Air International 2017-07
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The three active MiG-29s on the main flightline at Batajnica. Nearest to the camera is the MiG-29UB trainer 18301, with MiG-29s 18108 and 18102 behind.
All overhauled Serbian MiG-29s received additional modifications including anti-collision lights (one on top of the fuselage spine, the other on the bottom of the port-side engine nacelle) and a reinforcement plate on each wingtip.
Illuminated by a floodlight, MiG-29 18102 is seen as part of the QRA flight (note a pair of R-60MK missiles) at Batajnica, during a foggy winter night.
Ground crews prepare MiG-29 18102 for training on a cold winter day, using the AMK-24/56-131 truck-mounted conditioner to pre-heat the aircraft’s systems. Note the single UZR-73 train­ing round (an inert training variant of the R-73 air-to-air missile, capable of acquiring targets), suggesting an air-to-air training sortie.
MiG-29 18101 was the first aircraft to come out of overhaul in 2008 and is seen taking off from Batajnica Air Base on a regular training flight in a winter setting in mid-February 2009. Due to a serious technical defect, this aircraft has been grounded and inoperative for some time now.
MiG-29 18102, performing during an open day at Batajnica Air Base on October 1, 2016, presents the standard QRA load of a pair of R-60MK air-to-air missiles on the outermost pylons and the PTB-1500 auxiliary fuel tank below the fuselage.
Head-on with a MiG-29.
The modernised cockpit of aircraft 18108 viewed from the pilot's seat. The new PU-29 control panel (with a small colour LCD display) is mounted on the ILS-31 head-up display and the new MFI-54 multifunctional colour LCD display sits where the IPV-2 direct-line-of-sight display used to be.
F-15C 85-0102/JZ, the 159th Fighter Wing commander’s aircraft, was the only Eagle participating in Frisian Flag fitted with a AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pod. The aircraft has three green stars painted under the windshield, each representing an Iraqi Air Force jet shot down during Operation Desert Storm.
All five Monte Real-based F-16AMs had Have Glass coating applied, which helps to reduce the aircraft’s radar signature.
A member of the airframes shop, assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 (VMFA-115) ‘Silver Eagles’ performs maintenance on the tail hook of an F/A-18A+ Hornet on the flight deck of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
Armee de l’Air C-135FR 470/31-CA sits on Eindhoven Air Base's western apron. The tanker had to cancel several EART sorties due to technical issues and departed early on April 5, 2017.
Captured departing RAF Brize Norton, the C-17 gives the Royal Air Force a long-range strategic heavy-lift transport aircraft that offers the ability to project and sustain a force close to a potential area of operations for combat, peacekeeping or humanitarion missions worldwide.
The Royal Air Force’s C-17 Globemaster III fleet is an important component of the UK Joint Rapid Reaction Force. A No.99 Squadron C-17 cuts an imposing shape as it departs from Brize Norton on another mission.
Silver by nickname, silver by paint scheme. The F-22 is sometimes referred to as the silver bullet. This example looks particularly silver in the bright light and wears tail markings for the 1st Fighter Wing.
The forward fuselage of this F-22 shows visible signs of repairs to the low-observable coatings.
Atlantic Trident provided opportunities to see four of the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft alongside one another. A Rafale C shares the end of runway ramp with an F-22 awaiting take-off clearance for an afternoon mission.
Across generations; a fourth-generation RAF Typhoon FGR4 alongside a fifth-generation F-22 Raptor.
F-22 Raptors taxi to runway 26.
Formation shot of each type of aircraft participating in Exercise Atlantic Challenge 2017.
The unmistakeable curves about the forward fuselage of a Dassault Rafale with tail markings of Regiment de Chasse 2/30 ‘Normandie-Niemen’ based at BA118 Mont-de-Marsan in south west France.
Atlantic Trident provided opportunities to see four of the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft alongside one another. A Rafale C shares the end of runway ramp with an F-22 awaiting take-off clearance for an afternoon mission.
The GE Aviation TrueChoice Transitions pool occasionally includes older GE90s fitted to current-production widebodies such as the Boeing 777.
One of the ten Luftwaffe Eurofighters from TaktLwG 31 ‘Boelcke’ at Leeuwarden was the wing's flagship 31+31, which has artwork applied to commemorate Oswald Boelcke was who born 125 years ago.
This Luftwaffe Eurofighter clearly shows a Litening III targeting pod mounted on the centreline station. Frisian Flag was the first exercise in which Luftwaffe Eurofighters had operated in the air-to-surface role.
