Air International 2015-12
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MiG-29 RF-92179 loaded with four SAB-250 bombs which are used as targets for infrared air-to-air missiles. The primary use of the SAB-250 bomb is to illuminate terrain for reconnaissance, however they are also a practical target solution.
B-1B 85-0085/DY takes off from Dyess Air Force Base early on a Sunday morning with a full Air Force Reserve Command crew onboard.
Pilots from the 345th Bomb Squadron boarding B-1B 85-0089 for the first official mission with an all Air Force Reserve Command crew on October 18, 2015.
GBU-31(V)1 Joint Direct Attack Munitions on a trailer prior to loading on a B-1B Lancer at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
Colonel Denis Heinz, commander of the 489th BG, launched the first official B-1B mission with an all Air Force Reserve Command crew on October 18, 2015.
Two Air Force Reserve Command flag­ships: 307th BW B-52H 60-0061/BD ‘The Spirit of Aggieland Texas A&M’ on display next to B-1B 85-0089/DY 'POW MIA' during the 489th BG reactivation ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base on October 17, 2015.
The 489th Bomb Group’s reactivation ceremony was held in a hangar at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
The tail of B-1B 85-0089 features a red and yellow stripe with markings for the 489th BG commander.
A B-2 Spirit drops inert GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions on the Utah Testing and Training Range.
The Tu-214SR is a communications relay version purpose built for SFD Rossiya. Aircraft RA-64516 was built at the KAPO plant in Kazan, and made its maiden flight in December 2008.
Two Air Force Reserve Command flag­ships: 307th BW B-52H 60-0061/BD ‘The Spirit of Aggieland Texas A&M’ on display next to B-1B 85-0089/DY 'POW MIA' during the 489th BG reactivation ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base on October 17, 2015.
The 489th Bomb Group’s reactivation ceremony was held in a hangar at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
Il-96-300PU RA-96012 was built in 1995 and remains the oldest aircraft used for Presidential transportation. It is likely to be retired after two new Il-96-300PUS command post aircraft enter service during the final weeks of this year.
Russian-Serbian Mi-8MT Hip crews fired 80mm S-8 rockets to provide air support to combat search and rescue helicopters.
SFD Rossiya’s rotary-wing fleet comprises 16 Mi-8MTV-1 and Mi-8MTV-1S helicopters con­figured with VIP interiors. The MTV-1S variant is fitted with special communications systems.
The infrared-guided R-73 Archer missile is the primary weapon for a MiG-29 pilot during a within visual range engagement because of its agility and ability to acquire a target during manoeuvre.
The underwing pylon of MiG-29UB RF-90861 loaded with an an R-73 missile. Two-seat MiG-29s are not fitted with a radar so their ability to launch air-to-air missiles is limited to infrared-guided R-73 Archers and not semi-active radar- guided R-27
One of the three French Reapers photographed outside its maintenance hangar at Niamey.
The Reaper is fitted with a very basic yet effective retractable landing gear and small cameras in the nose for all taking off, landing and taxiing operations.
A French Reaper is manhandled into its hangar by a team of US contractors at the end of a sortie from Niamey.
All French Air Force UAVs are operated by Escadron de Drones 1/33 ‘Belfort’. While the Harfang is powered by a Rotax piston engine, the Reaper is fitted with a turbine.
The Reaper is fitted with a very basic yet effective retractable landing gear and small cameras in the nose for all taking off, landing and taxiing operations.
All Reaper missions are controlled from a well-hidden air-conditioned shelter.
Nine A400Ms were in the delivery process at the end of October 2015, including MSN28 for Turkey, seen here in the background.
Winair Twin Otter PJ-WIN lands over the beach at Saint Maarten-Princess Juliana airport in the Netherlands Antilles. People visit the beach just to get their picture taken underneath a landing aircraft. Sunbathing is optional.
Over the beach at Saint Barthelemy-Gustaf III airport at Guadeloupe.
This dramatic sequence shows a Winair Twin Otter performing the Saint Barth dive to pass a few feet over the traffic roundabout at the top of the 146-foot hill lying directly in front of the threshold of Gustaf III airport’s runway 10.
Over the brow of the hill at Saint Barthelemy-Gustaf III airport on Guadeloupe.
Overview from the hill at Saint Barthelemy-Gustaf III airport on Guadeloupe.
Yards from the world-famous Maho Beach, a Winair Twin Otter Series 300 lines up and waits for take-off on Princess Juliana International Airport’s runway 10 as a KLM Boeing 747-400, which had previously landed on runway 10, taxis back towards the terminal turn-off.
Ease of maintenance was taken into account early in the Harfang development programme.
The Harfang is a tight fit in its hangar and great care is needed when manhandling it.
The Harfang control station is housed in air-transportable shelters.
More than 160 C295s have been sold to 22 operators in 23 countries, with the type having accumulated more than a quarter of a million flying hours.
Yards from the world-famous Maho Beach, a Winair Twin Otter Series 300 lines up and waits for take-off on Princess Juliana International Airport’s runway 10 as a KLM Boeing 747-400, which had previously landed on runway 10, taxis back towards the terminal turn-off.