Air International 2015-05
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Demand for conversion-to-type training for the Hind-F continues and it will serve with the centre until the end of the decade.
This is one of the recently delivered Mi-26s after a comprehensive refurbishment at Rosvertol, taken on strength in 2013.
The giant Mi-26, operated by the Torzhok centre since 1982, is a 40-tonne machine with a 20-tonne payload, primarily designed to provide mobility for airborne and the special operation forces in the battle zone.
The AV-8B now uses the BRU-70 digital improved triple ejector rack (DITER) that enables the aircraft to carry three GPS-guided weapons on a single station. A DITER can be fitted to the outer pylons (as shown) giving the aircraft four GPS-guided compatible stations.
A Dust Devils’ AV-8B Harrier II passes through a canyon close to China Lake during a mission.
The AV-8B Harrier Night Attack variant.
VX-31 recently completed testing and integration of two modifications for the AV-8B Harrier II: an improved AIM-120 AMRAAM missile weapons engagement zone model, and the MIL-STD-1760 cable to the aircraft's outboard stations to enable carriage of smart weapons.
The Dust Devils are responsible for all AV-8B Harrier performance, flying qualities, structures, mission system software and weapons testing for the US Marine Corps. The squadron flies two variants: the AV-8B Harrier II Plus equipped with the APG-65 radar (on photo) and the AV-8B Harrier Night Attack variant.
B-2 83-1088/’WM’ Spirit of Louisiana was one of three deployed to Nellis by the Whiteman Air Force Base-based 393rd Bomb Squadron for exercise Red Flag 15-1.
The former aggressor F-15C Eagle was reassigned to the Oregon Air National Guard's 173rd Fighter Wing.
\The 493rd Fighter Squadron ‘Grim Reapers’ based at RAF Lakenheath, England is the only F-15C Eagle unit remaining in Europe.
An 18th Wing F-15C based at Kadena Air Base, Japan releases flares from the ALE-45 dispenser over the Pacific Ocean.
An AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile captured shortly after launch from an F-15C Eagle of the 173rd Fighter Wing.
The 104th Fighter Wing based at Barnes Air National Guard Base at Westfield Air­port in Massachusetts transitioned from the A-10 Thunderbolt II to the F-15C Eagle in 2007
A three-ship of Redhawks, F-15C Eagles assigned to the Portland, Oregon-based 142nd Fighter Wing.
Ammo troops use a MJ-1 lift truck to load an inert CATM-120C AMRAAM missile on to a launcher unit fitted to the inner portside weapon pylon of an F-15C Eagle.
Ammo troops assigned to the 173rd Fighter Wing at Klamath Falls Air National Guard Base, Oregon lift an inert CATM-120C AMRAAM missile off the trolley.
Airmen discuss the maintenance status of their F-15C Eagle during the turnaround between sor­ties at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon.
A maintainer assigned to the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron performs line maintenance on an F-15C at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
An Eagle driver assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard prepares for a sortie.
The Mi-28N Night Hunter was fielded in service in late 2008, with the first production-standard helicopters taken in strength by the Torzhok centre. Field tests and evaluation followed before it was commissioned into Russian Air Force service in November 2013.
The CTACC’s Berkuty display team performing at MAKS 2013.
A four-ship Mi-28N formation of the Berkuty display team, led by the Colonel Andrey Popov, the commanding officer of the 344th CTACC, during the MAKS 2013 airshow at Zhukovsky.
The F-22 Raptor-equipped 94th Fighter Squadron based at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia used Red Flag 15-1 as a final work-up exercise before deploying to US Central Command’s Area of Operation in early April 2015.
The airline's 12 Boe­ing 777-300ERs, including VT-ALO (c/n 36313), have been substituted by 787-8s on most long-haul routes. They will soon only be operated to US destinations.
Joining the Star Alliance last year led to a study in co-operation with Lufthansa Consulting that identified 20 areas of improvement in service. This is Executive Class on the 787-8.
Mobil Jet Oil 387 is approved for several General Electric turbofans, including the CF34-10 used on the Embraer E190.
