Air International 2018-05
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A Russian Air Force Su-27 Flanker loaded with three types of air-to-air missiles; two R-73s (outer pylons), two infrared-guided R-27Ts (inner pylons), and two semi-active radar-guided R-27Rs in tandem between the engines.
Two PL-15 air-to-air missiles loaded on a Chinese Shenyang J-16 strike fighter. The PL-15 reportedly features an active/passive dual mode AESA seeker, two-way datalink, dual pulse rocket motor, stabilizing fins and tail control fins with a range of up to 200km (108 nautical miles). A graphic found on a Chinese internet site provides approximate dimensions for the PL-15 missile with an overall length of 5.78m (18ft 11in), a fuselage length of 3.95m (12ft 11in) and a diameter of 305mm (12 inches).
A Russian Air Force Su-35S Flanker-E loaded with two types of air-to-air missile; R-73s (outer pylons) and R-77 (inner pylons). The short-range R-73M version features an infrared seeker with +/-60 degree off boresight capability, slaving to a helmet-mounted sight/display system, with thrust-vector control, movable forward canards, control wings fitted on the missile's tail, and a solid rocket motor.
F-16C 90-0773/AV from the 555th Fighter Squadron in formation with a KC-135 Stratotanker before aerial refuelling during a flight from Souda Bay, Crete.
An F-16C assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing prior to receiving fuel over tne Mediterranean Sea from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing from RAF Mildenhall, England.
The F-16's big stick is the beyond visual range AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile. This shot shows a CATM-120 captive training round.
A Triple Nickel pilot works through pre­flight cockpit checks.
F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing taxi at Bodo Main Air Station, Norway, during Exercise Cold Response 2016. The exercise tests NATO's ability to defend against any threat in any environment.
Two Triple Nickel jets receive last chance checks on the end of runway ramp.
F-16C 88-0425/AV assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada during Exercise Green Flag 16-08.
Ammo troops load a 2,000lb training round onto station 7.
A recent weapon released to service on the F-16C is the 250lb class GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb. Four training rounds are shown on the four-place carriage system.
An F-16C assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing prior to receiving fuel over tne Mediterranean Sea from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing from RAF Mildenhall, England.
The sole remaining Bell 206B JetRanger III is used for training new pilots and the occasional transport of personnel.
The Gazelle is a light, agile helicopter that is very suitable for reconnaissance, but is unsuitable for fire-fighting, medical evacuation, SAR and troop transport duties.
The entire coastal area of the Adriatic Sea is now covered by NATO. Cliffs near the port of Bar make a scenic backdrop to two Gazelles.
Two Gazelles overhead Ostrvo Gospa od Milosrda island in the Bay of Tivat, near the coastal town of Kotor.
A Montenegrin HN-45M Gama follows a HO-42 over the rugged Balkan landscape.
Истребитель «Грипен», вооруженный ракетой «Метеор»
An MBDA Meteor missile carried on the left outer wing pylon of a JAS 39 Gripen. The Meteor features an active RF seeker, a datalink for inertial mid-course guidance, enhanced proportional navigation for autonomous terminal guidance, solid fuel variable flow ducted ramjet, and control wings fitted on the missile’s tail. Meteor has an overall length of 3.7m (12ft lin), a diameter of 178mm (7 inches), and a weight of 190kg (418lb).
F-22 Raptor 03-4058/FF assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing based at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia live fires an AIM-120 AMRAAM.
Several missions were cancelled due to bad weather because of target obscurity over the firing range.
Rafale C 103/30-EF had tail artwork applied back in November 2017 for an event at BA705 Tours to commemorate the Armee de l'Air's aces.
A Rafale from EC 3/30 takes off from BA120 Cazaux with LGTRs loaded on each under wing pylon.
Armourers from ESTA15/30 load a GBU-12 onto a Rafale.
Transporting live weapons is a delicate operation, which is typically carried out by three to four personnel.
Loading a 500lb GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb onto the Rafale. The yellow line indicates the weapon is live where as the weapon on the left is marked with a blue line indicating it’s an inert practice weapon. Noting the weapon on the left, this photo clearly shows the GBU-12 kit fitted on a standard Mk82 bomb.
Armourer and pilot check the smoke cartridge of a LGTR. The cartridge detonates on impact to visually indicate the impact point.
A People’s Liberation Army Air Force J-10C loaded with two types of air-to-air missiles; short-range PL-10s on the outer wing pylons and long-range PL-15s on the inner pylons. The PL-10 reportedly features an infrared seeker with +/-90 degree off boresight capability, slaving to a helmet-mounted sight/display system, thrust­vector control with control wings fitted on the missile's tail, strakes fitted at the mid-fuselage position, and a solid rocket motor.
A decision will be made within the next two years on a future narrowbody between the A320neo or Boeing 737 MAX families to replace the current A320 Family aircraft.
The airline's eight A330-300s are set to remain in service until the early 2020s.
Nighttime shot of A350-1000 F-WLXV (msn 065) at Manila International Airport during the 2018 demo tour.
The A350-1000 F-WLXV (msn 065) at Hanoi International Airport, Vietnam during the 2018 demo tour.
Water testing of the A350-1000 at Toulouse.
Parked for the camera. A Qatar Airways’ A350-900 with its first A350-1000.
Seven A350-900s have now been delivered to Finnair, with another eight set to join the fleet by 2023.
Maiden flight of Qatar Airways' A350-1000 A7-ANA (msn 088).
Qatar Airways' first A350-1000 msn 088 rolls into station 50-01.
