Air International 2016-01
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Royal Navy helicopter pilots also complete Type 23 and Type 45 flight deck qualifications at the RNSFDO, including this Dauphin from Flag Officer Sea Training.
In 2010, the air unit got the green light to acquire a smaller, nimbler asset to aid in law enforcement patrol and surveillance and act as a command and control helicopter to work with its existing fleet of larger Hueys. A second-hand Bell 206L Long Ranger was selected and, after years of refurbishment work, this helicopter recently entered service
Air Unit 9 drops on the Springs Fire in 2013, saving a large tract of nearby homes from potential destruction and demonstrates the Simplex Fire Attack tank’s large water-dropping capability.
Helicopters 8 and 9, respectively the Bell 205B and the twin engine Bell 212.
TSgt David Jacobs poses in front of ‘Spear 17', UH-1N 69-6614.
A pair on UN-1Ns await their mission on the ramp at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
'Spear 17’, UH-1N 69-6614, departs from the East Fuji Manoeuver Area, which provides fantastic brown­out condition training.
‘Spear 16’, UH-1N 69-6645, passes over the Pacific Ocean near Yokohama
Pilot Ken Williams manoeuvers a Huey through the foothills of Ventura County, one of the many environments in the county.
Capt Jonathon Bonilla and Capt Daniel Trapani perform a right turn over downtown Tokyo, one of the primary areas where 459th AS Hueys operate.
Four MRH90s from the 5th Aviation Regiment approach HMAS Canberra's flight deck during Sea Series 2015.
A Royal Australian Navy MRH90 on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra preparing for a night sortie off the coast of Queensland.
A sailor directs a MRH90 as it comes in to land aboard HMAS Canberra.
An MRH90 Taipan recovers to HMAS Tobruk, during the ship’s transit to Vanuatu, to provide assistance to Operation Pacific Assist 2015 for relief operations in Vanuatu.
An F-22 Raptor, a Typhoon FGR4 and a Rafale C fly in formation during a mission flown from Langley Air Force Base as part of Exercise Trilateral on December 7, 2015.
Ground crews prepare a B-52 for practice weapons loading and offloading.
Left: Air Force Reserve Command supervisors instruct and evaluate a mix of AFRC and active duty crews as they practice loading weapons onto wing pylons on a B-52. The total force integration crew from the reserve’s 307th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the active duty 11th Aircraft Maintenance Unit are required to maintain certification to be able to handle and load live munitions. Right: Crews use an MHU-83 lift truck to bring a Mk62 Quick Strike mine to the B-52 for loading.
Left: Final adjustments are made as a weapon is slowly lifted into place onto the B-52’s weapon pylon. Right: Once a weapon is in position, crews manually tighten the mounts and fuse the wires onto the bomber. Here an AFRC crewmember makes the final adjustments.
Nice view of the sheer size of the B-52 as it taxies to runway 15 at Barksdale.
A group of 20 aircrew members who reached a milestone in the B-52H Stratofortress by flying a two-ship mission with a combined total of over 100,000 flying hours, on February 18, 2014 from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.
Crews prepare to board B-52H 60-0035 ‘Global Warrior' for a sortie.
Close up of one of the crew's helmets, clearly a graduate of the B-52 weapons school based on the yellow and black strip - the colours of the 340th Weapons Squadron.
A representative shot that includes one 307th BW B-52 and one active duty B-52 tail of the 69th Bomb Squadron visit­ing Barksdale from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.
The B-52's front gear can pivot to allow the bomber to make turns, and to crab during take-off and landing. To assist with crosswind take-offs and landings the main landing gear can be pivoted by 20° to either side from neutral.
Global Warrior from the 307th BW taxies out to the active runway for take-off.
A two-ship heads off into stormy Louisiana skies for the morning launch. In this case the stormy sky was the remnants of Hurricane Patricia heading towards Texas during the author’s visit to Barksdale.
Close-up view of the B-52's Pratt & Whitney TF33 engines, plugged into one of the aircrafts auxiliary power units.
On final approach for landing back at Barksdale after a five hour sortie, a relatively short flight by B-52 standards.
Throttles up. The pilot slowly eases all eight throttles of the enormous bomber forward for maximum take-off thrust.
The lower deck on the B-52 is the radar navigator station. The radar navigator is the crew member whose role is to identify targets and plot the strikes using the various weapons systems. Here an instructor works with a student navigator.
Interior artwork found in B-52H 61-0021. Most B-52s have their nose art replicated inside the cockpit in some fashion.
Sea Harriers are used to teach flight deck handlers in recovering and securing aircraft to a carrier vital skills as the Royal Navy prepares for the F-35B Lightning II
Training with Sea Harriers gives students vital experience of the jet noise, exhaust, fumes and intake dangers they will encounter on a real flight deck.