Boeing 717 N489HA (c/n 55002) during turnaround at Lihue. Eleven 717s operate the routes between the Hawaiian Islands.
Huey N186SD in a training exercise off the Californian coast for the department’s dive teams.
Supporting the Orange County Sheriff Department's dive teams is one of several Aviation Support Unit roles.
The Orange County Sheriff Department Aviation Support Unit's crews have spent the past year getting to grips with the UH-1H, here flying alongside its two AS350 B2s.
Search and rescue for aircraft crash survivors is another role for the Huey, practised here during an exercise in the Southern Orange County.
The UH-1H is very stable and straightforward to fly, say Orange County Sheriff Department Aviation Support Unit pilots.
RAF Typhoon FGR4s employed live Paveway IV Mk2 precision-guided munitions for the first time during Red Flag 15-1.
With the Mi-8MTV-1 still in mass operation with Russian Army Aviation, the 344th CTACC has a handful of helicopters for use in the conversion-training role.
Refuelling in the Dragonfly is challenging for the pilot because of the restricted view caused by the aircraft's side-by-side seat layout.
Smooth handling is needed when preparing to make contact with the refuelling drogue.
Each A-37B received 454 US gallons (1,719 litres) of fuel during each 'wet' contact.
Three refuelling contacts are made by each Dragonfly pilot - one ‘dry’ and two ‘wet’.
The FAU A-37Bs and FAA KC-130H TC-69 at Base Aerea Mario Walter Parallada during a Tanque exercise.
Hawaiian predominantly uses its 767s on routes to the US west coast: here, N588HA taxies at Los Angeles.
The airline’s seven Boeing 767s are configured with 252 to 264 seats. Each passenger flying in business class receives a complimentary iPad mini to use during their flight.
The 344th CTACC has eight Ka-52 Alligators on strength, including four in the full configuration like this Ka-52 ‘White 91' which boast the sophisticated Vitebsk-52 self-protection suite and the Arbalet-52 millimetric radar.
The Ka-52 is the Russian Army Aviation’s main attack helicopter, with the first four examples inducted in late 2010 by the Torzhok centre for aircrew conversion training and tactics development.
The co-axial rotor Ka-52 completed its extensive test and evaluation effort in the definitive production configuration in November 2011, with first deliveries to Torzhok reported the following month.
Armour plating in the nose fuselage sides and floor of the Ka-52 provides protection from 23mm calibre projectiles while the windshield can withstand hits from 12.7mm calibre rounds. An extra degree of side-on protection for the pilots is provided by add-on armour screens on the movable canopy sections.
VT-ANN (c/n 36285) is one of 19 Boeing 787-8s in service with Air India. The type has replaced the 777 on the airline’s Asia-Pacific routes and most frequencies to European destinations.
Virgin Atlantic Airways announced in January that the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000s on its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, including G-VNEW (c/n 40956) pictured here, are using Mobil Jet Oil 387.
Pre-flight preparations under way aboard the cockpit of 787-8 VT-ANA (c/n 36273) at Chennai.
Based in central Uruguay, the IA-58A Pucaras can reach the country’s borders within half an hour.
Pucaras ready for departure ahead of an air interception exercise.
Primarily trainers but with a secondary attack role, PC-7Us are locally designated AT-92s.
A330-200 N381HA (msn 1114) - one of 19 of a type that has powered Hawaiian's international expansion.
An evening landing for A330-200 N384HA (msn 1259) at Las Vegas’ McCarran International.
Airbus A330-200 N384HA (msn 1259) at Tokyo-Haneda, one of the Asian destinations Hawaiian has added as part of its expansion into the Far East.
This colourful tailfin design is part of Hawaiian’s efforts to reflect its home islands' character.
F-15E Strike Eagles were deployed from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina to join the Red Force in Red Flag 15-1 at Nellis.
A Bo 105CBS takes off from Don Torcuato, 15 miles outside downtown Buenos Aires.
Good visibility from the Bo 105's cockpit makes it ideal for medevac operations in a busy city.
The Modena HEMS Bo 105s are fully equipped for medical evacuation and intensive care, carrying a medic and a stretcher.