On board MSN088 showing Qatar Airways' Qsuite.
Business class on the Finnair A350; the airline was one of those affected by the problems over the supply of cabin furnishings from Zodiac.
On board msn 088, showing Qatar Airways' front interior cabin.
One of four Flugpolizei AS350B1S. The type's high-altitude capabilities means these helicopters are assigned to units operating in mountainous regions.
Four EC135s are used for surveillance missions, the three others 'slick' examples are used as multirole helicopters.
The Austrian Flugpolizei operates seven FLIR-equipped EC135P2+ helicopters, which are based at Vienna-Schwechat, Salzburg and Klagenfurt.
An EC135P2+ undergoing work at the unit's Wartungsbetrieb (maintenance unit) at Meidling.
The Flugpolizei is only allowed to rescue people in specific types of difficulty to avoid overlap with the dedicated HEMS mission allocated to Austria's OAMTC service operating a fleet of yellow H135T3s.
The quartet of EC135P2+ helicopters used for surveillance are equipped with Nightsun illumination and multispectral cameras, with the crew wearing night-vision goggles.
After receiving their wings, Flugpolizei pilots visit the various FESTs during a pilot apprentice phase before assignment as an operational pilot.
F/A-18F BuNo 165911/NA400 launches from one of the two bow catapults on USS Theodore Roosevelt. Dubbed a cat, a catapult launch is one high-energy, high-force flight operation endured by carrier borne aircraft. The aircraft shown is operated by Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA-94) 'Mighty Shrikes' based at Naval Air Stations Lemoore, California.
F/A-18F Super Hornet BuNo 165672/205 (c/n F11), the first F-model SLM learning aircraft, inside Boeing’s facility at St Louis after being de-spliced in late March 2018. This aircraft has amassed 5,305 flight hours.
Cessna 404 Titan G-FIFA is one of two aircraft used by the Ordnance Survey Flying Unit to photograph the UK.
This view of the Titan turning away from the camera shows one of the hatches in the underside of the aircraft where the camera sits.
The Titans' interiors are dominated by a computer operating system, housed in the silver box, which is used to operate the camera and control aperture, shutter speed and focal length.
PL-15 test articles loaded in the weapons bay of a J-20 fighter during weapon integration tests flown at Chengdu Aircraft Research and Design Institute's airfield.
A Grob G103A (G-103A under the Italian military's designation system) Twin Astir taken on a taxiway at Guidonia's 'Alfredo Barbieri' military airport. Note the wing badge on the tail and the code 60-06 on the nose.
A 60° Stormo glider starts its take-off run towed by a U-208A. Since February 1, 2016, the wing has used a winch launch system, as well as glider tugs, to launch its gliders.
Students of a high school in Novara at Cameri Air Base during a Corso di Cultura Aeronautica, one of the wing's main activities.
A Grob Twin Astir some years ago wearing the old CW code.
The tandem two-seater cockpit of a Grob G103A Twin Astir, the training glider operated by the GW since 1984.
An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113) 'Stingers', launches from the flight deck of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in the Arabian Gulf. Saltwater, rainwater and steam shroud the jet, conditions that exist every day while based at sea.
An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 31 (VFA-31) 'Tomcatters' performs a bolter on the flight deck of USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78). Dubbed bolter, the term means a touch and go, another high-energy, high-force and routine flight operation.
F/A-18E Super Hornet BuNo 166598/AG112 takes the wire on the flight deck of the USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dubbed a trap, catching the wire is one of the high-energy, high-force flight operations endured by carrier borne aircraft. The aircraft shown is operated by Strike Fighter Squadron 143 (VFA-143) 'Pukin' Dogs' based at Naval Station Oceana, Virginia.
The first F/A-18E Super Hornet BuNo 166435/201 (c/n E80), the first E-model SLM learning aircraft, in Boeing's St Louis modification facility. This aircraft has amassed 5,599 flight hours.
A GW U-208A in flight. The main external differences from the civil model S.208 are the lack of tip tanks and the presence of cockpit doors on both sides.
A GW U-208A in flight. The main external differences from the civil model S.208 are the lack of tip tanks and the presence of cockpit doors on both sides.
A 60° Stormo glider starts its take-off run towed by a U-208A. Since February 1, 2016, the wing has used a winch launch system, as well as glider tugs, to launch its gliders.
F-35B BF-03 fires the last flight sciences weapon separation test of an MBDA ASRAAM missile during a flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland on May 17, 2017.
The test pilot of F-35B Lightning II BuNo 168313/17, assigned to the 461st Flight Test Squadron based at Edwards Air Force Base, fires an AIM-120 AMRAAM missile above the Point Mugu Sea Test Range, California as part of a weapons delivery accuracy test. During a 31-day calendar period, the Edwards-based F-35 Integrated Test Force accomplished 30 weapon releases (missile live fires and weapon separations) using aircraft configured with Block 3F software.
F-35C CF-02 live fires an AIM-9X Sidewinder while in inverted flight during a flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland on June 8, 2017.
Tooled-up: a Rafale M fighter loaded with three types of air-to-air missiles, MICA-EM (wing tip rails), MICA-IR (outer pylons) and Meteor (inner pylons).
A MICA air-to-air missile loaded on an underwing pylon of a Rafale M fighter. The MICA features an active RF monopulse doppler seeker and a passive imaging IR seeker, a datalink, solid rocket propellant, thrust-vector control with control wings fitted on the missile's tail and strakes fitted at the mid-fuselage position. MICA has an overall length of 3.1m (10ft 2in), a diameter of 160mm (6 inches), and a weight of 112kg (246lb).