Everyone who will operate aircraft aboard the Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales carriers will have completed training on the Culdrose dummy deck.
The RNSFDO at Culdrose trains around 1,700 students, approximately 400 of which are aircraft handlers, seen here wearing the yellow and blue.
An F-22 Raptor, a Typhoon FGR4 and a Rafale C fly in formation during a mission flown from Langley Air Force Base as part of Exercise Trilateral on December 7, 2015.
Helicopter 6 dips its snorkel into Lake Sherwood to refill the Simplex tank. The fire was under two miles away from this water source, demonstrating the air unit's ability to quickly refill and be back on the fire line within minutes.
The Simplex Aerospace Fire Attack tank can carry 375 US gallons (1,419 litres) of water.
The helipads (bottom left) the air unit use are on wheels, enabling the aircraft to easily be towed in and out of the hangar for weather or maintenance.
Helicopters 8 and 9, respectively the Bell 205B and the twin engine Bell 212.
Senior Deputy Darin Rich assists firefighter Randy Gilbert after hoisting him from the rocks below in the high mountain area of Ventura County in the Los Padres National Forest.
An F-22 Raptor, a Typhoon FGR4 and a Rafale C fly in formation during a mission flown from Langley Air Force Base as part of Exercise Trilateral on December 7, 2015.
A sailor guides an MV-22B Osprey off the deck of USS Makin Island (LHD 8).
An MV-22B moments before take-off from Camp Buehring, Kuwait with soldiers of the US Army’s 4th Infantry Division bound for a training area during an expeditionary readiness exercise.
US Navy sailors carry a casualty to an MV-22B Osprey during casevac training in preparation for Exercise Eager Lion in Jordan.
US Marines inspect an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft after landing on the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) during an amphibious exercise.
The responsibilities of listening to different radios on missions are split between the Prowler’s four crew members.
‘Who let the dogs out?’ A quartet of ‘Moon Dogs’ EA-6B Prowlers at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.
This EA-6B is fitted with two ALQ-99 tactical jamming pods with low-band transmitters.
Head on with the Franken Prowler; in the background ‘Sumo 46', a VMGR-152 KC-130J, refuels two Prowlers on a refuelling track over mainland Japan.
The Franken Prowler BuNo 158542, radio callsign Dog 34, hooked up to a VMGR-152 KC-130J for aerial refuelling over mainland Japan, where it received 2,000lb of fuel.
One of the five ARJ-21-700 test aircraft, B-938L (c/n 105). This regional jet is long delayed; the initial plan was for the aircraft to enter service in 2010.
By Q2 2016 Finnair expects to have five A350 XWBs in service, with 19 ordered in all.
Finnair’s first A350 XWB, OH-LWA, departs Paris Charles de Gaulle on one of the type’s crew familiarisation flights before service entry.
Zodiac Aerospace seats in a 3-3-3 layout feature in economy in Finnair’s A350 XWBs along with a white, blue and grey colour palette.
The AS350BA Squirrel, in service for almost 32 years, is being replaced by the EC135 T2+.
The first flight test COMAC C919 after roll-out. Its maiden flight is planned for the second quarter of 2016.
The fanfare at COMAC’s Shanghai Pudong facility in November 2015 reflected the wider significance of the C919 to China and its aspirations to become a major aerospace player.
Upwards-raked wingtips are one of several elements of the C919 that make it visually reminiscent of Western aircraft.
Close-up of the auxiliary power unit.
Chief engineer Jiang Liping stated during the unveiling ceremony that the final assembly of the C919 prototype came together more smoothly than the ARJ-21.
The centre fuselage and wing box are some of the many components in the C919 that are supplied by the Xi'an Aircraft Company.
An 816 Squadron S-70B-2 transits towards the Eastern Australia Exercise Area. The unit has ten S-70B-2s left as it prepares to convert onto the MH-60R.
The first MH-60R Seahawk squadron flight is at sea aboard HMAS Perth, as the Royal Australian Navy builds its capability with the Romeo.
Head on with the Franken Prowler; in the background ‘Sumo 46', a VMGR-152 KC-130J, refuels two Prowlers on a refuelling track over mainland Japan.
The Franken Prowler BuNo 158542, radio callsign Dog 34, hooked up to a VMGR-152 KC-130J for aerial refuelling over mainland Japan, where it received 2,000lb of fuel.
The initial E190-E2 on the assembly line; its first flight is scheduled for 2016.
The E-Jets E2s will feature higher aspect ratio wings.
UK firm PriestmanGoode has been involved in the cabin that includes 18.3 inch-wide seats in economy, with two seats on either side of the aisle.
Embraer has commonality with the current E-Jets as a major focus in the E2 programme.
The E190-E2 is the first variant in the E-Jets E2 family, which has now received 267 firm orders plus 373 options.