Air International 2015-03
The wingman of a Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet watches as his leader prepares to refuel from a US Air Force KC-10A tanker aircraft mid-air as the sun sets over Iraq.
Compared with the Puma, the new Caiman brings massively uprated capabilities to the French Army.
One of the first NH90 Caiman crews at Phalsbourg just a few days before its deployment to Mali.
A new NH90 simulator is now operational at Phalsbourg
Gazelles and Tigres share the ALAT's attack missions.
The highly successful Gazelle, here with special forces snipers at the door, will prove hard to replace.
Two Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s break away from the tanker aircraft to continue their mission after refuelling to support coalition forces in Helmand province.
Aircrew make final preparations at RAF Marham before a Storm Shadow strike mission to Libya on March 19, 2011.
The RAF painted Tornado GR4 ZD788 in the colourful scheme to mark the type's 40th anniversary.
No.41(R) Squadron, the RAF’s Tornado GR4 test and evaluation squadron, painted aircraft ZA600 in this special scheme to commemorate the unit's 95th anniversary in 2011. The aircraft is seen on take-off from RAF Coningsby on April 22, 2013.
Configured with a Litening III targeting pod, Brimstone missiles and a Paveway IV, this Tornado GR4 is leaving its parking spot on a close air support sortie from Kandahar.
Tornado GR4 ZA550/’042’ high over Afghanistan, loaded with a UTC Aerospace RAPTOR pod and a Paveway IV precision-guided bomb under the fuselage.
A Tornado GR4 fitted with a Paveway IV bomb and a RAPTOR pod at Kandahar following a night sortie in Afghanistan.
A Tornado GR4 taxies out of its shelter at Kandahar fitted with a RAPTOR pod and a single Paveway IV for a mission in support of Operation Moshtarak in February 2010.
Tornado GR4s depart RAF Marham in the early evening bound for Libya.
A target image generated by the Litening III pod as displayed on the cockpit screen.
Detailed target analysis of an oblique electro-optical image taken by a RAPTOR pod.
The front cockpit of a Tornado GR4.
A Rafale C loaded with a 500lb GBU-12 and a Damocles targeting pod taxies to the runway at N’Djamena in Chad.
Rafale's stores and weapons include (left to right) the Meteor beyond-visual-range missile and the Armement Air-Sol Modulaire precision-guided munition
Rafale's stores and weapons include (left to right) the Pod Reco NG and the Damocles targeting pod.
Boeing 777-319ER ZK-OKO (c/n 38407) is one of several Air New Zealand aircraft to have been branded with The Hobbit’ film markings.
The extremes of the Air New Zealand fleet: 777-300ER ZK-OKO together with the Beech 1900 (ZK- EAG) operated by Eagle Airways for Air New Zealand Link.
The fairing beneath the Il-114LL's nose covers sensors under test by Radar MMS, including a deployable electro-optical turret and an active missile seeker, probably an ARGS-35 for the anti-ship Kh-35 missile.
The Il-114’s cockpit requires serious modernisation - if production does resume, it would come 25 years after the first flight.
Another proposed derivative is the Il-140 airborne early warning and control aircraft, featuring a rotating radar dome above the fuselage.
Top to bottom: the Il-114LL test platform; the Il-114P designed for coast, sea border and 200-mile economic zone survelliance; and the Il-114-MP for anti-ship and anti-submarine operations.
Typhoon FGR4 ZK332/’EB-J’ on take-off from RAF Coningsby.
ZK332 on take-off from Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California loaded with four live Paveway IVs.
Typhoon FGR4 ZK332/'EB-J' loaded with four Paveway IVs at low-level in California.
Typhoon FGR4 ZK339/'EB-B’ at low-level in a canyon in California.
Typhoon FGR4 ZK339/'EB-B’ at low-level in a canyon in California.
Three CH-47F(NL)s are based at Fort Hood alongside the eight Apaches.
CH-47F(NL) D-893 undergoing maintenance in the open air at Robert Gray AAF.
At Fort Hood the Chinook pilots learn the basics of tactical flying, including picking up sling loads.
A 5e RHC Puma about to land in a clearing.
French Air Force and Army Pumas are in service with the Groupe Interarmees d’Helicopteres, a joint Armee de I'Air/ALAT unit that specialises in anti-terrorist missions.
Several Pumas are receiving a limited upgrade so they can soldier on until retirement in the next decade.
Gazelles and Tigres share the ALAT's attack missions.
Tigre HAPs are due to be upgraded to HAD standard.
The new Tigre HAD has already been deployed to a combat theatre of operation, in Africa.
A320-200 ZK-OJS (msn 4926) departing Queenstown, one of Air New Zealand’s regional destinations.
