Air International 2005-12
??? - RAF Squadrons Celebrate 90 Years /Military/
A Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 was the largest RAF aircraft to be adorned with 90th anniversary markings this year. The E-3 fleet is pooled between 8 and 23 Squadrons, as a result this aircraft, ZH103, wears the commemorative markings for the former unit on the port side of the fin, and on the starboard side for the latter.
Despite the fact that 16 (R) Squadron was disbanding on March 11, 2005, the Operational Conversion Unit commemorated its 90th anniversary by applying a special paint scheme to Sepecat Jaguar GR.3A, XX117.
Lossiemouth-based 14 Squadron was formed by the Royal Flying Corps on February 3, 1915, at Shoreham in West Sussex, flying Maurice Farman S.11s and Martinsyde S1s. The unit now flies Tornado GR.4s - as illustrated by aircraft, ZG756, seen wearing this anniversary colour scheme.
As well as featuring the colours and fox from its squadron badge, 12 Squadron also applies its motto 'Leads the Field' to the tail of Tornado GR.4, ZA543 ‘FF’.
This Panavia Tornado GR.4A, ZA401, of 13 Squadron was specially painted to mark the unit’s 90th anniversary.
An AH-64A Apache from Task Force 1/151st Aviation Attack Battalion, a US Army unit supporting the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) in Iraq, is seen over the Euphrates River in April this year.
This Alouette III was used to simulate a mountain rescue, note the two people hanging below the helicopter on the hoist.
The event was opened on both days by a Eurocopter AS.532UL Cougar, which ejected 128 flares using its RUAG Aerospace ISSYS self-protection system.
Apache’s upgraded to Block III standard will have an improved capability Longbow radar and the ability to communicate better with other friendly forces in the air and on the ground.
This photograph taken during the Patrouille Suisse display gives an idea of the stunning location in which Axalp takes place.
A Swiss Air Force Northrop F-5E Tiger II, s/n J-3068, firing its two nose-mounted 20mm M39 cannon. A total of 280 rounds of ammunition can be carried for each gun: firing is at 4 rate of 1,500 rounds a minute.
Both Leeming Tornado F.3 squadrons celebrated 90th anniversaries this year and each painted an aircraft to mark the occasion. The aircraft pictured belongs to 11 Squadron, which disbanded on October 31, 2005.
Boeing F/A-18 Hornets played a major role in the Axalp air power demonstration. The type demonstrated the interception of an ’unidentified aircraft’ and carried apt gun attacks on a range target.