Dust Devils 215, F/A-18F Super Hornet BuNo 165793/’DD215’ launches an AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile during developmental testing of the Block II version.
Dust Devils’ F/A-18F Super Hornet BuNo 165666/’DD201’ releases ten GBU-31 JDAMs over the China Lake weapons range.
Dust Devils’ Super Hornets loaded with live GBU-31 JDAMs.
EA-18G BuNo 168377/’DD523' carries a standard Growler payload comprising an external fuel tank and an ALQ-99 pod under each wing. The upper part of each pylon is marked with an orange patch denoting a test fitting.
Испытания Growler продолжаются и в 2010 году, на фотографии - самолет 31-й опытной эскадрильи, дислоцированной на авиабазе Чайна-Лейк. Первой в октябре 2009 года состояния эксплуатационной готовности достигла 132-я эскадрилья РЭБ "Scorpions".
An EA-18G Growler assigned to VX-31 returns to Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake over the city of Ridgecrest, California.
VX-31's EA-18G Growler project office is completing tests of the SCS H10, start­ing the follow-on H12 and supporting the Royal Australian Air Force as it prepares to receive the aircraft.
The Mi-8MTV-5-1 is a new-generation tactical transport rotorcraft operated by the Torzhok centre in addition to three frontline units, all of them stationed in the Western Military District, each equipped with one squadron flying the type.
VX-31 continues to operate F/A-18C Hornet BuNo 165210 which was painted in a full-colour test paint scheme to mark the Centennial of Naval Aviation in 2011.
An F/A-18D Hornet assigned to Marine Fighter Attack (All Weather) Squadron 225 ‘Vikings’ based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California lands at Nellis following a Red Flag mission.
Red Flag 15-1 involved two first-time participants: Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules and Royal Air Force Sentinel R1s.
Red Flag 15-1 involved two first-time participants: Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules and Royal Air Force Sentinel R1s.
VT-SCH (msn 3288) is one of 22 A319-100s used by Air India for short- and medium-haul services, together with 19 A320s and 20 A321's.
AirBridgeCargo Boeing 747-8HVF VQ-BLR, pictured at Helsinki in March 2015, is one of five -8Fs used by the airline.
Korean Air Cargo HL7610 departs Anchorage, a destination that many 747-8Fs operate to.
Outsize load carrying capacity is one advantage of the 747-8F, according to Cargolux.
Saudi Arabian Cargo has not been officially undisclosed as a 747-8F customer, but it operates two examples. Here HZ-A14 (c/n 37563) taxies at Frankfurt.
A Performance Improvement Package for the GEnx-2B contributed 2% of the 3.5% fuel burn reduction.
The 747-8 build rate is currently 1.5 jets per month; it will reduce to 1.3 from September, reflecting the current size of the backlog.
Boeing 747-89L Intercontinental B-2485 (c/n 41191) was handed over to Air China on September 29, 2014 and departed Snohomish County Airport/Paine Field, Washington, the following day, arriving at Beijing Capital International Airport on October 1. The carrier has seven 747-8Is on order.
The flightdeck includes integrated approach navigation, airport moving map and Vertical Situation Display functions.
The -8F has 30,288 cubic feet (857.75 m3) of cargo capacity.
Five Boeing 747-400S, including VT-EVA (c/n 28094), are used for head-of-state transport duties. The ‘jumbos’ were formerly the backbone of Air India's long-haul fleet.
Air India Express uses 17 Boeing 737-800s, including 737-8HG VT-AXZ (c/n 36336). It plans to add 737 MAXes, but an order has yet to be announced.
The Argentine Air Force has been sending its two KC-130Hs to Uruguay for Tanque exercises since 2003.
Smooth handling is needed when preparing to make contact with the refuelling drogue.
Each A-37B received 454 US gallons (1,719 litres) of fuel during each 'wet' contact.
Three refuelling contacts are made by each Dragonfly pilot - one ‘dry’ and two ‘wet’.
The FAU A-37Bs and FAA KC-130H TC-69 at Base Aerea Mario Walter Parallada during a Tanque exercise.