, on July 20, still in Arrow Air colours, but was then repainted in its new colours by Air Livery.
В 2001 году Оман заплатил 1,1 млрд долларов за 12 F-16C/D Block 50 и вооружение для них. Самолеты модификации D имеют увеличенный по ширине гаргрот, а в состав закупленного вооружения входят ракеты "воздух-воздух" AIM-120C, кассетные боеприпасы CBU-97/105 и противокорабельные ракеты Harpoon.
Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) two-seat F-16D Block 50+ 801 (c/n TQ-1, USAF/02-2123), the first of 12 F-16C/Ds for the RAFO, made its first flight at Fort Worth, Texas, on July 8, 2005 and was formally handed over there on August 4.
US military personnel attempt to remove USAF/437th AW C-17A 01-0196 from the side of the runway at Bagram, Afghanistan, after it ran off the runway on landing on August 6, 2005.
The burnt out hulk of Air France A340-313X F-GLZQ rests in a gully beyond the end of the runway at Toronto-Pearson International Airport, Canada, after overshooting on August 2, 2005. Remarkably, all passengers and crew escaped before the aircraft was engulfed by flames.
Boeing 777-35EER B-16701, the first of a total of 12 777-300ERs and three 777-200LRs on order for Taiwan's EVA Air, was handed-over to the airline in a ceremony at Everett, Washington, on July 27, 2005. Wearing a special 777-300ER livery, EVA Air’s aircraft is configured in a three-class, 316 passenger layout.
LAN Chile took delivery on July 28, 2005 of the first of 12 Boeing 767s it has on order, although the aircraft, 767-316F freighter PR-ABD (c/n 34245), has been delivered to LAN's Brazilian subsidiary, Absa Cargo, joining another 767-300F the cargo operator already leases from LAN. A second 767-300F will be delivered to LAN in October and the last of the 12 aircraft on order will follow in October 2008.
Australian Defence Minister Robert Hill announced on July 13, 2005 that two AGM-142E air-to-ground missiles have been successfully fired for the first time from a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F-111C at the Woomera Test Range in South Australia. This marks a key milestone in the test and evaluation programme that will lead to acceptance of the missile into service. This photograph, not released until August 10 but taken on April 28, shows RAAF F-111C A8-148 en route from RAAF Base Edinburgh to a drop zone south of Kangaroo Island with an AGM-142E under the starboard wing during captive carry and drop tests. The aircraft, wearing black and yellow calibration markings along the full length of the fuselage and with 16mm high speed cine cameras mounted under the wingtip and tailplane, has been loaned to the Edinburgh-based Aircraft Research and Development Unit for the AGM-142E trials.
Вооруженные БЛА MQ-5 активно применялись в Афганистане и Ираке. Однако кроме решения сугубо военных задач БЛА Hunter могут решать задачи по патрулированию границ, к примеру - на границе США с Мексикой.
Northrop Grumman’s new multi-mission Hunter unmanned air vehicle variant, the upgraded MQ-5B, lifts off from Libby Army Air Field, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, on August 9, 2005 for its first flight, during which it was airborne for 1hr 6mins. Compared to the earlier RQ-5A, the RQ-5B's wing span is increased from 29ft (8.8m) to 34ft (10.36m), maximum endurance is now 15 hours rather than 12 hours, and operating altitude goes up from 15,000ft (4,570m) to 18,000ft (5,500m). The MQ-5B also features a heavy-fuel engine, improved avionics and an LN-251 inertial navigation system/global positioning system to improve accuracy of target location.
Making a change from the usual fighters in their tiger schemes, French Air Force EMB-312 Tucano 472 ‘312-JQ’ from Groupement d'Ecole 00.312 at Salon appeared at the Kleine-Brogel Spotters Day in Belgium on July 20, 2005 in these tiger markings.
Although the Senegalese Air Force acquired a total of six F27-400Ms, the current status of most of them is unconfirmed and the majority are thought to have been withdrawn from use. At least one of them, 6W-STA (c/n 10564), is however still active and is seen here during July 2005 taxiing out for take off after visiting Banjul, Gambia.
Seen being rolled out of the Air Livery hangar at Southend on August 9, 2005 after respray in the colours of Romania’s Carpatair is former Crossair Saab 2000 HB-IZK (c/n 018), which had the Swiss registration taped back over its new one, YR-SBJ, for its ferry flight to Timisoara, Romania, later that day. It joins five other Saab 2000s and six Saab 340Bs already in service with the airline.
Second prototype Falcon 7X F-WTDA (c/n 02) gets airborne from Bordeaux/Merignac for its first flight on July 5, 2005.
Bell/Agusta BA609 tiltrotor prototype N609TR undertakes its first flight in airplane mode on July 21, 2005.
