Air International 2015-09
The 194th Fighter Squadron from Fresno, California, participated in this year's Sentry Eagle for the first time since the unit converted to the F-15C Eagle.
Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing deployed to Kingsley Field in force with a selection of Block 32 and Block 42 F-16s.
US Air Force F-16C 88-0413/‘AV’ from the 31st Fighter Wing’s 510th Fighter Squadron ‘Buzzards’ departs from Aviano Air Base, Italy, for Incirlik, Turkey, on August 9, 2015. It was one of six deploying to Turkey for operations against IS in Iraq and Syria under Operation Inherent Resolve. Air strikes from the Turkish base began on August 12, the first time the country had allowed its airfields to be used for these missions.
The 182nd Fighter Squadron is a training unit based at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas. Block 30 F-16C 88-0409/’SA’ is painted with fancy tail markings and the legends ‘Lone Star Gunfighters' and ‘182nd Fighter Squadron’.
South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing deployed to Kingsley Field with a bunch of its Block 52 F-16Cs
The Iraqi Air Force's first four F-16s arrived at Balad Air Base in July 2015 after a ferry flight from Tucson International Airport via Lajes in the Azores. The aircraft were Block 52 F-16Cs 1607 (c/n RA-01) and (1610 (c/n RA-04), plus F-16Ds 1601 (c/n RB-01) and 1604 (c/n RB-04).
Fighter Squadron Composite 12 (VFC-12) ‘Fighting Omars' based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia operates the F/A-18A Hornet. The squadron provides adversary support to strike fighter squadrons and deployed some of its jets to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada in support of Carrier Air Wing 7’s recent detachment to the desert base.
The Mirage 2000C deployment arrived at Niamey on July 3, 2015. The C-135FR that accompanied them can be seen in the background.
The last six Army Air Corps Lynx AH7s touch down at Middle Wallop for the final time during their retirement ceremony on July 31, 2015.
Nevada Air National Guard C-130H 79-0475 at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk on August 1, 2015.
The aircraft's tail features a silhouette-style motif of a Desert Big Horn sheep, the official state animal of Nevada.
Although visually similar to earlier Turbolets, the L-410 NG has several differences, including an all-glass cockpit, more powerful engines and greater payload capacity.
The first Let L-410 NG, OY-NGA, departs Kunovice on July 29, 2015 on its initial test flight.
One of the three refurbished former US Army CH-47D Chinooks, CN-ALL, making a test flight before delivery to the Royal Moroccan Air Force. The other two are CN-ALJ and CN-ALK.
Chinook HC6 ZK554 undertaking confined area landing training near RAF Odiham.
The Embraer Legacy 450 mid-light executive jet was certified by the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency on August 11, 2015. Approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency will follow. The first delivery is due in the fourth quarter. Two Legacy 450s were involved in the testing and certification campaign, including PT-ZIJ which features a production-standard interior.
The US Marine Corps’ last CH-46E, BuNo 153369/’MQ400’, landing at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum on August 1, 2015.
Former Qantas Airbus A330-203 VH-EBH (c/n 892) landing at Getafe, Spain, on July 13, 2015, after arriving from Singapore for conversion to KC-30A tanker/transport configuration for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A second aircraft for conversion is due to arrive in November. Australia's defence minister, Kevin Andrews, had announced plans for their acquisition on July 1. Both had been leased to Qantas by CIT Aerospace and are being returned to the US lessor before being sold to the Australian Department of Defence. They will join five KC-30As already in RAAF service.
Iberia's parent company International Airlines Group has firmed commitments for three A330-200s (pictured) and eight A350-900s. The Spanish flag carrier now has 16 A350s and 11 A330-200s on order. The new widebodies will supplement Iberia’s current eight A330-300s and replace the airline’s seven A340-300s.
The first MRJ90 Flight Test Aircraft (FTA 1, c/n 10001, JA20MJ) undergoing ground testing at Nagoya. It is scheduled to fly in the third or fourth quarter.
All Nippon Airways colours have been applied to the fifth MRJ flight test aircraft (JA25MJ), signifying the airline's status as launch operator. This aircraft will be used for autopilot testing.
