Air Pictorial 1999-10
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Could the USAF MiG-21F, 80965, be the famous Iraqi example, flown by a defecting pilot to Israel and given the nose number ‘007’?
МиГ-21Ф-13 "Have Doughnut" в полете
A Polish MiG-29 preparing for the next flight from the highway strip at Kliniska.
Some 30 different types of aircraft are now available, ranging in price from ?29.50 for small fighters like the Hurricane and Mustang, to ?35.50 for the Mosquito (shown) and Beaufort.
Bold codes, but no fin flashes, are features of these 88 Sqn aircraft, escorted by two Hawk 75-C1s of Groupe de Chasse II/4, Armee de l’Air. Surprisingly, all three Battles survived the German onslaught in May 1940 to serve with the Canadian and Australian air forces.
Phimat and BOZ countermeasure pods, more usually associated with the Tornado bomber version, are seen on the left and right outer wing positions, respectively, of this F.3 fight­er from RAF Leeming. The tanker is a USAF 128th ARW KC-135.
Parked at Rand Airport, Johannesburg, in June 1999, was ex-French AF Sud-Aviation Caravelle IIR 9Q-CNA in the colours of Malu Aviation, and reportedly destined for Gabon Express.
A rare visitor to East Midlands on August 11, 1999, was this Air Cairo Tupolev Tu-204-120C freighter. Powered by Rolls-Royce RB211-534E4 turbofans, the aircraft is one of 13 ordered by the Kato Group of Egypt in March 1996. The aircraft, SU-EAG, was subsequently inspected by R-R.
Four Saab Gripens took part in the exercise, this example landing after a sortie to the ranges.
One of two Oman government Boeing 747SP transports which stopped at RAF Brize Norton in mid-July 1999. A4O-SO carries a prominent roof-mounted comms fairing.
Taiwan’s China Airlines recently placed re-equipment orders for seven Airbus A340-300s (shown) and 13 Boeing 747-400 Freighters for delivery from mid-2000.
Polish Airline LOT is flying the first of its new Embraer ERJ-145s, SP-LGA, into Zurich on a regular service from Warsaw.
Embraer delivered the first ERJ-135 on July 23, 1999, N16501 being destined for Continental Express.
The Battle prototype, K4303, shortly before being shown at the RAF Display in June 1936. It made its first flight in the hands of Chris Staniland from Fairey’s Great West aerodrome on March 10, 1936.
For night operations, these 12 Sqn aircraft have shields to reduce exhaust glare for the pilot and the centre portion of the glazed cockpit has been painted over to help the work of the bomb-aimer/observer.
Three No 218 Sqn Fairey Battles, coded HA, formate for the official photographer just after transferring to France. Only the leading aircraft would survive, being returned to the UK in March; the other two were shot down during operations in May 1940.
Three No 218 Sqn Fairey Battles, coded HA, formate for the official photographer just after transferring to France. Only the leading aircraft would survive, being returned to the UK in March; the other two were shot down during operations in May 1940.
Bold codes, but no fin flashes, are features of these 88 Sqn aircraft, escorted by two Hawk 75-C1s of Groupe de Chasse II/4, Armee de l’Air. Surprisingly, all three Battles survived the German onslaught in May 1940 to serve with the Canadian and Australian air forces.
A French officer meets the crew of a 226 Sqn Battle after a reconnaissance sortie.
The ‘swing-wing’ MiG-23 is gradually disappearing from front-line service, the Polish examples being due for retirement shortly.
Due for imminent delivery from Stans, Switzerland, in August 1999, was Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter 7T-VCG for Algerian operator Tassili Airlines. Together with 7T-VCH, the aircraft will be used for oilfield exploration work.
The new Boeing 767-400ER, which made its public debut on August 26, 1999.
Also at the show was this Lancaster nose section.
GIVEN new impetus by the prodigious output of Corgi models, metal aircraft miniatures have become a very collectable subject. One of the largest specialist ranges currently available is that from Devon-based Western Models which has a fine range of 1:200th scale airliners, bombers and utility aircraft. They sent a Lockheed C-121 in MATS colours for review and its attention to detail and overall shape is of a high quality.
Former Luftwaffe aircraft will soon be appearing in UK and Thai colours
Alpha Jets in the news. The Force Aerienne Beige (FAB) is unusual in accepting sponsorship for its display aircraft, the blue example of 11 Smaldeel receiving this scheme, courtesy Breitling. The red aircraft was painted to mark the Alpha Jet’s 20th year of service with the FAB. Both were seen at the RIAT 99 show.