Delivery to the Polish Air Force of the last of eight C-295M transport aircraft, serials 011 to 018 (c/n S011 to S018), under a contract signed in 2001, was announced by EADS CASA on July 28, 2005. Formal hand over took place at Krakow-Balice Air Base, where the type is in service with 13 Eskadra Lotnicza Transportowego (Air Transport Squadron) replacing the unit's Antonov An-26s.
Appropriately registered Grob G180 SPn Utility Jet prototype D-ISPN makes its first flight on July 20, 2005 from Allgau Airport, near Memmingen, southern Germany.
Seen on the ramp at Banjul-Yundum International Airport, Gambia, in July 2005 was the Gambian Air Force’s sole aircraft, former Georgian Air Force Su-25 '81 Blue', which arrived at Banjul in April 2004, still in full Georgian markings, but has now had a Gambian flag applied to the fin. To its right are Air Tractor AT-802As DOSA-1 and DOSA-2, which were handed-over to the Gambian Government at Banjul on April 23 after completing a ferry flight from the USA. They will be used for pest control and fire-fighting.
Copterline S-76C+ OH-HCI seen shortly after delivery in 2000. The helicopter crashed in the Baltic Sea on August 10, 2005 with the loss of all 14 on board.
Air Labrador has recently leased one of its colourful Beech 1900Ds, C-GLHO, to Toronto/Pearson International-based Air Georgian to fill in on some of its routes in Central Ontario. The aircraft is seen here on May 29, 2005 at Jack Garland Airport, North Bay, Ontario, far from its usual base at Goose Bay, Labrador, departing on a flight to Toronto.
Seen visiting Skopje, Macedonia, on July 28, 2005 is US Navy Gulfstream C-20A 830500 (previously the first USAF C-20A, 83-0500), which is assigned to the USN's Executive Transport Department, 'Catbird', to support the CinC US Naval Forces Europe/CinC Allied Forces Southern Europe and based at NAS Sigonella, Sicily. It was delivered to Sigonella on May 10 last year and was visiting Skopje to bring in Admiral Harry Ulrich, Commander of the Allied Naval Forces southern Europe, for talks with the Macedonian leadership about ongoing defence reforms.
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)/79 Squadron Hawk Mk 127 A27-32 flies over Kakadu in Australia's Northern Territory on July 27, 2005. The RAAF deployed 79 Squadron Hawks from their usual base at Pearce, Western Australia, to Darwin in late July to participate in Exercise Kakadu VII. The multi-national maritime exercise, held in northern Australia, ran until August 12 and involved ten RAAF Hawks and an RAAF AP-3C Orion being deployed to RAAF Base Darwin. Eight RAAF F/A-18s were also involved, operating from RAAF Base Tindal, whilst the bare base at Scherger, Northern Queensland, became a fully functioning airfield during the exercise to house six RAAF F-111s.
The first Hawk Mk 128 for the RAF, ZK010, takes off from Warton, Lancashire, on July 27, 2005 for its first flight.
В 2013 году старые Hornet остаются в достаточно большом количестве в боевом составе авиации ВМС и КМП США, а также стоят на вооружении ряда других стран мира. F/A-18 первого поколения все еще являются важным компонентом боевой мощи авиации ВМС США. Данный F/A-18C принадлежал командиру корабельного авиакрыла и несет контейнер с аппаратурой для управления маневрированием самолета в воздушном бою (ACMI). Данную часть расформировали в сентябре 2005 года.
US Navy/VFA-82 'Marauders' F/A-18C Hornet 163459/'AD-300' climbs to altitude after leaving MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina, on July 19, 2005 for a routine training mission. The aircraft wears a smart new commemorative paint scheme which copies that applied to the squadron's aircraft during their first deployment in 1968 in Southeast Asia, when flying the A-7 Corsair II. Unfortunately, it will not be around for long, as the unit is scheduled to decommission on September 30.
Superior Helicopter LLC's K-MAX N267KA has now been converted to the FireMax firefighting helicopter prototype and is seen here demonstrating hover refilling of its 585 Imp gal tank.
Northrop Grumman’s RQ-8A Fire Scout vertical takeoff UAV undertook a successful test firing on July 22, 2005 of two 2 3/4in Mk 66 unguided rockets during weapons testing at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, where it is seen here during firing of the second rocket. This marked the first successful live firing of a weapon from an autonomous unmanned helicopter.
Sentinel R.1 ZJ691 (c/n 9123), the first to be converted to full ASTOR configuration in the UK, gets airborne from Hawarden Airfield on July 25, 2005 for its first flight.
Winglet-equipped Boeing 737-8FE VH-VBY (c/n 34233), seen here during a pre-delivery test flight from Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington, is the 50th Next-Generation for Australia's Virgin Blue Airlines and was handed over on July 28, 2005, subsequently arriving in Brisbane on August 1. To mark the milestone, achieved in less than five years of operations, the aircraft wears 'VB's 50th Aircraft' titles on the forward fuselage and has been painted in a special 'True Blue' livery, rather than the airline's typical predominantly red scheme.