Air International 2018-03
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In December 2017, the Russian Ministry of Defence received its 100th Su-30SM.
The pilot of Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia Sukhoi Su-30MKM Flanker M52-12 disperses a hail of flares during a display at Changi.
Deliveries of the Su-35S Flanker E continue, ten were delivered to Russian Air and Space Force and ten to the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force.
The NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center DC-8 arrives at Ramstein, from where it undertook flights investigating the climate impacts of alternative fuels.
F-15C Eagle 85-0102 of the 159th Fighter Wing Louisiana Air National Guard configured with CFTs and loaded with missiles.
A Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16 releases a GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb on the Barry M Goldwater range. The RSAF F-16 fleet is currently undergoing an upgrade that includes integration of JDAM weapons.
Lighting up the sky. The Republic of Singapore Air Force display by F-15SG 8338 and F-16Cs 608 and 645, included a salvo of flares dispensed from all three aircraft: happy 50th birthday RSAF.
Over London
Led by Major Jim Peycke, the four-ship formation, radio call sign Vallhalla 01, departs RAF Odiham on January 16, 2018, to complete a 460-nautical mile tour of southern England, the Midlands and East Anglia.
Lynx AH9A ZF538 was the last of the four-ship formation to land back at Odiham, in a snowstorm, on January 16, 2018.
Specially painted Lynx AH9A ZG917 captured in torch light outside Middle Wallop's Museum of Army Flying following its final flight on January 16, 2018.
Emirates has signed a memorandum of understanding for up to 36 more A380s, extending production of the aircraft for another decade.
Emirates' Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-EPO (c/n 42334), pictured at Bologna, now wears Expo 2020 Dubai decals. The design is inspired by an ancient gold ring excavated in Dubai, according to Emirates. This is one of three 777s with the design; A6-EPU (c/n 42340) has the decal in green and A6-EPK (c/n 42330) has it in blue.
Ejercito del Aire Eurofighter C.16-73/10155 landing at Albacete after a combined eight-ship training mission on January 29, 2018.
The Russian Air and Space Force received 16 brand new Su-34 Fullbacks in 2017.
QinetiQ's Dornier-Dassault Alpha Jet ZJ646 landing at MoD Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, on January 31, 2018 following its final flight. The aircraft was delivered to Boscombe Down in March 2000, one of 12 former Luftwaffe Alpha Jets supplied to QinetiQ; four remained at the base as of January 31. QinetiQ's Alpha Jets were used by the Empire Test Pilot School based at Boscombe for the fixed-wing training course, currently undertaken with Hawk T1As, and in the future by two Pilatus PC-21s.
The final six Forca Aerea Portuguesa Alpha Jets of Escuadra 103 'Caracois' fly over Beja Air Base at a ceremony attended by Portugal's Air Force Chief of Staff, General Manuel Teixeira Rolo and other dignitaries on January 13, 2018. Three wore Asas de Portugal aerobatic team colour schemes, one wore markings to commemorate 50,000 flight hours and another a special livery for the 50th anniversary of Escuadra 103.
Tigre HAD HA28-24/ET-724 is the last example to be delivered to BHELA I at the end of the year. This particular helicopter is in fact the Spanish HAD prototype (c/n HAD 5001), which entered the production line at Albacete last year for painting and upgrade following completion of test and armament and systems integration flights.
An artist's impression of an A320neo military derivative configured for maritime surveillance showing, under the fuselage, a radar radome and a multispectral sensor turret, and anti-ship missiles on the underwing pylons.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc first flew its MQ-9B SkyGuardian prototype from Gray Butte Field on August 16, 2017; the system successfully achieved its first automatic take-off and landing capability using a satellite communications data link in December 2017.
NEW ATR passenger turboprops have been ordered for the United States market for the first time in decades. Twenty ATR 600-series aircraft comprising 16 ATR 42-600s and four ATR 72-600s, all on lease from Nordic Aviation Capital, are to be operated by Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways.
DISCUSSING A new version of the Superjet at the Singapore Air Show, President of the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company Alexander Rubtsov said: "We began work only a few weeks ago," but it is expected to be available in just over four years. Designed with a shortened fuselage with seating for 75 passengers and intended for routes 1,500-2,000km (810-1,080 nautical miles), the new jet is smaller and flies fewer passengers on shorter routes than smallest of the current Superjet family.
THE FIFTH Bombardier Global 7000 flight test vehicle (FTV-5) made its first flight on January 30, 2018, marking a major milestone on the aircraft's road to entry into service, currently scheduled to occur in the second half of 2018.
A 119 Squadron Heron 1 parked on the flight line at Gila Bend Auxiliary Air Field.
An Armee de I'Air Harfang at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in May 2011, when the system had flown 4,000 hours and 400 missions.
A shortage of Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines affecting Boeing 787 production and deliveries has led Virgin Atlantic to lease four ex-Air Berlin Airbus A330s to make up for a shortfall in capacity on its long-haul network. One of the new additions is A330-223 D-ALPA, (msn 403).