Sabena took delivery of OO-SNE, the first of 34 A320s, on September 2, 1999, the Belgian carrier now operating a fleet of Airbus types including the A319, A330 and A340.
As part of its ever expanding range of exhibits, the Helicopter Museum at West-super-Mare, Somerset, took delivery of a record-breaking Hughes YOH-6A Cayuse scout helicopter, nicknamed Loach, on September 3, 1999. Serial 624213 is one of five prototypes, built in 1963, and holds the world record for US coast-to-coast flight by a helicopter, non-stop, without refuelling - 2,213 miles (3,561.55 km) in 15 hours, set up in April 1966.
French charter operator Westair flies this ex-Sabena Boeing 737-229 F-GVAC (previously OO-SDA) c/n 20907, which was seen at Caen, Normandy, on August 15, 1999.
DHL Airways took delivery of the first of six Airbus A300B4 freighter conversions from British Aerospace Aviation Services at Filton on August 16, 1999. The aircraft, capable of carrying some 45 tonnes of cargo, will operate from DHL’s Cincinnati base.
Braathens/Malmo operated BAe 146-200 SE-DRD into Edinburgh recently, painted with a Web Ware logo. It flew a summer weekend charter from Gothenburg, returning via Innsbruck and Bologna.
European Aviation has converted BAC One-Eleven 500 G-AVML into executive configuration to join an existing aircraft, and has applied this black-trimmed scheme.
The BAe Hawk’s 25th anniversary of its first flight, on August 21, 1974, was marked at RAF Valley by a small display on August 20, 1999. As well as having appropriately painted markings on the fins of some aircraft, XX258 carried NSPCC titling on the tail in recognition of one of the Station’s main charities.
US Army RC-7B, the type which crashed in Colombia on anti-drug operations on July 23, 1999. Photographed at Hagerstown, Md.
A new British operator, JMC Airlines, will become a familiar sight next year when it begins holiday charters
Seen at the much-acclaimed Fifties Festival of Flying, held at Coventry Airport by Air Atlantique on August 15, 1999, Avro Anson C.21 G-VROE now carries RAF Bomber Command colours as WD413, following its Gulf Air involvement
Douglas DC-2 at Bruntingthorpe on August 4, 1999, preparing to depart for Amsterdam for display in the Aviadome. It carries KLM colours as Uiver, the 1934 Mildenhall Air Race contestant.
Acquired by DH Moth Club secretary and event organiser, Stuart McKay MBE, in 1970, and painstakingly restored to return to the air on December 4, 1998, Tiger Moth G-AZZZ carries the elegant colour scheme of Capt Geoffrey de Havilland’s personal DH.60G Moth, G-AAAA.
The two German-registered Tigers, D-EEAJ and HHT.
Appearing for the first time this summer on the UK fly-in circuit was recently-restored Luscombe 8E Silvaire G-BVMD (c/n 5265). Built in 1948 and registered NC2538K, the aircraft was well-travelled over the following 30 years, ending up crated in Ostend before arriving in the UK in the early-1990s. It is pictured at a Redhill display in July 1999.
Progress with the British WAH-64 Apache attack helicopter programme continues with the first flight in the UK of ZJ168, designated WAH No 3, at GKN Westland’s Yeovil airfield on August 26, 1999.
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II 0-21004 at Pima Air Museum, As.
Phimat and BOZ countermeasure pods, more usually associated with the Tornado bomber version, are seen on the left and right outer wing positions, respectively, of this F.3 fight­er from RAF Leeming. The tanker is a USAF 128th ARW KC-135.
Elvington’s Air Spectacular at the end of August 1999 produced a lively show. Among types it attracted was de Havilland Vampire T.11 (G-VMPR), carrying the insignia of No 603 ‘City of Edinburgh’ Sqn, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, appropriate markings, given the 75th anniversary of the auxiliaries
A C-130J-30 stretched version for the RAF, designated C.4.
A C-130J-30 stretched version for the RAF, designated C.4.
A treat for visitors on the Sunday was a brief appearance by 1937-built Morane-Saulnier 317 HB- RAO. It made two fly-bys’, but due to the nature of the event, did not land.
Arriving at Palma on July 31, 1999, was Euralair Boeing 737-800 F-GRNC in the colours of the FRAM tour company.
Basking in glorious sunshine, the Swiss-owned and registered DH Moth Major HB-UPE (c/n 5078) returned to the UK skies 65 years after it left for Switzerland. Immaculately maintained, it proved an eye-catching rarity. Behind is a line of three D.H.87B Hornet Moths.