Air International 2016-12
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F-16C 87-0352/ED assigned to the 416th Flight Test Squadron loaded with a Joint Strike Missile test article en route to the release area over the Utah Test and Training Range.
F-16C 89-2053/HO assigned to the 54th Fighter Groups' 311th Fighter Squadron ‘Winders’ seen at Holloman Air Force Base in mid-September 2016.
The Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornets were also based alongside the RAF detachment in RMAF Butterworth, Penang.
A Typhoon FGR4 departs RMAF Butterworth. In the background are Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orions and a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2.
Royal Australian Air Force C-17A A41-206 from 36 Squadron based at RAAF Amberley featuring a 14ft (4.3m) white ribbon containing the words 'I Swear' on each side of the fuselage arrived at Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport, in the Netherlands on November 2, 2016.
Air France-KLM Group is to put ten of its widebody aircraft into a new subsidiary in key markets.
On November 11 and 12, 2016, Northrop Grumman Systems flew three of its radar test bed aircraft to King County Airport. The aircraft involved were BAC 1-11 N162W (c/n 087), Boeing 727-228 N289MT (c/n 22467) and Bombardier CL600-210 N804X (c/n 10002). The three aircraft all flew missions from the Seattle airport in conjunction with Boeing’s own test bed, Boeing 757 N757A (c/n 22212). All four aircraft flew a combined mission over eastern Washington State on November 11. Bombardier CL600-210 N804X was recently added to the Northrop Grumman test fleet.
The new variant of Chengdu's J-10B single engine fighter made its debut on the static display in Zhuhai. Weapons laid out in front of the aircraft included the PL-10E air-to-air missile, shown for the first time. Of note was the dual missile launch rail loaded with two PL-12 air-to-air missiles carried on both inner underwing pylons. The J-10B is powered by the uprated AL-31FN Series 3 engine and features a diverterless supersonic inlet, a new fire-control radar reportedly equipped with a passive electronically scanned antenna, and an infrared search and track system mounted in front of the canopy.
The Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornets were also based alongside the RAF detachment in RMAF Butterworth, Penang.
Against the backdrop of tropical vegetation, Typhoon FGR4s taxi at Butterworth for another wave in the Bersama Lima exercise.
A Typhoon FGR4 departs RMAF Butterworth. In the background are Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orions and a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2.
Typhoon FGR4s in formation as they transit to Asia.
A RAF Voyager from RAF Brize Norton provided air refuelling for all legs of Eastern Venture.
The wet and humid climate of Southeast Asia presented challenges for the ground crews and pilots alike.
Wing Commander Mike Sutton, Officer Commanding 1(F) Squadron (right) and Group Captain Paul Godfrey, Station Commander RAF Lossiemouth (left).
The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital’s DC-10-10, N220AU (c/n 2) landed at Long Beach Airport on November 3,2016. It left the McDonnell Douglas assembly line there in 1971 and is the oldest DC-10 still flying. Orbis has replaced it with an MD-10 donated by FedEx. N220AU departed to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on November 7. The aircraft will be displayed in the adjacent Pima Air and Space Museum.
Air Show China's static display featured the K-model of the H-6 bomber for the first time. The aircraft was placed on static with an arsenal of weapons that included precision guided munitions and stand-off missiles.
H-6K 11098 was displayed at Airshow China with a YJ-63 stand-off missile loaded on each underwing weapon pylon.
Delivery of the first ATR 72-600 Turkish Maritime Patrol Aircraft is expected in the first half of 2017, with deliveries of the five remaining aircraft completed during 2018.
The mandatory checks of the propeller gearbox every 50 flying hours are interfering with the serviceability of the A400M fleet.
A rare recent visitor to Budapest Airport was Sukhoi SSJ-100 Superjet RA-89067 (c/n 95069). This aircraft is operated by the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations and has recently received a slightly revised colour scheme.
The first Global 7000 C-GLBO during its maiden flight, which lasted two hours and 27 minutes and saw the aircraft reach 240kts (441 km/h) and 20,000ft (6,096m).
China Airlines A350-900 B-18901 (msn 49) at the launch ceremony, with the Mikado Pheasant applied after delivery clearly visible on the aft fuselage.
A Royal Australian Air Force Airbus KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport takes off on another mission in support of Australian and coalition aircraft over Iraq and Syria.
A RAF Voyager from RAF Brize Norton provided air refuelling for all legs of Eastern Venture.