Across generations; a fourth-generation RAF Typhoon FGR4 alongside a fifth-generation F-22 Raptor.
Formation shot of each type of aircraft participating in Exercise Atlantic Challenge 2017.
The three active MiG-29s on the main flightline at Batajnica. Nearest to the camera is the MiG-29UB trainer 18301, with MiG-29s 18108 and 18102 behind.
The only remaining MiG-29UB two-seat trainer in RV i PVO service is 18301, the first and oldest former Yugoslavian MiG-29 delivered to Batajnica on September 24, 1987.
M-346FA demonstrator CSX.55219 on a photo flight from Venegono.
An Aeronautica Militare aircraft, with test serial CSX.55152, was used as the M-346FT demonstrator seen on a photo flight from Venegono loaded with two AIM-9L Sidewinders, two GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs and a Rafale Litening targeting pod.
M-346FA loaded with four IRIS-T air-to-air missiles.
M-346FA loaded with four AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.
Flares dispensing in a maritime attack training sortie.
Night missions are part of the fighter pilots’ course syllabus at Beja.
Alpha Jet 15211 has retained the markings applied back in 2003 for Esq 103’s 50th anniversary. EICPAC stands for Fighter Aircraft Pilots Complementary Instruction School.
Three of the six remaining Forca Aerea Portuguesa Alpha Jets wear a special livery. The jet in the foreground, 15236, received its tail markings in 2012 when the fleet reached 50,000 flight hours.
The Esq 103 ramp prior to a four-ship mission.
Armament release was introduced in the fighter pilots’ course syllabus with the arrival of the Alpha Jet. In the 2016 edition of Exercise Real Thaw in Portugal, an Esq 103 aircraft managed a simulated kill of an F-15 Eagle.
A cockpit upgrade was one of the features of a life extension programme.
Numbers of CFM56-5BS (for Airbus A320-family aircraft) and CFM56-7BS (for Boeing 737NGs) for exchange are bound to grow substantially as more and more A320s and 737NGs are retired.
No.70 Squadron A400M Atlas C1s operated between RAF Brize Norton to Keevil in Wiltshire, seen here, and Woodbridge airfield in Suffolk in support of 16 Air Assault Task Force during Exercise Joint Warrior 17-1 in March 2017. No.24 Squadron C Flight is the A400M Operational Conversion Flight.
The BAE 146s of No.32(TR) Squadron, one of which is pictured preparing for departure at Brize Norton, and Agusta 109E based at RAF Northolt in west London are other types supported by the AMOCU.
T-38Cs assigned to the 71st Fighter Training Squadron, 1st Fighter Wing were as­signed to the Red air force simulating striker aircraft during Atlantic Challenge 2017.
The pilot of a T-38C runs through some cockpit checks. T-38Cs assigned to the 71st Fighter Training Squadron based at Langley are now dubbed ‘Langley Adversaries’ reflecting their role as professional adversaries for the local F-22 Raptor squadrons.
Formation shot of each type of aircraft participating in Exercise Atlantic Challenge 2017.
GE Aviation’s TrueChoice Transitions pool covers every major turbofan-engine model GE Aviation has made over the past 30 years, including CF6-50C2S. This CF6-50C2-powered Finnair Airbus A330-302 OH-LTT (msn 1088) is pictured departing Helsinki.
Formation shot of each type of aircraft participating in Exercise Atlantic Challenge 2017.
The main component of the Red air force during Atlantic Trident was provided by F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 391 st Fighter Squadron based at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Squadron aircraft have tiger-style fin flashes denoting the unit’s ‘Bold Tigers' name.
Mission markings on a 391st F-15E applied during deployment to the US Central Command area of responsibility denoting weapons released over Iraq and Syria.
Maintained remove pins from, and check over, an F-15E as part of last chance checks at the end of runway ramp prior to departure.
A Voyager flight crew during an air-to-air refuelling mission. The AMOCU provides support services to this and other Royal Air Force air mobility platforms.
Each E-6B is fitted with an array of antennas along the top of the fuselage forward and aft of the dorsal radome, fitted during the Block I upgrade to house a suite of MILSTAR satellite communication antennas. Matthew Clement
E-6B BuNo 163920 (c/n 23893) is assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20 (VX-20) based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. This jet serves as Naval Air Systems Command’s test-bed to support the active-duty fleet based at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
E-6B Mercury BuNo 164387 (c/n 24500) landing at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk. This image shows many of the antennas and communication system blisters fitted to the fuselage, wingtip and vertical fin HF probe antennas, and wingtip antenna fairings.
