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No.846 Naval Air Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Lt Col Derek Stafford at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire on September 30, 2014, following the unit's formal stand-up ceremony.
No.846 Naval Air Squadron became a frontline squadron again following its formal stand-up ceremony at RAF Benson on September 30, 2014. On display were two of the Merlin HC3s that transitioned to the squadron.
AgustaWestland AW101 Mk 641 ZR344 (c/n 50251) is one of two destined for the Nigerian Air Force. It will be delivered as NAF280 and is expected to serve with the 101 Presidential Air Fleet at Abuja. The helicopter was noted making what is understood to be its maiden flight at Yeovil, Somerset, on September 19. It was originally due to be handed over to the Indian Air Force (as ZW-3407) to fulfil its WIP requirement, before that programme was cancelled and the airframe reassigned.
A US Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor after strike operations in Syria.
An F-15E Strike Eagle receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over northern Iraq after attacking ISIL targets in Syria on September 23, 2014, the first day of air operations in that country.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Lockheed - P-3B AEW&C Orion N144CS (c/n 5242, ex BuNo 153446) was redelivered on September 23, 2014 after Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) work undertaken by Lockheed Martin. MLU adds new avionics and an update of the airborne early warning system's computers. The aircraft is the tenth of 14 CBP Orions to be modernised, including a mixture of AEW&C and 'slick' aircraft.
A ceremony was held at Manching airfield in Germany on September 16, 2014 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first flight of the Panavia Tornado. Tornado IDS 44+61, from Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 33, was painted to represent the first prototype Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (P01, D-9591), later named the Tornado. The specially-painted aircraft, accompanied by Italian and British examples with 40th year markings on their tails, performed a three-ship formation flypast at the event. P01 completed its maiden flight from Manching on August 14, 1974.
Tornado GR4 ZD844/‘107' of No. 15(R) Squadron acquired special tail markings to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first flight of the then Panavia Multi-Role Combat Aircraft. An event was held on September 16, 2014 at Manching in Germany - from where the prototype made its maiden flight - during which specially-marked German, Italian and British Tornados flew in formation.
Tupolev Tu-95MS Bear-H RF-94122/'20' red (c/n 34666) named Dubna, shadowed by Typhoon ZK317/'ES' on September 16, 2014.
A US Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor after strike operations in Syria.
An F-22 Raptor taxies to the runway prior to strike operations in Syria on September 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria.
A pilot assigned to the 27th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron climbs into an F-22 Raptor at Al Dhafra Air Base. The unit deployed to the US Central Command area of operations in late March 2014.
Airmen prepare to load a 1,000 lb GBU-32 JDAM into the right hand side internal weapons bay of an F-22.
Airmen prepare to load a 1,000 lb GBU-32 JDAM into the right hand side internal weapons bay of an F-22.
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An unarmed Boeing AGM-86B Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) falls away from Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 61-00181 ‘LA’ of the 2nd Bomb Wing, based at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. The weapon was launched over the Utah Test and Training Range on September 22, 2014 during a sortie for the Nuclear Weapons System Evaluation Program (NWSEP), known as ‘Combat Sledgehammer’.
At Eindhoven AB in the Netherlands on September 20, 2014 are C-130H Hercules 91-1236 from the Kentucky ANG’s 165th Airlift Squadron (AS), 123rd Airlift Wing (AW) and C-130H 80-0320 from Georgia ANG's 158th AS, 165th AW.
Troops run towards Lockheed C-130B Hercules 402 (c/n 3749) of 28 Squadron. The transport carries artwork on the tail to commemorate ‘20 Years of Freedom’ since the end of the apartheid regime.
Eurofighter Typhoon 30+47 has received tail art to mark ten years of operations by the type in Luftwaffe service. The fighter is assigned to Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 73 Steinhoff’, based at Rostock-Laage. The unit received its first Typhoon on April 30, 2004.
Tupolev Tu-95MS Bear-H RF-94122/'20' red (c/n 34666) named Dubna, shadowed by Typhoon ZK317/'ES' on September 16, 2014.
ICH-47F trials aircraft MM81778/‘EI-701' at Vergiate on October 2, 2014 during the official handover ceremony of the first aircraft to the Aviazione dell’Esercito.
