Air International 2018-01
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An A-10C Thunderbolt II departs from a KC-135 Stratotanker in a stylish manoeuvre during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
A B-1B Lancer at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on August 17, 2016 prior to the first mission in history in which all three of Air Force Global Strike Command's strategic bomber aircraft (B-1B, B-2 and B-52H) conducted integrated operations in the US Pacific Command area of operations in support of the continuous bomber presence mission.
A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing based at RAF Mildenhall, England, prepares to transfer fuel to B-2 88-0329 Spirit of Missouri from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, off the coast of Spain on June 13, 2017. At the time, two B-2s were deployed to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire to conduct theater bomber assurance and deterrence operations.
A Merlin HM2 assigned to 820 Naval Air Squadron with HMS Queen Elizabeth titles.
Merlin HM2s prepare to touch down on HMS Seahawk's flight deck attended by Royal Navy flight deck handlers.
A typical flight deck scene of the future with Merlin HM2s and an F-35, in this case a Ground Training Aid.
Two F-35B Ground Training Aids, a Merlin HM2 and two Sea Harrier FA2s on the dummy deck, dubbed HMS Seahawk, during Exercise Kernow Flag.
F-15C Baz 840, marked with three and a half Syrian Air Force roundels each denoting an aerial victory (two MiG-23s, one MiG-21 and a shared MiG-23) from the 1980s, on take-off from Ovda Air Base during Exercise Blue Flag 2017. The aircraft is carrying an IAI-Elta electronic countermeasures pod on station 3.
Elliniki Polemiki Aeroporia Block 52+ F-16C 001 inside one of the hardened aircraft shelter sites at Ovda Air Base.
A Sily Powietrzne Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej Block 52+ F-16C taxis by an Israeli Air and Space Force, 122 Squadron, G550 Nahshon-Eitam Conformal Airborne Early Warning aircraft. This shot shows the conformal cheeks housing antenna of the Elta EL/W-2085 phased array airborne early warning radar.
One of six F-16I Sufa fighters deployed to Ovda from 107 'Knights of the Orange Tail' Squadron' from Hatzerim Air Base.
An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 (VMFA-115) 'Silver Eagles' conducts an arrested landing during an Integrated Training Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California.
A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing based at RAF Mildenhall, England, prepares to transfer fuel to B-2 88-0329 Spirit of Missouri from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, off the coast of Spain on June 13, 2017. At the time, two B-2s were deployed to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire to conduct theater bomber assurance and deterrence operations.
Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky’s forthcoming HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter.
An AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter takes off from the flight deck of amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) during flight operations to enhance interoperability between Navy ships and Marine aircraft as part of a Composite Training Unit Exercise.
America's silver bullet, the F-22 Raptor, this example from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.
Lightning strikes behind a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Base, North Dakota.
Two F-35B Ground Training Aids, a Merlin HM2 and two Sea Harrier FA2s on the dummy deck, dubbed HMS Seahawk, during Exercise Kernow Flag.
A U-2S Dragon Lady at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates following a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
An FAU UH-1H Huey approaches to land with a C212 Aviocar parked on the circular section of the road also used by the Dragonflies to park overnight.
A US Army MH-47G Chinook with the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment at the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Mississippi, during a multi-service training exercise called Southern Strike.
Dragonfly FAU282 lifts off from Ruta 9. Adjacent to the road, in the background, is the squadron's communication hut.
A-37B FAU 279 seen on short finals to runway 03 on Ruta 9. Pilots new to highway operations, were made aware of the possibility of turbulence created because of the close proximity of a nearby forest.
A-37B FAU 279 flares prior to landing on Ruta Nacional No. 9.
After missions, the A-37Bs parked on a circular hardstand at the east end of the runway. All pilots flew without squadron patches on their flight suits and carried their service issued 9mm pistols.
A-37B FAU 279 ready to go with green air inlet screens for the GE J-85-17A turbojets engines fitted to prevent the possibility of debris ingestion on the unprepared runway.
A technician refuels one of the A-37B's wing tip 75 imperial gallon tanks over the wing.
This Boeing 767-300BDSF, N331AZ (c/n 24875), pictured on approach to Cincinnati in October 2017, is an IAI Bedek-converted 767 freighter operated for Amazon Prime Air. Growing e-commerce and a plentiful feedstock of aircraft are stimulating demand for conversions.
MV-22B Osprey BuNo 168348/ YR14 assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced) takes off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
A view of the interior of the first A330P2F for DHL, which has ordered eight aircraft and has options on ten more. The A330-300P2F will carry up to 61,000kg (134,500 lb) of cargo.
