Air International 2017-01
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Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15Cs on the flight line at Campia Turzii during Exercise Dacian Eagle 2016.
F-16AM 1608 and F-16BM 1610 in formation with LanceR C6807. The ageing MiG-21F upgraded with Israeli avionics in the late 1990s and early 2000s is set to remain in service until 2020.
The first six F-16s arrived in Romania with only nine pilots trained on the type in Portugal. More pilots will be converted to the type locally using a mix of FAR and Forca Aerea Portuguesa instructors.
A Romanian F-16 pilot after the ferry flight from Monte Real Air Base in Portugal to Borcea-Fetesti.
All six FAR F-16s ready to depart Monte Real Air Base on September 29, 2016 for Borcea-Fetesti in south-east Romania.
F-16AM 1608 and F-16BM 1610 in formation with LanceR C6807. The ageing MiG-21F upgraded with Israeli avionics in the late 1990s and early 2000s is set to remain in service until 2020.
Australia is one of seven international F/A-18 Hornet customers. The type continues to equip three front line Royal Australian Air Force squadrons and one operational conversion unit.
With a combined thrust of 32,000 lb (142.3kN) generated by two GE F404-GE-400 low-bypass turbofan engines, an Ejercito del Aire EF-18M takes off with full reheat.
As of September 2016, Ejercito del Aire EF-18M C.15-41/15-28 retains this full-colour paint scheme applied in 2010 to mark the 25th anniversary of Ala 15 based at Zaragoza Air Base.
Six UH-90As, one of which is seen on the range at Monte Romano near Viterbo, will be assigned to 3° REOS.
An AP-3C Orion jettisons flares during a self-protection systems trial conducted by the Aircraft Research and Development Unit based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia.
An AP-3C releases an Air Sea Rescue Kit during a training mission off the South Australian coast. The kits provide survivors with two life rafts and several days worth of supplies.
The shot shows the arrangement of sonobouy launch tubes in the aft fuselage underside.
Lockheed Neptune SP-2H A89-273 (VH-IOY) is operated by the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society based at Illawarra Regional Airport, New South Wales. The aircraft is shown in formation with an AP-3C Orion during the Townsville Defence Force Air Show.
AP-3C Orion A9-653 lands at RAAF Base Curtin, Western Australia, during Exercise Northern Shield 2016.
This shot shows the FLIR Systems nose-mounted Star Safire III electro-optical and infrared imaging systems.
Avionics technicians load a CATM-84J captive carriage training missile onto an AP-3C Orion aircraft.
The flight deck of Update II standard AP-3C A9-752 shows how much of the cockpit functions with analogue displays.
Air Combat Officers and Airborne Electronics Analysts at their sensor stations during anti-submarine warfare training.
A UH-72A Lakota on final approach to Hohenfels Army Air Field’s runway 27. On the left, an OPFOR Lakota is hover taxiing back to its parking position while left of the runway, two UH-60 Blackhawks can be seen on medevac duty.
An AH-1Z prepares to engage targets during an offensive air support exercise at the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, California.
The AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile has been carried by F-22s since the type’s initial operational capability declaration in December 2005. Today the 411th Flight Test Squadron is testing the AIM-9X version which features jet vane control.
The 411th Flight Test Squadron is currently conducting missile launches of the D-model of the AIM-120 AMRAAM missile as part of the Increment 3.2B test programme.
F-22 91-4009/ED releases a GBU-31 JDAM; the first air-to-surface weapon cleared for operational use on the Raptor.
F-22 91-4009/ED releases four GBU-39 test vehicles over the Pacific Sea Test Range off the coast of southern California. This was the first four-bomb ripple release of GBU-39s undertaken as part of the Increment 3.2A test programme.
Seven F-22 Raptors parked on the 411th Flight Test Squadron flight line on August 10, 2016. Interestingly, the aircraft third in from the camera, F-22 07-4132/ED, is shown with an external weapon load comprising a single AIM-9X Sidewinder and a single AIM-120D AMRAAM carried on a guided missile launcher fitted to the left wing underwing pylon.
Lockheed Neptune SP-2H A89-273 (VH-IOY) is operated by the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society based at Illawarra Regional Airport, New South Wales. The aircraft is shown in formation with an AP-3C Orion during the Townsville Defence Force Air Show.
LanceR 9536 taxiing at Campia Turzii for a training mission.
The LanceR B is a two-seat training version with a strike capability.
The JMRC's last UH-1H Hueys flew alongside the UH-72A Lakota in 2010 and early 2011 before they were withdrawn from use in April 2011. The camouflage was meant to resemble Mil Mi-24s.
The second Aviazone dell'Esercito ICH-47F MM.81779/E.I.702 over Lake Maggiore, northern Italy, before delivery. Clearly visible are the three chaff and flare dispensers on the rear part of port side, part of the SIAP seLf-defence suite.
A CH-47C from 3° REOS con­ducting a soft boat release mission with the 185° Reggimento Artiglieria Paracadutisti during marginal weather conditions in the Thyrrenean Sea.
A CH-47C embarking soft boats before a soft boat release mission.
An ICH-47F taxiing at Viterbo, with a CH-47C taking off behind. Clearly visible under the Foxtrot’s nose are the new Selex ES LOAM system, a FLIR sensor, and a high-intensity searchlight.
The ICH-47F’s advanced glass cockpit is dominated by five colour multifunction displays.
The cargo cabin of the ICH-47F is similar to the older CH-47C, but features simpler hooking systems.