1 октября 2014г. на аэродроме Ридли Тауншип (шт. Пенсильвания) состоялся первый полет вновь построенного специализированного вертолета MH-47G (ранее проводилась переделка в этот вариант «Чинуков» более ранних версий). Машина предназначена для Командования специальных операций армии США. Одной из характерных особенностей MH-47G стала цифровая система управления полетом. Предусмотрено поставить в течение года 8 таких вертолетов общей стоимостью около 300 млн. USD
The new build Boeing MH-47G Chinook during a test flight at Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, prior to hand over to US Army Special Operations Command.
Dassault Alpha Jet 1B+ AT-29 (c/n B2901139) has received special markings to celebrate two significant milestones by the type within the Composante Aerienne (Belgium Defence - Air Component). The starboard side of the tail commemorates 35 years of service with Belgium. On the other side, the aircraft wears artwork to mark the tenth anniversary of the formation of the Advanced Jet Training School, based at Cazaux in southern France.
F-WNEO moments after departing on its first test flight on September 25, 2014.
From left to right Flight Test Engineer Manfred Birnfeld, Test Flight Engineer Jean-Paul Lambert, Pilot Etienne Miche De Malleray, Flight Test Engineer Sandra Bour Schaeffer and pilot Philippe Pellerin.
MQ-4C Triton BuNo 168457 during the final stage of its inaugural cross­country ferry flight near Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The aircraft took off from the Northrop Grumman facility at Palmdale on September 17, 2014.
MQ-4C Triton BuNo 168457 approaches runway 32 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River at 7.53am on September 18, 2014, after completing its inaugural cross-country flight from Palmdale, California.
Virgin’s first 787-9, landing at Paine Field, Everett on October 5, 2014.
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLA (c/n 39646) appeared in Etihad Airway's new livery on September 28, 2014. It is the first of 41 787-9s and 30 787-10s on order for the carrier.
The first A-29B Super Tucano for the Afghan Air Force, serial number 13-2001, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, on September 26, 2014.
Special liveries have been applied on two helicopters of the Servizio Aereo della Guardia di Finanza (Italian Custom Police Air Service) to mark its 60th anniversary. Agusta-Bell HH-412C (AB412HP)MM81442/ ‘GdiF-205' (c/n 25705) and Nardi NH-500MC MM81015/‘GdiF-86' (c/n 21-0270M) were painted at Pratica de Mare, near Rome. The service is responsible for combating financial crimes, including money laundering, smuggling, cross-border narcotics trafficking and illegal immigration.
ATR 42-600 F-WWLX (msn 1015) - delivered to TransNusa Aviation Mandiri of Indonesia as PK-TNJ on September 29, 2014 - on test at Toulouse-Blagnac in southern France on September 22, a week after its first flight. TransNusa ordered a single ATR 42-600 and placed options for a further three in 2013. The airliner is based at El Tari Airport in Kupang and is expected to begin operating revenue earning flights in November.
Former RNLAF Fokker 50 U-06 (c/n 20287) at Lelystad on September 26, 2014, with its Peruvian markings covered. It will become AE568 after delivery.
The third prototype Airbus Defence and Space A400M Grizzly F-WWMS (msn 003) has been used by RAF crews to undertake training on the type at Seville, Spain. A number of touch-and-goes were conducted on September 11, 2014 with a mixed Airbus and RAF crew. Training with this prototype were carried out for almost a week, until the first RAF A400M (EC-404, to be ZM400) resumed flights on September 15. The service's first Atlas was expected to be handed over in September, but nothing had been confirmed by early October.
Learjet 75 F-HINC is the first of its type delivered to a European operator.
US Army de Havilland Canada EO-5C Airborne Reconnaissance Low - Multi-Mission N53993 (c/n 104) transited through Edinburgh Airport in Scotland on September 20, 2014 before departing later that day for Keflavik in Iceland on its way to the US. EO-5Cs are used to gather communication and imagery intelligence in low-threat areas.
Taking off from Albacete AB on September 19, 2014 is Czech Air Force Aero Vodochody L-159A Advanced Light Combat Aircraft 6063, one of three from 212 Takticka Letka deployed to Spain to participate in TLP flying course 2014-5.
An F-15E Strike Eagle receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over northern Iraq after attacking ISIL targets in Syria on September 23, 2014, the first day of air operations in that country.
8 декабря 2014г. на веб-портале Flightglobal была размещена информация о том, что компания Sikorsky решила не поднимать в воздух первый прототип многофункционального военного вертолета нового поколения S-97 Raider в этом году, как планировалось ранее, а перенести его взлет на начало 2015 г.
