Air International 2014-04
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B-2 Spirit 88-0328 'Spirit of Texas’ leaving Nellis.
E-3G Block 40/45, serial number 75-0557/’OK’, the latest version of the US Air Force Boeing E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft participated in Red Flag 14-1.
An EP-3E Aries II signals intelligence aircraft like the one in the picture participated in many of the night missions during Red Flag 14-1. The EP-3E at Nellis was configured to Spiral 3 standard which incorporates low-band communication system upgrades, new antenna arrays, and systems used for information operations, which may have been employed for the Red Flag mission scenarios.
F-22 Raptors from the Langley-based 1st Fighter Wing at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, during a temporary duty deployment to the South China Sea super base.
The first upgraded AB212 out­side INAER’s Albacete facility.
The replacement of obsolete components and the installation of new ones will reduce the helicopter’s weight, an important factor given that it is retaining its current engine.
Work on installing mission and special equipment to the first upgraded AB212 is currently under way.
Representatives from the Spanish Navy, INAER and SENER gathered in front of the upgraded AB212’s first flight on December 17,2013.
The four EFIS screens in the first newly-upgraded Spanish Navy AB212. Information from the Trilogy ESI-1000 and the Garmin GTN-750 are displayed on the centre screen.
The AB212 now has a fully-digital cockpit.
A P-3C Orion (similar to the example shown) thought to be a Block Modification Upgrade Program-plus standard aircraft, carrying an AN/APS-149 Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LSRS), also participated in Red Flag 14-1. The LSRS is used to track small targets on land or sea and is able to gather synthetic aperture radar-type images of the targets for analysis. The battle scenarios staged at night during Red Flag 14-1 would have provided ample opportunity to employ the system for target identification.
An F-22 Raptor dispenses a flare used for self-protection against infrared-guided missiles.
A six-ship of F-22 Raptors flying over the White Sands range, near Alamogordo, in New Mexico.
Air Force Reserve Command’s 44th Fighter Group is a reserve associate unit to Air Combat Command’s 49th Wing.
F-22 Raptor from the Langley-based 1st Fighter Wing at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, during a temporary duty deployment to the South China Sea super base.
F-22 Raptor from the Langley-based 1st Fighter Wing at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, during a temporary duty deployment to the South China Sea super base.
An airman pulls a pair of chocks out to the end of runway ramp to park the jet during final checks before take-off.
A Raptor pilot taxies his silvery Raptor painted in the Have Glass colour scheme on to the end of runway ramp at Holloman Air Force Base.
An airman signals to the pilot to apply the brakes, ready for the chocks to be placed against the main wheels for final checks, on the end of runway ramp at Holloman.
F-22 Raptors from the Langley-based 1st Fighter Wing at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, during a temporary duty deployment to the South China Sea super base.
Airmen use a portable maintenance aid for reference during loading of a AIM-9 Sidewinder missile.
Airmen read data from the F-22 aircraft on a portable maintenance aid.
An A380 undergoing replenishment at Pier 'A' Plus after its flight from San Francisco
Lufthansa tries to get both international and short-haul flights onto gates at Terminal 1, represented here by an A340 parked next to an A320.
An Airbus A340 being prepped at the hub for yet another important flight.
Recent years have seen the airline deepen its commitment to the oneworld alliance.
One of the few photos that gives an idea of the J-20’s size compared to other types, with 2002 parked in front of two J-10s.
Tests using the DLR’s A320-232 Advanced Technology Research Aircraft found vortex generators underneath the aircraft eliminated two noise tones.
Lufthansa tries to get both international and short-haul flights onto gates at Terminal 1, represented here by an A340 parked next to an A320.
Owing a stake in Jetstar Japan gives JAL a presence in the low cost airline market.
A Sharklet-equipped Air France A320ceo coming into land at Amsterdam-Schiphol.
For low-fare airlines, like Jetstar, minimising costs is especially important.
Tigerair was one of the first airlines to go for the 'production retrofit’ option to install Sharklets on its A320ceos.
AirAsia was the first airline to fit Sharklets to its A320ceos.
Lufthansa’s A320ceos are now receiving both Sharklets and the DLR-developed vortex generators.
Spanish budget airline Vueling was the first European carrier to introduce Sharklets on its A320ceos.
NASA’s two Global Hawks on the ground at Edwards AFB.
