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AS565MBe Panther serial number ANX-2156 is the sixth such type in service with the Aviacion Naval Mexicana.
Block 25ID F-16D serial number TS-1623 at Pekan Bahru Air Base in 2017.
A maintenance team assigned to Air Force Reserve Command's 507th Air Refueling Wing installs an LAIRCM pod on to the underside of a KC-135 Stratotanker at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
An artist's impression of an S-70i Firehawk in the colours of the LA County Fire Department.
The KLu CH-47F fleet is operated by 298 Squadron based at Gilze-Rijen Air Base; and 302 Squadron at Fort Hood, Texas.
The Italian charter airline Neos has become the 45th operator of the Boeing 787-9. Its first Dreamliner, EI-NEO (c/n 38785), from the Irish lessor AerCap, arrived in Verona accompanied by three Frecce Tricolori Aermacchi MB339PANs. Neos is set to receive two more 787s.
One of three two-seat MiG-29 Fulcrums in active service with the Bulgarski Voenno Vzdushni Sili on the tail of a C-27J Spartan.
Tiger HAD PS01, marked '1st Tiger with E engines', is the first of 36 Tiger helicopters converted to HAD standard from the original Helicoptere d'Appui Protection (HAP) configuration.
The Air France-KLM Group has launched a new airline, Joon. It is flying from Paris CDG to various European points, initially using six Airbus A320s, and plans to start flights to Cairo, Tehran and Cape Town in the spring using A330s and A340s. Here A320-241 F-GKXY (msn 4105) taxies at Lisbon.
A technician with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 4 (VMU-4) returns an RQ-7 Shadow to the VMU-4 hangar at Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. The squadron flew the last RQ-7B flight by the Marine Corps at Twentynine Palms on December 11, 2017.
The Italian charter airline Neos has become the 45th operator of the Boeing 787-9. Its first Dreamliner, EI-NEO (c/n 38785), from the Irish lessor AerCap, arrived in Verona accompanied by three Frecce Tricolori Aermacchi MB339PANs. Neos is set to receive two more 787s.
From March 25, Qantas will start flying Boeing 787-9s, including VH-ZNB (c/n 39039), non-stop between London and Perth. The carrier has plans to fly direct services to Australia's eastern and southern coasts.
In 2018, Ikhana, a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc MQ-9 Predator B used to support NASA’s Earth science missions and technology developments, will fly in the US national airspace system without an escort aircraft for the first time.
Luxaviation UK's new Cessna 560XL Citation XLS+ G-GAAL.
Luftforsvaret Falcon 20C 0125 made its final flight on December 14, 2017. It is seen here in company with one of Norway's remaining two aircraft of the type, Falcon 20ECM 053 'Munin'.
Bundeswehr Heron I 99+23 takes off from Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan in February 2013.
Two more MRJs to join the regional jet's test programme later this year will be used to support type certification activities for components affected by recent design changes.
In late October 2017, the Biman Bahani (Bangladesh Air Force) took delivery of two AW119KX Koalas. One of the helicopters, serial number 136, was seen over the nation's capital Dhaka on a test flight in November. The second example is understood to have been allocated the serial number 135. Both Koalas will be flown by 18 Squadron based at Matiur Rahman Air Base in Jessore.
The second COMAC C919 during its maiden flight; a further four aircraft will be used for flight-testing and another two for ground testing activities.
Korean Air Lines has received two Bombardier CS300s and will initially operate the aircraft on domestic routes, although the carrier has not ruled out flying the aircraft on international services.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc released this artist's impression of its MQ-25 contender, a jet-powered UAV design based on its Predator-C.
Zephyr is a solar-powered unmanned air vehicle.
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) conducted the final flight of its last operational US-1A amphibious search and rescue aircraft, serial number 9090, on December 13, 2017 and was subsequently retired from service.
The Mi-171E is a generic designation that covers a family of sub-versions delivered to military and government customers but the new, much enhanced helicopter, is expected to be re-designated as the Mi-171E2 upon entering into service.
F/A-18C Hornet BuNo 164881/NH401 is the current CAG-bird of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 (VMFA-323) 'Death Rattlers' based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. The aircraft is painted with various markings featuring the colours of a diamondback rattlesnake. The nickname was first adopted in 1943 when the skin of a 6-foot diamondback was hung in the ready room after its dispatch by three pilots. The tail badge features a Chance-Vought F4U Corsair, the squadron's first aircraft in 1943, the unit's motto 'Come to Fight, Come to Win’ is applied to the wing strakes and mission markings on the forward fuselage. VMFA-323 is one of only two US Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet squadrons that deploy aboard aircraft carriers and is currently assigned to Carrier Air Wing 11, which returned from its most recent deployment on the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in early December 2017.
The first Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 for the Armee de I'Air (French Air Force), serial number 5836/61-PO, arrived at BA123 Orleans-Bricy on December 22, 2017, exactly a month after it made its maiden flight at the manufacturer's plant at Marietta, Georgia.