The third Spanish H215, HD21-17/802-17, at the Airbus Helicopters plant in Albacete, ready for delivery on February 1, 2018.
Republic of Singapore Air Force weapon troops load a GBU-31 JDAM onto an F-15SG ready for a night sortie. The December 2017 edition of Forging Sabre was the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s debut event with the GBU-31 JDAM.
Lighting up the sky. The Republic of Singapore Air Force display by F-15SG 8338 and F-16Cs 608 and 645, included a salvo of flares dispensed from all three aircraft: happy 50th birthday RSAF.
On February 7, 2018, the Republic of Singapore Air Force unveiled two of its F-15SG Eagles painted in commemorative colour schemes to mark the 50th Anniversary of the RSAF. Aircraft involved are F-15SGs, serial numbers 8335 and 8338, from Paya Lebar Air Base.
An F-15SG lands at Luke Air Force Base.
Airbus has ruled out stretching the A350-1000 to create a higher-capacity A350-2000 variant in the short term.
Malaysia Airlines' second A350-941, 9M-MAC (msn 165), arriving at London Heathrow. The aircraft wears the logo of the Negaraku initiative, named after the country's national anthem, to promote unity and foster a spirit of patriotism. The livery is also applied to a Boeing 737-800 and a MASwings ATR 42-500.
Australia's Helicopter Aircrew Training System project uses EC135 T2+ helicopters, a joint programme for training both Army and Navy aircrew.
The Virgin Galactic VSS Unity during a glide test assessed its performance, stability and control at high transonic speeds. The previously white feather flaps are now covered in a silver film to provide thermal protection.
The Honda Aircraft Company displayed Hondajet HA-420 N707FH (c/n 42000069) at Changi on the type's Singapore Air Show debut.
A KUH-1 Surion multi-role helicopter.
The United States International Trade Commission has ruled the Canadian manufacturer's new jet does not harm Boeing.
Uprated engines and a composite tail rotor are key features of the Mi-171E2. The new version is intended to offer improved opportunities for use in hot-and-high environments.
ACHIEVED IN December 2017 and announced in late January 2018, Gulfstream has added three new city-pair speed records with its mid-size G280 jet.
GULFSTREAM'S G500 has entered the final stage of its flight test and certification programme, while the larger G600 has completed company field performance testing. These are significant stages towards achieving US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification. Including additional testing required for the enhanced performance, the G500's certification is anticipated in early 2018, while the G600 should gain its certification before the end of 2018.
An AC-130J Ghostrider gunship takes off from Hurlburt Field, Florida, home of the 1st Special Operations Wing. According to official US Air Force details, the AC-130J's primary missions are close air support including troops in contact, convoy escort and point air defence, air interdiction against pre-planned targets or targets of opportunity, and armed reconnaissance.
The Airbus A321LR, which flew on January 31, 2018, is a higher-capacity and longer-range A321neo variant designed to serve transcontinental and transatlantic routes.
Air Astana A321neo P4-KDC powered by PW1100-JM engines.
THE BELL Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X has notched up a number of order and delivery milestones in the Asia-Pacific region.
UPS HAS ordered 14 Boeing 747-8 Freighters and four 767 Freighters to provide additional capacity on its international air cargo network, to respond to what the company described as "accelerating demand". All the new aircraft will be additions to the UPS Airlines fleet and no existing aircraft will be replaced.
Lufthansa unveiled a new livery on February 7, 2018 at Frankfurt on Boeing 747-8I D-ABYA (c/n 37827) and Airbus A321-231 D-AISP (msn 3864). The revised design retains the crane logo on the tailfin but features darker blue paint extending from the tail down over the rear fuselage. The colour yellow, so familiar in the Lufthansa brand over the years, is not a feature of the new livery. Lufthansa says the colour will continue to feature on the airline's airport counters, staff uniforms and boarding passes.
Ethiopian Airlines will lease two converted Boeing 737-800SF freighters from GE Capital Aviation Services, with deliveries scheduled for June 2018 and January 2019.
Hurkus-B prototype 17-101 during its maiden flight on January 29, 2018 at Turkish Aerospace Industries' Ankara facility.
The first operational Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A 89-8706 taxis during an arrival ceremony at Misawa Air Base on January 26, 2018.
An artist’s impression of Naval Group-Airbus Helicopters VSR700, which will be tested on French Navy vessels.
Boeing 737 MAX 7 N7201S is the first of two examples of the smallest-capacity 737 MAX variant, which will be used for flight testing before service entry.
Oman Air's Boeing 737 MAX A40-MA powered by CFM56 engines.
Embraer flew E190-E2 prototype PR-ZFU (c/n 19020002) to Changi for static display, where it was unmissable in an eye-catching Tiger paint scheme applied to the forward fuselage.
The use of Delft Dynamics’ RH3 Swift is another example of research underway to integrate UAVs in marine environments.
Vahana, pictured during its initial flight in Oregon, is one of several Airbus urban air mobility research projects.
The Boeing electric vertical take-off and landing cargo air vehicle is intended to research and develop autonomy technology for future unmanned designs.