An MQ-9 Reaper configured with the two sensor turrets of the Gorgon Stare II wide area airborne surveillance system at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
Air National Guardsmen watch an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle during Combat Hammer at Duke Field, Florida. Combat Hammer is Air Combat Command’s Weapon System Evaluation Program for air-to-ground weapons. The evaluation staged in February 2017 was the first air-to-ground weapons evaluation of the Air National Guard's MQ-9 Reaper mission set.
Embraer's EMB 120 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118-series turboprops each rated at 1,800shp (1,340kW).
EMB 120RT Brasilias on the hard stand ahead of the next flight.
Shot of interCaribbean EMB 120RT Brasilias VQ-TBC (msn 283) and VQ-TVG (msn 268). Interestingly, VQ-TBC was on the Embraer production line when InterIsland Airways was formed back in 1992.
Baggage loading is straightforward on the EMB 120.
interCaribbean's EMB 120RT Brasilia cabin configuration.
A G550 Nachshon-Shavit Special Electronic Missions Aircraft, a type also operated by 122 squadron based at Nevatim Air Base, takes off from Ovda.
A Sily Powietrzne Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej Block 52+ F-16C taxis by an Israeli Air and Space Force, 122 Squadron, G550 Nahshon-Eitam Conformal Airborne Early Warning aircraft. This shot shows the conformal cheeks housing antenna of the Elta EL/W-2085 phased array airborne early warning radar.
Icelandair operates 25 Boeing 757-200s and a single 757-300. Its 757s have all been updated with new cabins and connectivity and the Scimitar Blended Winglets, visible here in this shot of TF-FIS (c/n 26245) departing Birmingham Airport in October 2017.
The Boeing 757 has seen continued investment including installing Blended Winglets as seen here on 757-200F G-DHKB (c/n 29312), pictured in November 2017, which is operated by DHL Air.
An FAU UH-1H Huey approaches to land with a C212 Aviocar parked on the circular section of the road also used by the Dragonflies to park overnight.
An EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron 132 (VAQ-132) 'Scorpions’ air refuelling with a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A tanker during Exercise Talisman Saber 2017.
EC135T2+, G-POLB (msn 283), was the first of seven upgraded EC135s handed over by Babcock MCS (Mission Critical Service) to the National Police Air Service.
Airbus Helicopters H135s, comprising both EC135P2s like G-SUFK (msn 0730) pictured here and upgraded EC135T2s, make up most of the police helicopters operated in the UK.
The Spectrolab SX-16 searchlight mounted on NPAS H135s has 30 million candle power.
Avionics aboard the UK's single pilot instrument flight rules-certified police helicopters includes the Nouvelle centre panel display system and flight control display system.
Water plumes arch across an RC-12X Guardrail aircraft marking the pilot's final flight from Bagram airfield, Afghanistan.
Sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 213 (VFA-213) 'Black Lions' from the aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush (CVN 77).
F/A-18F Super Hornet BuNo 166969/SD123 assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) flies over USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) during ship integration testing.
Strike Fighter Squadron 213’s CAG-bird, F/A-18F Super Hornet BuNo 166663/AJ200, launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush (CVN 77).
An EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron 132 (VAQ-132) 'Scorpions’ air refuelling with a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A tanker during Exercise Talisman Saber 2017.
An MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system, belonging to Company D, 10th Aviation Regiment, armed with two AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.
Sailors assigned to USS Stethem (DDG 63) conduct in-flight refuelling operations with an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77 (HSM-77) 'Saberhawks'.
C-130J Super Hercules KC-3806 was the first Indian military aircraft to participate in Israel's Exercise Blue Flag.
Boeing launched its 737-800BCF conversion for the 737-800 in 2016, with the conversion providing competition for AEl's 737-800SF and IAI Bedek's 737-800BDSF.
All four system demonstration test article CH-53K King Stallions at Sikorsky Aircraft's facility in West Palm Beach, Florida.
F-35A test aircraft AF-01 loaded with four 2,000lb GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions on a September 27, 2016 loads-flutter test flight from Edwards Air Force Base, California. This was the first flight with externally loaded GBU-31s.
F-35A Lightning Ils from the 34th Fighter Squadron based at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, over the Utah Test and Training Range.
An F-35 Ground Training Aid (GTA) is towed into position on deck by Royal Navy flight deck handlers. Built of fibre-glass, GTAs are dubbed faux fighters and enable handlers to get used to the size and weight of a real F-35B; each GTA is fitted with water tanks to simulate fuel and weapons loads between 16 and 24 tonnes. Four are assigned to the School of Flight Deck Operations.
Two F-35B Ground Training Aids, a Merlin HM2 and two Sea Harrier FA2s on the dummy deck, dubbed HMS Seahawk, during Exercise Kernow Flag.
A typical flight deck scene of the future with Merlin HM2s and an F-35, in this case a Ground Training Aid.
F-35C test aircraft CF-02 fires an AIM-9X while inverted in a test flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland on June 8, 2017.