Air International 2017-12
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An HH-101A in the hover during an evening training mission. Note the forward-looking infrared, the LOAM, self-defence sensors, and the in-flight refuelling probe.
Hovering while training with a stretcher for SAR operations. The HH-101A is already operational in this role.
The third HH-101A delivered to 15 Stormo on take-off from Cervia Air Base.
The Caesar has been designed with three positions for self-defence weapons including the M134D 7.62mm gun in the side window.
The 433 Squadron crews were busy during SERPENTEX. Here, one Hornet is undergoing maintenance, while another is being refuelled and the third is flying.
An F-22 Raptor receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
A 1st Fighter Wing F-22 pilot and crew chief prepare to launch a jet for take-off at Langley.
The fast jet flightline at Solenzara during the final week of SERPENTEX. The number of Rafales and Mirages varied from week to week.
A developmental 777X flight deck. The five large-format display screens will mean the flight deck will look like a 787's, although Boeing says similar flight control laws, Rockwell Collins avionics and positioning control switches in the same places as current-generation aircraft will maximise commonality.
Touchscreen flight deck displays will feature resistive technology that, by requiring a firm rather than a light touch to operate the display, is designed to avoid unintentional interaction.
High-speed wind tunnel testing for the 777X was carried out in the Boeing Transonic Wind Tunnel in Seattle. Data from the high-speed tests helped with configuration development by validating computational fluid dynamics predictions and support preliminary loads cycle development.
With an 8,131ft3 (230.2m3) lower-deck cargo hold, compared to 7,120ft3 (201.6m3) on the 777-300ER, the 777-9 will be able to carry 48 LD-3s (26 in the forward hold and 22 in the rear hold).
The Boeing 777X will feature raked, folding wingtips.
The 777-9 will be the largest twin-jet airliner ever built and it will be 10ft (3m) longer than the 777-300ER; four extra fuselage frames give it the extra length compared to the current-production model.
The Boeing 777-9X and 777-8X (at rear) were officially launched on November 17, 2013 with commitments from four airlines.
The 777-9 is optimised for around 400 seats and 8,200nm (15,185km) range, and the 777-8 for approximately 350 seats and 9,300nm (17,220km) range.
The two Boeing 777X versions have attracted more than 300 orders so far, with Singapore Airlines recently firming an order for 20 777-9s.
A folding wingtip mechanism will extend the 777Xs' wings to their full 235ft 5in (71.7m) span for flight, the mechanism folding upwards to narrow the aircraft's wings for ground operations and ensure taxiway and gate compatibility.
At 105ft (32m) long, the spar is the largest single-piece composite part ever developed for an airliner.
Sierra Nevada Corporation-Embraer's A-29 Super Tucano PT-ZNV loaded with two inert GBU-12 laser-guided bombs over White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
The A-29 Super Tucano releases a GBU-12 laser-guided bomb over White Sands Missile Range.
Sierra Nevada Corporation personnel load an inert GBU-12 laser-guided bomb on to the A-29 for a load demonstration at Holloman.
Sierra Nevada Corporation personnel load 0.50-calibre rounds into the internal machine gun magazines.
Textron Aviation’s AT-6 Wolverine, N630LA, loaded with two 2.75-inch rocket pods, two HMP-400 machine gun pods carrying 0.50-calibre machine guns, and an inert 25lb BDU-33 practice bomb over White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
Textron's AT-6 Wolverine N630LA in a shelter at Holloman, quite possibly once used by F-15C Eagles assigned to the 49th Fighter Wing until 1992 and F-117 Nighthawks between 1992 and 2004.
Upgraded AH-64D Apache Longbow (s/n 069) participated in Exercise Wallaby for the first time this year.
A RSAF Apache Longbow returns to Rockhampton Airport after a sortie in Exercise Wallaby 2017.
An Apache receives fuel at an outfield deployment site. The ability to be deployed in such an area prolongs the ability for the Apache to support ground forces further in the exercise area.
An AFE loads an inert AGM-114 Hellfire missile at an outfield deployment site during Exercise Wallaby.
The fast jet flightline at Solenzara during the final week of SERPENTEX. The number of Rafales and Mirages varied from week to week.
X-2 ShinShin 51-0001 during its maiden flight from Nagoya to Gifu Air Base on April 22, 2016.
The X-2 demonstrator landing at Gifu Air Base in October 2017 with a spin recovery chute fitted for high-angle-of-attack testing.
This landing shot of the X-2 shows the configuration of the diamond-shaped engine inlets and the chine of the forward fuselage; features associated with fifth-generation aircraft designs.
Textron's production-standard E530 Scorpion N532TX over White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, during a sortie staged to determine the type's handling and flying qualities.
Airmen get a look at the Textron Scorpion at Holloman Air Force Base during the light attack experiment.
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson tours the AT-802 Longsword with members from the Air Tractor and L3 team.