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An A-4K Skyhawk operated by Draken International on the Edwards Air Force Base flight line on August 21, 2015. The aircraft was one of six Skyhawks detached to the Californian test base to support operational test of the F-35.
F/A-18A Hornets from Australia’s Air Task Group fly in formation with a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft during the first mission of Operation Okra to be flown over Syria.
The test Trent XWB-97 will be installed on A380 msn 1, pictured in the background.
French Air Force A340-200 075/F-RAJA arriving at RAF Mildenhall on September 27, 2015 with French military personnel on board. The French troops arrived at the Suffolk base ahead of Exercise Eagles Amarante, which involved 1,600 soldiers from the UK’s 16 Air Assault Brigade and 11e Brigade Parachutiste at Wattisham Flying Station. The airliner is assigned to Escadron de Transport 03.060 ‘Esterel' based at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
An SA330 Puma from EH 1/67 equipped with the 20mm M621 GIAT cannon.
EH 1/67 crew operating a 20mm M621 GIAT cannon over the Captieux range near Cazaux in April 2015 during a gunner qualification sortie, prior to their departure for the DETHM AIR in Madama.
One of the two Boeing 767-300ERs Icelandair will operate from next spring on routes to Europe and the USA, pictured at Manchester after repainting.
Airbus UK engineers created the SHort AiRfield Package to increase wing lift at low speeds and enhance take-off and landing performance on the A320.
Trailing behind A320 D-ATRA, the DLR's Falcon 10 D-CMET measured the exhaust gas composition and condensation trail properties emitted by the A320.
The five Belugas in service, seen here at Toulouse, will be replaced on a one-for-one basis by the new XLs between 2019 and 2025.
A330 tails - this one is for Etihad Airways - are among the sections carried by the Belugas. The XL fleet will offer a 30% increase in transport capacity, according to Airbus.
Artist's impression of the Beluga XL, which will be based on the A330-200 Freighter.
In late September 2015, an image was released on Chinese internet forums that showed a Xian H-6H with black and dark grey patches around its front fuselage, all leading edges of its wings and tail planes, the intake and other areas. The aircraft is reported to be conducting flight trials of a radar absorbent material.
Trailing behind A320 D-ATRA, the DLR's Falcon 10 D-CMET measured the exhaust gas composition and condensation trail properties emitted by the A320.
Scandinavian Airlines is the first European carrier to receive the higher-MTOW A330-300, and will operate four examples.
A330 tails - this one is for Etihad Airways - are among the sections carried by the Belugas. The XL fleet will offer a 30% increase in transport capacity, according to Airbus.
The last US Navy T-2C Buckeye BuNo 158320/’320’ over Chesapeake Bay during its final flight on September 25, 2015. Since 2008, three T-2Cs assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, had flown 1,978 sorties, 2,672 flight hours and 850 photo/safety chase events.
Airbus took delivery of the Trent XWB-97 Flying Test Bed engine at Toulouse in September 2015.
A350 OH-LWA is the first of 19 A350-900s that will be delivered to Finnair over the next eight years.
The initial A350 for TAM Airlines was rolled out of the paintshop in September 2015.
F-35A AF-04 plugged to the boom of KC-30A A39-001 during an air-refuelling flight test mission from Edwards Air Force Base on September 25, 2015.
A series of pseudo deck landings were made by the SW-4 RUAS Solo in automated mode onto a towed trailer that phase included the demonstration replicated the deck of a frigate.
The seventh J-20 fighter, side number 2016, lands at Chengdu-Huangtianba after its maiden flight on September 18, 2015.
At the end of September 2015, Airbus Defence and Space promoted its PZL-130 Orlik MPT (multi purpose trainer) in Spain. Airbus and Spanish Air Force pilots flew prototype SP-YZL (c/n 03940033) on daily sorties from Getafe Air Base near Madrid. The Spanish Air Force is evaluating the Orlik as a replacement for its CASA C101 fleet. In 2011, the air force evaluated the Hawker Beechcraft T-6C Texan II.
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 (VMFA-122) ‘Werewolves' based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, participated in the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course at Yuma during October 2015. The squadron sent its colour-bird, F/A-18C BuNo 164270/DC00 to the training event. The aircraft is seen departing with two live 500 lb GBU-12 laser-guided bombs.
KC-46A Pegasus tanker EMD 2 (serial number 11-46002, N462KC) takes off on its first flight, from Paine Field, Everett, Washington to Boeing Field, Seattle on September 25, 2015.
The first jetliner produced at Airbus’ US Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama - an A321 - is scheduled for delivery to US-based JetBlue in the second quarter of 2016.
Left: At the time of its inauguration, approximately 260 production employees were working on the final assembly line at the Airbus facility in Mobile, Alabama. Right: Following the start of aircraft assembly this summer, the Airbus facility in Mobile will ramp up production to reach a rate of four A320 family jetliners produced each month by 2017.
The first two A320-family aircraft to be assembled at Mobile in the main hangar.
Aircraft assembly inside the main hangar at the Airbus facility in Mobile, Alabama.
Final assembly operations for A320-family jetliners at the company's new Airbus US Manufacturing Facility commenced in the summer of 2015, following the arrival of major component assemblies (MCAs) from Hamburg, Germany.
The last British Airways 737 flight was Turin-Gatwick operated by 737-436 G-DOCX, seen here departing the Italian airport.
Nok Air Q400NG c/n 4504 C-FJXB, ‘Nok Latte’, (to become HS-DQE), seen on test flight BBA3 at Toronto Downsview Airport on September 23, 2015.
Cargolux's 13th 747-8F, seen here at Luxembourg, wears a special scheme to mark the airline's 45th anniversary.
The H160 has attained 175kts and 10,000ft during its testing, Airbus Helicopters reports.
F-35A AF-04 plugged to the boom of KC-30A A39-001 during an air-refuelling flight test mission from Edwards Air Force Base on September 25, 2015.
Norway's second F-35A c/n AM-02 made the nation's first Lightning II flight from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth on October 6, 2015.
The Perlan 2 during its first test flight above Oregon in September 2015. Next year this aircraft will be flown from Argentina to attempt a new altitude record.