Air Pictorial 1995-01
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At a military training area near Kabul is a wealth of inoperable equipment including the fuselage of Antonov An-2 No 225 (shown) and the hulk of a Mil Mi-4. Both formerly operated with the Afghan AF.
Skeletal remains of an An-2 at Riga-Spilve, typical of the wrecks that exist at most airfields in the Baltic countries.
Pictured at Warsaw-Okecie Airport in November 1994 was this Antonov An-26 SP-FTL, cln 5002, operating cargo flights for DHL.
Ex-Aeroflot Il-14 at Riga.
Operating a cargo flight on behalf of Lufthansa to East Midlands on November 8, 1994, but diverted to Manchester is Il-18 LZ-AZZ of Air Zory
Pictured at Jalalabad is Mi-24W No 109, believed to belong to President Rabbani’s government forces and carrying the triangular national marking first used during the 1960s. Over the exhaust ducts are infra-red suppression boxes and at the forward end of the tailboom is an infra-red jammer.
With reference to reader Bob Brown’s letter above, perhaps he saw the experimental Liberator GR Mk V FL927/G which was fitted with rocket projectiles on the forward fuselage mounted four per side. Tested in 1943, it was not adopted as standard.
Present at Lakenheath in early October 1994 for European familiarisation were two F-117A's from 49FW at Holloman. Pictured here is 816/HO F-117A on approach to Lakenheath on 13th October 1994.
Winning folio was from Sgt Rick Brewell, DPR, London, and 'Bomb Load’ showing armourers loading a Jaguar in Italy was one of the set that gained him the prize.
Led by Oberstleutenant Heinz Bar, Jagdgeschwader 3, inflicted heavy damage on Eindhoven in Holland as these Canadian pictures show. No. 39 (Reconnaissance) Wing lost nine Spitfires (shown) plus a further 13 damaged, while the two Typhoon Wings, No 124 and 143 with eight squadrons, could muster only 24 serviceable aircraft between them.
Led by Oberstleutenant Heinz Bar, Jagdgeschwader 3, inflicted heavy damage on Eindhoven in Holland as these Canadian pictures show. No. 39 (Reconnaissance) Wing lost nine Spitfires (shown) plus a further 13 damaged, while the two Typhoon Wings, No 124 and 143 with eight squadrons, could muster only 24 serviceable aircraft between them.
‘Instrument of Darkness’ won the Best Aircraft and Equipment for Cpl John Cassidy of HQ Strike Command and shows a Tornado GR.1 at the entrance to its Hardened Aircraft Shelter.
Memories of the famous ‘Black Bunny’ F-4 Phantom have been revived by this latest addition to the US Navy’s Weapons Centre at Point Mugu, Calif. Grumman F-14D Tomcat 164604 carries the all-black scheme of its predecessor with the XF code and tail stripes and is seen landing at NAS Miramar on October 27, 1994.
But for the damaged tailplane, this Ariana Yak-40 could almost be flyable. Behind is the unmanned Kabul Airport control tower.
Also preserved in the training area is Mil Mi-24 Hind A No 342, devoid of rotors and engines it perches on purpose-built stone piers.
Restored in the colours of TALA Colombia is this ex-Colombian Air Force PBY Catalina (612) now registered HK-2115. It is seen at Madrid Air Base, Bogota.
At a military training area near Kabul is a wealth of inoperable equipment including the fuselage of Antonov An-2 No 225 (shown) and the hulk of a Mil Mi-4. Both formerly operated with the Afghan AF.
Ex-RAF Andover XS597/G-BUNJ of 32 Sqn seen at Southend in November 1994 undergoing civil conversion and registered in Swaziland as 3D-ATS.
Reader Tim Walker wondered if anyone can add any details to this view, taken at Blackpool in the 1930s, which shows a joyriding Avro with his great-grandmother in the rear seat.
Best Colour Photograph was ‘Dusk Patrol' by Cpl Andy Smith, RAF Waddington, depicting a Jetstream T.1.
BAe Harrier ZB605, the first T.8N trainer which made its first flight last July and is now undergoing trials.
Led by Oberstleutenant Heinz Bar, Jagdgeschwader 3, inflicted heavy damage on Eindhoven in Holland as these Canadian pictures show. No. 39 (Reconnaissance) Wing lost nine Spitfires plus a further 13 damaged, while the two Typhoon Wings, No 124 and 143 with eight squadrons, could muster only 24 serviceable aircraft between them. The Typhoon remains, shown, were from 439 Sqn.
Best Air-to-Air picture went to SAC Pete Mobbs, RAFAT, RAF Scampton, for ‘Sun­down’, showing five BAe Hawks of the Red Arrows.
Their duty done, RAF Bomber and Coastal Command Wellingtons being scrapped at Little Rissington, Gloucestershire, immediately after the war. More than 140 can be counted.
Visiting Europe in October 1994 to convince military leaders of the value of the J-STARS surveillance system was E-8A 86-0417 in full US Air Force insignia. It visited Mildenhall on October 15, 1994
A brand-new AG-5 at Riga.
The neo-classical airport terminal at Riga-Spilve with a Rallye in the foreground.