Each E-6B is fitted with an array of antennas along the top of the fuselage forward and aft of the dorsal radome, fitted during the Block I upgrade to house a suite of MILSTAR satellite communication antennas.
A view of the new E-6B cockpit simulator developed by Northrop Grumman and Naval Air Systems Command.
An analysis engineer from the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, monitors the status of a simulated Minuteman III missile aboard a E-6B Mercury during Glory Trip 220 on April 26, 2017.
A test conductor-airborne on the left and a deputy missile combat crew commander-airborne work through missile launch procedures on board a E-6B Mercury.
Launch command of a simulated Minuteman III missile aboard a E-6B Mercury above the Pacific Ocean on April 25, 2017. The missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
A deputy missile combat crew commander-airborne from the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, goes through pre-launch procedures aboard a E-6B Mercury above the Pacific Ocean on April 25, 2017. The training was undertaken during an operational test launch event dubbed Glory Trip 220 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California used to verify, validate and improve the capability of America’s ICBM force.
An airman with the 625th Strategic Operations Squad­ron, reads a technical order booklet in front of the Airborne Launch Control System procedures trainer at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.
An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 (VMFA-323) 'Death Rattlers’ launches from the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
Marines perform an engine swap on an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
Marines move an engine to an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 (VMFA-251) Thunderbolts' aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
A Marine applies sealant to an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
A Marine maintainer performs maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Marines refuel an F/A-18D Hornet assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather) 332 at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq in October 2005.
Marine maintainers install a new motor on a F/A-18D Hornet.
Lifting off runway 29 at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. Lockheed Martin’s Marietta plant shares the Dobbins runway.
Unlike the C-130J, the LM-100J is not fitted with knee windows as shown is this shot.
25 мая 2017г. с аэродрома компании Lockheed Martin в Мариетте (США, штат Джорджия) выполнил первый полет прототип гражданского грузового самолета LM-100J, созданного на основе военно-транспортного C-130J-30 Super Hercules. От гражданских «Геркулесов» L-100 новый вариант отличается установкой современных двигателей AE2100D3 с воздушными винтами Dowty R391, цифровой авионикой и системами, а также двучленным экипажем. Максимальная коммерческая нагрузка LM-100J составляет 21,86 т, максимальная скорость - 660 км/ч, а дальность с грузом 18 т - 4540 км. Сертификацию самолета планируют завершить в следующем году
Lockheed Martin's first LM-100J N5103D (c/n 5818) on its May 25, 2017 first flight.
The flight test crew for the maiden flight from left to right; Kevin Meadows (loadmaster), James Holdaway (loadmaster), Wayne Roberts (lead pilot), David Konneker (co-pilot) and Tom Potteiger (avionics engineer).
Lockheed Martin Security and Emergency Services’ fire trucks provided the crew of N5103D with a water cannon salute at the end of the May 25, 2017 maiden flight.
Roll-out of the first LM-100J took place at Marietta on February 9, 2017.
RAF Brize Norton Transport Wing C-130 Hercules do not carry squadron markings. A Hercules C4 is seen here completing a tactical landing on an austere surface on the Salisbury Plain Training Area. No.24 Squadron’s A and B Flights are responsible for the Royal Air Force's Hercules operational conversion and tactical and special forces component respectively.
Aeronautica Militare KC-767A MM62228/14-03 lands at Eindhoven at the end of an afternoon mission in support of Frisian Flag.
Most of the exchange engines CFM has in its current pool are older CFM56-3 variants as now-vintage Boeing 737-300s, 737-400S and 737-500S have been retired.
A P&WC PW150 for a Bombardier Q400. Pratt & Whitney Canada owns the largest rental pool of engines of any company, having positioned some 850 rental and exchange engines throughout the world.
Numbers of CFM56-5BS (for Airbus A320-family aircraft) and CFM56-7BS (for Boeing 737NGs) for exchange are bound to grow substantially as more and more A320s and 737NGs are retired.
The lead aircraft in a flight of four F-35A Lightning lls turns in to the pattern at Langley
Formation shot of each type of aircraft participating in Exercise Atlantic Challenge 2017.
Six F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron based at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida made the type’s debut in Exercise Atlantic Trident 2017.