NASA’s RQ-4s routinely operate at up to 62,300ft (19,989 m) on HALE missions.
One of the two NASA RQ-4s operating at altitude.
A tropical storm as seen during a HS3 Mission.
A NASA RQ-4A landing at Edwards AFB, California, after completing a mission over the Atlantic Ocean as part of HS3.
NASA Goddard support scientist Patrick Selmer installs cables during the installation of the Cloud Physics Lidar into a NASA Global Hawk for the HS3 mission.
The Scanning High-Resolution Interferometer Sounder system, used for the HS3 mission, mounted on the bottom of a NASA RQ-4A.
JAL was the second operator of the 787-8.
An order for 31 A350s, placed in autumn 2013, marks a major change from JAL's Boeing-dominated fleet.
EA-18G Growler BuNo 166642/’DD500’ (c/n EA-2) was the second prototype built and is currently operated by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31 (VX-31) ‘Dust Devils’ based at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California. Its continued operation configured as a test-bed aircraft fitted with the latest systems is the most likely reason for its participation in Red Flag 14-1.
Also participating in Red Flag 14-1 were two veteran EC-130H Compass Call aircraft. Once pioneers in electronic attack tactics, and used extensively in combat over Afghanistan and Iraq to counter insurgent activity, today the aircraft are back to their primary mission - suppression of enemy air defences. In previous Red Flag exercises Compass Calls have alternated between the Blue and Red force to enable each side to function in an electronic warfare environment.
This photo of J-20 2001 at CAC’s airfield in Chengdu, shows the off-centre pitot tube and the configuration of the main landing gear doors when extended.
A rare shot of the first two flight-test J-20s parked together.
One of the few photos that gives an idea of the J-20’s size compared to other types, with 2002 parked in front of two J-10s.
J-20 2001 at CAC’s airfield in Chengdu.
J-20 2002 at CAC’s airfield in Chengdu.
The third prototype J-20, aircraft 2011, during its first flight on March 1, 2014.
The third J-20 on its maiden flight on March 1, 2014.
Aircraft 2011 during high-speed taxiing tests in February 2014.
J-20 2002 with two drag chutes deployed after landing at CAC’s airfield in Chengdu.
A low-quality, but rare, image of a PL-10 missile mounted on a J-20.
Shenyang’s wind-tunnel model from the early 2000s.
Early drawings of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation’s concept which lost out to Chengdu’s design and an early CAC concept drawing in response to the JXX requirement.
The first series production Lasta for the SAF&AD (54012)
The Serbian Air Force & Air Defence colour scheme is a revival of that used by the former Yugoslav Air Force’s training aircraft from the 1970s and 1980s.
An Iraqi Air Force Lasta-95N. Iraq’s aircraft feature under­wing pods for combat training.
An Iraqi Air Force Lasta-95N at Tikrit. The Lasta provides ab-initio training until students move on to the T-6A Texan II.
The Serbian Air Force and Air Defence's Lasta-95 has glass instrumentation, including the Garmin G500 system.
The Kobac will be offered to the market with a choice of the PT6A-25C or 544kW (730shp) Ivchenko-Progress AI-450C engines.
The mock-up Kobac cockpit, showing the type’s multi-function display for the COIN role.
The Skylon is intended to be light, reusable and operable from conventional airports.
The distinctively shaped Skylon will be 84 m (275 ft) long.
An impression of a Skylon re­entering the atmosphere - the vehicle is designed to be re-useable and to fly anywhere in the world in four hours.
Ten main features of the British Skylon spaceplane which also gives an indication of the physical scale of the concept
The Skylon will feature a hybrid engine which will operate in both air-breathing mode and as a rocket.
The new Pier 'A' Plus at Frankfurt features two levels of gates.
The impressive flight control tower, flanked by “feeding" aircraft.
A Lufthansa Boeing 747 about to depart Frankfurt.
An artist's impression of how the Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglet will look on a Thomson Airways Boe­ing 737-800.
Boeing and Airbus are both seeking fuel savings with their efficiency improvements to the 737NG and A320ceo.
Boeing is working on a number of structural and systems improvements to the 737NG to reduce its fuel burn.
Blended Winglets on a line-up of KLM Boeing 737-800s.
The airline's Boeing 737s will begin receiving the New Sky interior from May 2014.