C-12J 86-0080 assigned to Air Force Materiel Command’s 586th Flight Test Squadron fitted with an AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pod during a flight-test programme undertaken by team Have Light.
CHC Scotia AW139 G-SNSF (s/n 31407) arrived at Norwich International Airport, Norfolk on October 26, 2016 with the emergency flotation bags deployed. The reason for the deployed floatation bags is unknown.
The TB-30 Epsilon is currently the type for the pre-advanced fighter course but will be replaced in the next few years.
F/A-18F Super Hornet BuNo 166682/AJ204 assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 213 (VFA-213) ‘Black Lions’ seen at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada loaded with a CATM-84K Stand-off Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response captive carriage training missile. The live equivalent, the AGM-84K is a network enabled, adverse weather, day/night capable air-to-ground weapon designed to strike a land or sea-based, pre-planned target or one of opportunity. The missile carries a 500 lb (227kg) warhead, an infrared seeker, multi-channel GPS and datalink.
Fighter Composite Squadron 13 (VFC-13) ‘Saints’ based at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada has recently rolled-out F-5N BuNo 761578/13 in an all-black glossy paint scheme. The aircraft is seen at Fallon in late October 2016 prior to a mission in support of Carrier Air Wing 8 detachment. The Saints already fly an all-black two-seat F-5.
The J-20 display was performed only once during Airshow China at the opening ceremony on November 1, 2016, and lasted one minute.
A radar-equipped MQ-8B Fire Scout approaches the 7,300 ft2 flight deck of the USS Coronado.
Star of Airshow China 2014, the Shenyang J-31 fighter looks to be in the side lines this year with only a large model placed on display at this year's show. The openness of information about the J-31 presented at Zhuhai is perhaps proof of the export status given by the Chinese Government to the project. Official J-31 characteristics released at the show; length 17.3m (56ft 9in); wingspan 11.5m (37ft 9in); height 4.8m (15ft 9in); max take-off weight 28,000kg (61,729 lb); weapon payload 8,000kg (17,636 lb) including 2,000kg (4,400 lb) carried internally; max speed Mach 1.8; ceiling 52,500ft (16,000m); combat radius with internal fuel 1,250km (675nm); G-limit +9/-3g; take-off run 450m (1,476ft); landing run 700m (2,297ft). The model on display was given the export name FC-31 Gyrfalcon.
Chengdu Aircraft Corporation presented the Wing Loong II (foreground) and Wing Loong I UAVs on static display.
Inside its exhibition hall, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China displayed a small model of the Wing Loong l-D, an interim upgrade between versions I and II, featuring a composite airframe and an upgraded engine, probably a diesel. The design process of the Wing Loong l-D characterised for long endurance is complete and the prototype is expected to fly next year.
QF-4E 74-1638/TD with special tail markings for the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron flies through a canyon in California en route from Naval Air Station Point Mugu to Hill Air Force Base in Utah on October 25, 2016.
Pilatus says its two PC-24 flight test aircraft have now completed more than 1,000 hours of flight testing.
An artist's impression of a UPS Airlines Boeing 747-8F. The airline has ordered 14 and signed for 14 more options.
One of Alaska Airlines' newest aircraft is 737-990ER N265AK (c/n 62682) which has been painted into a red, white and blue paint scheme to honour US military personnel.
Basler BT-67 C-FGCX (DC-3C s/n 19446) seen at Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport, Roatan, Honduras, in early November 2016. The aircraft registered to Kenn Borek Air of Calgary, Alberta, bears the livery of CHINARE, the Chinese National Antarctic Research Expedition. The aircraft is likely to have been staging through Roatan en route to Antarctica in support of CHINARE’s summer deployment there.
An artist's rendering of the production version of two Bell V-280s.
When the AG600 makes its maiden flight currently planned for the first quarter of 2017, the type will be the world's largest flying amphibious aircraft. Production output could ramp-up to six aircraft per year, and the manufacturer estimates a demand in China for 50 aircraft; export orders may be added. CAIGA has announced it has received letters of intent for 17 AG600 amphibians all from Chinese operators.
Externally, the Chengdu Cloud Shadow UAV resembles a much scaled-down version of the jet-powered General Atomics Avenger (formerly the Predator C).
The CH-5 on static display at Zhuhai carried two types of anti-tank missiles loaded on six underwing pylons.
Airshow China saw the unveiling of a model of the C9X9, a new widebody airliner that will be jointly developed by China and Russia.