THERE HAS been further airline industry change in Europe after the International Airlines Group (IAG) agreed to buy the assets of the Austrian carrier NIKI from the Air Berlin Group's administrators. The deal, which is subject to European Commission (EC) competition approval, will see IAG pay €20 million for assets, including up to 15 A320 Family aircraft and slots at Vienna, Dusseldorf, Munich, Palma and Zurich, and provide liquidity to NIKI of up to €16.5 million.
The first A321neo D-AVNO (msn 7877) fitted with the Airbus Cabin Flex layout to increase capacity to a maximum 240 passengers. Most of the A321neos ordered recently will be delivered with this configuration.
Royal Air Maroc (RAM) ended its 60 th anniversary year in 2017 by announcing it will receive four 787-9 Dreamliners: the airline already operates five 787-8s. Royal Air Maroc 737-85P(WL) CN-RCV (c/n 33982), specially painted to mark the anniversary, is pictured at Brussels in December 2017. The airline is planning to expand its network to North and South America with the 787s
Japanese carrier Skymark Airlines has applied special markings to Boeing 737-86N JA73NT (c/n 41264), seen here at Tokyo Haneda, and is known as the 'Shimomachi Bobsled Jet'.
South African-registered Basler BT-67 flown by Spectrem Air and registered ZS-ASN, has returned to Australian skies to conduct electromagnetic survey work in the Meekatharra region.
The Dakota started life as a DC-3A-467 or a C-47B-40-DK (c/n 16833/33581) with a United States Army Air Force serial number 44-77249. It was briefly on United States Army Air Force charge from June 30, 1945, before being transferred to the RAF on July 2,1945, as a Dakota IV with RAF serial number KP279. The Douglas Aircraft Company Inc construction plate is clearly stamped as a DC-3C. The Dak went on to civilian life in several countries around the globe, including a stint with British European Airways on passenger services as G-AMNV in the 1960s. It has also been registered in Spain, Sweden, Senegal, Bechuanaland, Botswana and Brazil. While carrying the civil registration of ZS-ASN, this venerable Dakota became the 11th of her ilk to be converted to a Basler BT-67.
V-280 N280BH in the hover at Amarillo on December 18, 2017. Bell has designed the V-280 with its T64 engines fixed in the horizontal plane, and a rotating (tilting) nacelle housing a fancy new drive system for the three-blade proprotors. On the V-22 Osprey, the engines are housed in the nacelles and rotate together.
V-280 N280BH restrained by dampered-jacks on the run stand at the Amarillo test facility.
Airbus Helicopter's third H160 prototype PT3 is now painted in a high-gloss livery dubbed by the company as carbon and designed as a nod to the second Airbus A350 XWB flight-test aircraft F-WWCF (msn 002). The link between the two types: both are produced using advanced composite materials supplied by Airbus' long-term partner Hexcel. The H160 is the first civil helicopter equipped with a full composite fuselage
Reports say there are orders for 17 AG600 aircraft from Chinese government departments and companies.
The NASA X-56A airborne from the Armstrong Flight Research Centre; the aircraft’s use to research new flutter suppression technologies will continue this year.
The first H145 in Japan, JA903H in the colours of the Doctor-Heli EMS network.
JANUARY 2018 SAW Southwest Airlines exercise options to buy 40 more 737 MAX 8s and defer deliveries of 23 smaller 737 MAX 7s. Southwest said the new purchase would, "support future growth opportunities and fleet modernisation at favourable economics". The airline will now receive a further 15 737 MAX 8s in 2019 and 25 in 2020. Deliveries of the 23 737 MAX 7s have been pushed back from 2019 through 2021 to 2023 (12 aircraft) and 2024 (the other 11 jets).
Royal Jordanian Air Force IOMAX Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA), with serial number RJ2551 partly obliterated, transited through Luqa, Malta on December 13, 2017. The aircraft, a modified AT-802, had passed westbound through Luqa on June 23, 2017, on its way to the United States for upgrade by IOMAX to BPA Block 2 standard. It left on its journey home the next day.
The initial Beluga XL at Toulouse following roll-out. With 6,000kg (13,227 lb) more payload capability than the current Beluga, this aircraft will be able to transport both wings of an A350 at once, instead of the single wing accommodated on the current aircraft.
The Stratolaunch is designed to carry an Orbital ATK Pegasus XL vehicle into orbit, which will be carried between the two fuselage sections.
At 385ft the Stratolaunch has the widest wingspan of any aircraft ever built.
A twin fuselage is one of the most distinctive features of the Stratolaunch, pictured here on the Mojave Air and Space Sport runway during its first taxi test.
Boeing released this head-on photo of its UAV design contender for the US Navy's MQ-25 Stingray Carrier-Based Aerial Refueling System.
The BAE Systems MAGMA has been developed to demonstrate new control technologies.
An artist's impression of the future CityAirbus battery-powered vertical take-off and landing quadcopter.
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The Aerion AS2 has a wing span of 77ft, an overall length of 170ft, with a tail height of 22ft.
An artist's impression of the AS2’s interior shows a spacious, airy cabin.