An MV-22B Osprey refuels from a KC-130J during a WTI 1-17 mission.
Marines with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division embark on an MV-22B Osprey before a marine expeditionary unit exercise at Yuma.
An MV-22 crew chief with VMM-162, surveys the flight line during a training event dubbed Assault Support Tactics 3.
LanceR 5917 taxiing to its parking spot at Campia Turzii after an air patrol mission.
Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15Cs on the flight line at Campia Turzii during Exercise Dacian Eagle 2016.
F-16AM 1608 and F-16BM 1610 in formation with LanceR C6807. The ageing MiG-21F upgraded with Israeli avionics in the late 1990s and early 2000s is set to remain in service until 2020.
A LanceR assigned to Baza 71 Aeriana on patrol in Romanian airspace.
Commander of Escadrila 711, Colonel Cosma briefing with his crew chief after a mission.
A pilot adjusts his DASH helmet.
Alitalia currently operates 78 A320 Family aircraft on its European network, including A320 EI-DSY (msn 3666).
This year has seen two more A330s join the fleet as Alitalia looks to grow in long-haul; another will arrive in 2017.
Alitalia is seeking to grow its long-haul business and has introduced a new business class on its A330s and Boeing 777s.
Alitalia's revised colour scheme on A330 l-EJGB (msn 831).
The Blue air scenario, for which the JMRC’s green Lakotas are used, involves replicating a number of scenarios including reconnaissance, security, attack, medevac, command and control and limited air assault movement. Here a UH-72A practices with underslung loads.
The UH-72As at JMRC are flown by experienced instructor and standardisation pilots on AH-64 Apache, UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. They use the same tactics and techniques and therefore replicate a realistic scenario.
This UH-72A, serial 09-72100, was the 100th Lakota delivered to the US Army.
A UH-72A Lakota on final approach to Hohenfels Army Air Field’s runway 27. On the left, an OPFOR Lakota is hover taxiing back to its parking position while left of the runway, two UH-60 Blackhawks can be seen on medevac duty.
Four of the Joint Multinational Training Center UH-72As are painted in the bruised banana scheme to represent opposition forces. The other four have a green colour scheme for observer/controller duties.
The UH-72A Lakota entered service with the Joint Multinational Training Center on April 28, 2010. One of the Center's Lakotas, UH-72A 09-72105, is painted in this eye-catching, three-colour paint scheme, known as the 'bruised banana', designed to replicate enemy helicopters.
An OPFOR UH-72A awaiting clearance for take-off at Hohenfels Army Air Field.
The Lakota is flown with a crew of three. The pilot and co-pilot are both observer/coach and the crew chief is the flying maintainer.
Embraer’s Phenom 300.
The Phenom 100E is equipped with Embraer’s Prodigy 100 flight deck, a system based on the Garmin 1000 avionics suite.
The Phenom 300 is equipped with Embraer's Prodigy Touch flight deck based on the Garmin 3000 avionics suite.
A Phenom 100 cabin finished in a style called Tiffany.
The Phenom 300’s cabin is both spacious and light.
Marines with 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment watch as a CH-53E Super Stallion lands with a M777 Flowitzer during a CFI-53 battle drill exercise at Fire Base Burt, in the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range.
A CH-53E Super Stallion lands with a crate of 155mm ammunition during a CFI-53 battle drill exercise at Fire Base Burt.
Marines with the 1st Transport Support Battalion prepare to externally lift a Light Armoured Vehicle during a CH-53 tactics exercise at Auxiliary Airfield II near Yuma, Arizona.
CH-53E Super Stallions refuel from a KC-130J during FINEX 3 on October 22, 2016
CH-53E Super Stallions prepare to land at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California during FINEX 1.
A CH-53E Super Stallion lands at Yuma Proving Ground in a cloud of dust and dirt.
Marines refuel a CH-53E Super Stallion at a forward arming refuelling point at a landing zone dubbed Bull Assault in California on September 27, 2016.
An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 131 (VFA-131) ‘Wildcats’ taxis onto the catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).
An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 251 (VMFA-251) ‘Thunderbolts’ prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
This image of an F/A-18C Hornet during arrestment on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) captures one flight deck procedure at the heart of US Naval aviation: the trap. The F/A-18 Hornet was designed for flight deck ops.
Schweizer Flugwaffe F/A-18C J-5014 dispensing flares during a display at Payerne Air Base.
The two-seat F/A-18D Hornet equips four all weather attack squadrons. F/A-18D Hornet BuNo 164957/WK01 is assigned to Marine Strike Fighter All-Weather Attack Squadron 224 (VMFA-224) ‘Bengals’, one of two such squadrons based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina.
Much of Alitalia's route network is short and medium haul, served by a fleet af A320 Family aircraft, pictured here, and E-Jets.
A UH-1Y engages targets during an offensive air support exercise as part of WTI 1-17.
A UH-1Y engages targets during an urban close air support exercise at Yodaville near Yuma.
A UH-1Y fires flares during an offensive air support exercise.
A UH-1Y lands at a forward arming refuelling point during an offensive air support exercise at the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, California.
Personnel from the 185° Reggimento Artiglieria Paracadutisti undertaking a FRIES training mission in Tuscany from a 3° REOS HH-412.
An aviation ordnance chief supervises the first ever hot load on the F-35B Lightning II.
Marines conduct the first ever hot load on the F-35B Lightning II during WTI 1-17 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, on September 22, 2016.
An MV-22B Osprey refuels from a KC-130J during a WTI 1-17 mission.