Sikorsky rolled-out the prototype S-97 Raider (N971SK) at its facility at West Palm Beach, Florida, on October 2, 2014. The technology demonstrator builds upon the X2 and will be used to prove concepts for the Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 offered for the US Army's Joint Multi-Role programme.
The five Airbus A350-900s used in the certification programme fly in formation on September 29, 2014, the day before the type received approval from EASA.
Airbus A350-941 A7-ALA (msn 006) for Qatar Airways was rolled out of the paint shop at Toulouse-Blagnac on October 2, 2014. It is the first A350 due to be delivered.
Airbus A330-243 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) 1301 (msn 1186, ex MRTT014) of the United Arab Emirates Air Force at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, on September 24, 2014. The aircraft left the following day. Three A330-243 MRTTs were delivered to the air force between February and August 2013, based at Al Ain International Airport in Abu Dhabi.
Elliniki Polemiki Aeroporia (Hellenic Air Force) Beechcraft T-6A Texan II 037 appeared at the Third Athens Flying Week at Tatoi on September 28, 2014. It is operated by 361 Mira Ekpedefseos Aeros (Air Training Squadron) ‘Mystras’ of the 120 Pteriga Ekpedefseos Aeros (Air Training Wing) based at Kalamata. On its tail is a representation of the winged figure from the unit’s badge, with silhouettes of the Texan and the Cessna T-37 previously flown. The artwork was applied for the unit’s 50th anniversary in 2013.
A second pair of Beechcraft T-6C Texan IIs for the Royal New Zealand Air Force, NZ1404/N2842B and NZ1405/N2845B, transited through Glasgow Airport on September 23, 2014 on their delivery flights.
AgustaWestland AW139 N495SH is the 200th example of the medium twin-engined helicopter assembled in the United States. It was recently delivered to Yokohama in Japan.
A Wipaire float-equipped Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX recently delivered to Hai Au Aviation of Vietnam.
The Ejercito del Aire (Spanish Air Force) celebrated its 75th anniversary on October 11, 2014 with an airshow at Torrejon AB, Madrid. For the occasion the CASA C101EB Aviojets of Team Aguila wore 75th anniversary logos on the fuselage, as applied to E25-87/‘79-29'.
The front fuselage of the prototype COMAC C919 airliner in the final assembly facility at Shanghai Pudong.
The Airbus Space and Defence Zephyr 7 High-Altitude Pseudo-Satellite unmanned air vehicle has conducted its first civilian-authorised flight.
Bombardier DHC-8-402 Q400 C-GZDV (c/n 4474) on approach to Toronto Downsview Airport, Ontario, on September 24, 2014. The first of two for Air Cote d’Ivoire, on delivery it will be airline’s first new aircraft - it currently flies three leased Airbus A319s and an Embraer 170. Its order for a pair of Q400s (plus two options), with a two-class cabin configuration, was announced as a conditional purchase agreement on November 18, 2013 and confirmed on December 18.
Boeing 737-8F2(WL) TC-JHY (c/n 42003) of Turkish Airlines carries special titles on its forward fuselage to commemorate 100 years of Turkish cinema - in English on the starboard side and Turkish on the port. The airliner is a relatively new addition to the flag carrier's fleet, having been delivered on February 19, 2014. It was noted at Birmingham Airport in the West Midlands on September 30.
Special liveries have been applied on two helicopters of the Servizio Aereo della Guardia di Finanza (Italian Custom Police Air Service) to mark its 60th anniversary. Agusta-Bell HH-412C (AB412HP)MM81442/ ‘GdiF-205' (c/n 25705) and Nardi NH-500MC MM81015/‘GdiF-86' (c/n 21-0270M) were painted at Pratica de Mare, near Rome. The service is responsible for combating financial crimes, including money laundering, smuggling, cross-border narcotics trafficking and illegal immigration.
The Paramount AHRLAC (ZS-XDM) made its public debut at the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 show.
The Paramount Advanced Technologies Mwari shares an external configuration with the manned AHRLAC.
The Fama K209 light helicopter displayed at AAD 2014. The prototype first flew on August 13, 2009. The test pilot was accompanied by a dog.
Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II A35-001 on its first flight on September 29, 2014. It wears the tail markings of No.2 Operational Conversion Unit.
Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101) ‘Grim Reapers' is the F-35C Fleet Replacement Squadron currently based at Eglin Air Force Base in northern Florida. Although unconfirmed, the Grim Reapers are likely to move to NAS Lemoore as per the October 2, 2014 announcement.