Air New Zealand was the first operator of the 787-9. The type's route network with the airline is set to expand in the coming months.
Dash DHC-8-300 ZK-NET (c/n 642) at Napier, one of 23 used by Air Nelson for Air New Zealand Link operations.
Mount Cook Airlines operates this ATR72-600, ZK-MVA (msn 1051), for the Air New Zealand Link operation.

Special forces commandos at the door of this 4e RHFS Caracal, flying at very low level.
The first customer A350-900, Qatar Airways' A7-ALA, during the Doha launch event.
The A350’s low noise performance was showcased by A7-ALA at Heathrow, where the jet is pictured on finals.
Business class on the Qatar A350 - the airline won’t be introducing first class on the type
Seat pitch in economy on the Qatar A350 is 31 in (787 mm).
The pilots for the first flight from Frankfurt to Doha in the A350.
A KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft maintenance crew prepares to launch the jet at dusk, beginning another mission refuelling Coalition aircraft over Iraq.
The extremes of the Air New Zealand fleet: 777-300ER ZK-OKO together with the Beech 1900 (ZK- EAG) operated by Eagle Airways for Air New Zealand Link.
The EC120 Calliope has proved incredibly successful, gaining plaudits as a training platform and for its low noise level.
Two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornets break away after air-to-air refuelling to begin their mission over Iraq.
An IRST21 pod fitted to the centreline station of F/A-18F Super Hornet BuNo 166635 at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California prior to the first flight on February 12, 2014.
The wingman of a Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet watches as his leader prepares to refuel from a US Air Force KC-10A tanker aircraft mid-air as the sun sets over Iraq.
Royal Australian Air Force armament technicians load live ordnance onto an F/A-18F Super Hornet.
A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet arrives back at Al Minhad Air Base after dark, completing another Operation Okra mission.
Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-224 with the afterburners engaged as it breaks away from the tanker during a mission over Iraq.
Fort Hood provides a training area greater in size than the Netherlands.
Eight AH-64Ds are based at Fort Hood, where pilots complete a nine-week course.
The Dutch Apaches’ arsenal includes this 30mm M230 gun, 2.75in (70mm) rockets and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.
Realism in training at Fort Hood is provided by the Royal Netherlands Army's 11 Air Mobile Brigade.
The Dutch Apache is being upgraded with new communications equipment and data modem and an upgraded IFF system.
US Army and civilian contractors maintain the RNLAF helicopters according to Dutch Military Aviation Authority rules.
NHV is using its first two EC175s to transport passengers offshore to rigs in the North Sea.
The EC175 is in the 7.5-tonne medium helicopter class.
NHV will take on another 14 EC175s in the next three years, following the deliveries of the first two, PH-NHV and PH-NHU, seen here at Den Helder
All Fennecs have now been upgraded to AS555UN2 standard for instrument flying rules training.
Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail A30-005 in the skies of the Middle East during Operation Okra.
The crew of an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft during a mission over Iraq.
Two-seater Typhoon ZK303/'AX’ BT017 at low-level in the Mach Loop in north Wales carrying two inert Paveway IVs.
The Bell 525 is the first commercial helicopter to have a fully fly-by-wire cockpit.
Customers have been involved in designing more than 50 different role kits for the Relentless.
Bell has designed the 525 to be repurposed - for example, from corporate transport to firefighting.
Offshore oil and gas transport is just one of the roles the Bell 525 Relentless is targeted at.
Despite its allocation to No.17(R) Squadron, F-35B ZM135 (BK-01) will remain devoid of any squadron markings in accordance with the UK’s operational test criteria.
F-35B Lightning II ZM135 (BK-01) seen on take-off from Edwards on February 5, 2015 for a test mission flown under full UK legislation.
The serrated edges of the F-35B's nozzle are clearly shown in this photo.
Artwork decorating the floor of the main F-35 hangar used by the four test squadrons assigned to the JOTT at Edwards.
UK F-35B ZM135 (BK-01) taxies in from runway 22 at Edwards on its arrival at its new home: Edwards Air Force Base, California.
Wg Cdr Jim Beck loosens up his flight gear after the ferry flight from the East Coast to Edwards Air Force Base on January 13, 2015.
OC No.17(R) Squadron, Wg Cdr Jim Beck is a former Tornado GR4 pilot who served with No.XI(B) and No.XIII Squadrons.
F-35B Lightning II ZM136 (BK-02) was due to be delivered to Edwards Air Force Base in January 2015. The aircraft is now expect­ed at the Californian super base sometime in March.
A French Navy Rafale M fitted with an air-refuelling pod on the centreline station and two drop tanks.