Noise, anti-ice and interior testing will take place on JA24MJ, seen here in the foreground in the Nagoya factory.
A hoist in the H135 makes it possible for HTM to use the type for offshore wind farm work.
The first flight of an RAAF EA-18G, aircraft A36-301, took place on July 13, 2015 at St Louis-Lambert Field, Missouri.
Royal Australian Air Force EA- 18G Growler A46-301 with an ASQ-228 ATFLIR pod, ALQ-99 tactical jamming pod and an AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile.
A CL-415 Canadair scooping water from the River Garonne during fire-fighting operations over forests near Bordeaux in late July 2015.
Swearingen SA227C Metro III F-HPAA (c/n AC-7534B) departs Boeing Field, Seattle, on August 6, 2015. This former Northwest Airlink and OLT turboprop is operated by Apache Aviation in France as the support aircraft for the Breitling Jet Team of seven Aero L-39C Albatros, which has toured North America this summer.
F/A-18E Super Hornet BuNo 166423/'AG100' of Strike Fighter Squadron 143 (VFA-143) ‘Pukin Dogs’ seen at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada on August 3, 2015. The aircraft is painted in full-colour markings as the unit's CAG-bird.
Strike Fighter Squadron 83 (VFA-83) ‘Rampagers’ is currently assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7) and operates the F/A-18C Hornet. The squadron deployed its latest CAG-bird BuNo 165202/'AG301' to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada during the air wing's recent detachment to the desert base.
The AW169 is the third member of its manufacturer's new generation of helicopters, alongside the AW139 and the AW189.
The Egyptian Air Force’s first three Rafale DMs, 9251 (c/n DM01, pictured), 9252 (c/n DM02) and 9253 (c/n DM03), handed over in July 2015 were previously allocated to the French Air Force as 8352, B353 and B354, resplectively.
Propellers begin to spin on the C-145 Skytruck prior to a sortie at Duke Field, Florida. The Aviation Foreign Internal Defense and Skytruck mission is a joint active-duty and reserve Air Force Special Operations Command mission.
Small Planet Airlines, based at Vilnius, Lithuania, has been chartered by a number of European tour operators to provide ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance, insurance) flights for the summer season. Here one of its two Boeing 737-382s (LY-FLH, c/n 25161) taxies at Manchester, from where Small Planet is flying services to Greek destinations on behalf of Olympic Holidays.
Transavia Airlines Boeing 737-8K2 PH-HSE (c/n 39259), seen taking off from Groningen-Eelde for a flight to Lanzarote, is now a logojet for the Dutch tour operator Neckermann Reizen, part of the Thomas Cook Group. Two other Transavia 737-800s (PH-HZG and PH-HSA) are currently flying as logojets for Sunweb, another Dutch tour operator.
US Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II 13-5068/‘LF’ touches down at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, on August 10, 2015 following its delivery flight from the factory at Fort Worth, Texas, with 13-5065/‘LF’. These are the first two F-35As for the 62nd Fighter Squadron ‘Spikes', which currently flies the F-16C and F-16D, but is now re-equipping with the F-35A as the second training unit at the base after the 61st FS. The squadron will take delivery of 18 F-35As over the next year and begin training the first class of students in March 2016. The unit will include pilots and aircraft from partner nations Italy and Norway.
Aviation fuel handlers refuel an F-35B on the flight deck of USS Wasp on May 18 during the seven-week at sea period known as OTI (Operational Test Phase One).
The seven-week at sea period aboard the USS Wasp involved six F-35Bs: four from VMFA-121 and two from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) ‘Warlords’ based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina. F-35B BuNo 169024/'VM11 ’ assigned to VMFAT-501 is shown on take off from the USS Wasp.
Aquila, which has a 137ft wingspan, has been built by the Somerset-based Ascenta consultancy. The aircraft is due to be tested in the US later this year.
Insulating materials, sensors and optical fibres are being tested to see if they can offer improvements in the maintenance process for composites and identifying micro-cracks in the material.
Arrival of the MC-12W Liberty marks the return of flying operations to Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma City for the first time since 2007.