Air International 2018-06
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Six Su-25 Frogfoots trailing red, blue and white smoke approach Red Square, Moscow with St Nicholas Tower in the foreground.
Seen climbing away from Groningen-Eelde Airport in the Netherlands on May 9, 2018 after a night stop there, rebuilt Danish EH101 Mk512 M-518 returned to its home base Karup later that day after almost four years.
The United States Air National Guard - Air Force Reserve Command Test Center operates the F-16C from Tucson International Airport, Arizona. The unit's jets have been flying with the ASQ-236 radar pod for some time, but they are rarely caught on camera. Block 32 F-16C, 86-0212, was seen departing Tucson International Airport on March 9, 2018, as part of a group of four of the unit's Fighting Falcons. According to the US Air Force, the ASQ-236 contains a synthetic aperture radar that provides detailed mapping for surveillance, coordinate generation and bomb impact assessment purposes. The system provides the ability to precisely geo­locate points of interest and conduct surveillance activities day or night, in adverse weather conditions. Self-contained, the system comprises an antenna attached to a positioner plate that allows it to move about the roll axis, an inertial navigation system, and an environmental cooling system. The pod is more commonly seen on F-15E Strike Eagles.
Leeuwarden-based F-16A J-879 received special tail markings in early May 2018 to celebrate 322 Squadron's 75th anniversary. The aircraft was seen landing at its home base on May 7, following a mission to the Cornfield air-to-surface range on the island of Vlieland.
The Belgian Air Force officially revealed its F-16 display aircraft for the 2018 season at Florennes Air Base on April 23, 2018. F-16A FA-101 is painted in a striking black, grey and white colour scheme known as Dark Falcon, one that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the type's introduction to Belgian Air Force service. The tail fin features a large Falcon bird of prey. The Dark Falcon team has developed a nearly 10-minute display to be flown by Senior Captain Stefan Darte, seen here in the cockpit, as Belgium's F-16 solo display pilot for the next three years.
CANADIAN CERTIFICATION for an expanded gross weight version of the S-92 helicopter was announced by Sikorsky on April 24, 2018.
US Army UH-60 Black Hawks take off in unison from Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait.
Airbus A340-300 F-WWAI (msn 1), the first A340, was shown at the recent ILA Berlin Air Show. This aircraft is currently being used for the BLADE (Breakthrough Laminar Aircraft Demonstrator in Europe) programme to test new methods of improving natural laminar flow on airliner wings. Airbus said during ILA the aircraft is around halfway through the 150 hours of flight-testing involved with the project.
American's order for up to 30 more Bombardier CRJ900s is one of three recent deals placed by the world's largest airline for more aircraft, which will total 120 aircraft if all options are exercised.
The new Advanced Inspection Drone has been demonstrated to several airlines, who according to Airbus have expressed interest in the product. The system will be available for the industry in Q4 2018 following regulatory approval
TUI has transferred one of the Boeing 787-8s previously used by its TUI Airways (formerly Thomson Airways) operation in the UK, G-TUIG (c/n 36426), to its TUI Airlines Belgium unit. The aircraft has been re-registered as OO-LOE.
Unusual visitor to RAF Mildenhall on May 3, 2018 was this US Special Operations Command Dash 8 surveillance aircraft.
BOMBARDIER BUSINESS Aircraft has announced two enhancements to its flagship Global 7000 ultra long-range business jet, due to enter service in the second half of 2018.
Airbus has rolled out the first A330-900neo for another operator, WOW Air, but a declining overall backlog for the aircraft means the company is to lower output of its best-selling widebody.
The Ejercito del Aire's 402 Escuadron based at Cuatro Vientos Air Base near Madrid is about to receive its first AS332M1 Super Puma from overhaul at Airbus Helicopters, Albacete facility with some paint changes. The helicopter registered HT.21A-3/402-22 has new titles applied; 'Reino de Espana' (Spanish Kingdom) on the forward upper fuselage, 'Ejercito del Aire' (Air Force) on the boom, and the EU flag on the tail. Title changes had been implemented on the VIP aircraft operated by 45 Grupo based at Torrejon Air Base some time ago. Helicopters assigned to 402 Escuadron are used to transport members of the Spanish royal family and government ministers around the country. Seen at Airbus Helicopters' Albacete facility on May 11, 2018, AS332M1 Super Puma HT.21A-3/402-22 resplendent after its overhaul and repainting before its test flights. This is the first 402 Escuadron helicopter to incorporate the new titles.
Cathay Pacific's first A350-1000, F-WZGV, departs Toulouse on its maiden flight. Due to be delivered in June 2018, this is the first of 20 A350-1000s for the Hong Kong carrier.
AIRBUS HAS started test-flying the latest A350 family variant, the A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range), which will be able to fly further than any other commercial airliner.
Phenom T1 ZM334 of No.45 Squadron on approach at RAF Cranwell. Under the UK Military Flight Training System, Affinity Flying Training Services provides five of the type for multi-engine flying training.
EMBRAER ANNOUNCED on March 29, 2018 that its Phenom 300E received type certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Brazilian Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC) in the first quarter of 2018.
A US Army AH-64 Apache helicopter from 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Attack Reconnaissance) conducts a traffic pattern training flight at Katterbach Army Airfield in Ansbach, Germany.
Su-57 055 (prototype T50-5) was seen for the first time with a new two-tone pixelated colour scheme painted on its fuselage underside.
Diamond DA40NG 3H-DB, one of two delivered to the Osterreichische Luftstreitkrafte on May 3, 2018. Two others are scheduled for delivery in September.
Noticeable in this image are the two huge electronic warfare pods on the J-15D's wingtips, either electronic support measures or electronic intelligence equipment. Following the latest reports, the J-15S has been abandoned and merged with the J-15D into a multi-role carrier variant J-17.
Close-up shot of Korsar air vehicle 023 (which served as a spare for the parade) shows the two large and eight small red stars painted on its nose.
Airbus says its manned-unmanned teaming capability demonstrated with an S-100 and H145 can be implemented in any kind of helicopter and interact with all types of unmanned systems.
One of Thomas Cook's latest special schemes is this livery on Thomas Cook Airways' Manchester-based A321-211G-TCDV (msn 1972) promoting one of the company’s leisure hotel brands. Another A321 in the group. Condor's D-ATCD (msn 6639), wears a livery promoting Sentido Hotels.
The Airbus A321LR, the long-range version of the A321neo due for service entry later this year, recently undertook a 4,750 nautical mile (8,797km) flight from Mahe in Seychelles to Toulouse as part of the variant's 100-flying-hour certification testing programme. Airbus said this is a new distance record for a single-aisle narrowbody. The flight followed A321LR hot weather testing performed at Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. The A321LR's certification and service entry is expected later this year.
The first A321neo for low-cost carrier Primera Air, OY-PAA (msn 8145), departs Hamburg. Airbus is assessing the potential of ramping up A320 production to up to 70 jets a year.
ANOTHER MAJOR network airline has announced it is to phase out its last Boeing 747s earlier than scheduled. Qantas will retire its remaining six 747-400s by the end of 2020 rather than the previously planned 2022 or 2023, ending nearly 50 years of operations with the Jumbo.
The first 737-800BCF departs Victorville, California, on its journey to East Midlands Airport on delivery to West Atlantic. Boeing
The first F-35A Lightning II for Turkey on its maiden flight at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas on May 10, 2018.
Airbus says its manned-unmanned teaming capability demonstrated with an S-100 and H145 can be implemented in any kind of helicopter and interact with all types of unmanned systems.
AIRBUS HELICOPTERS announced on May 2, 2018, that it had delivered the 200th production H145M helicopter to Norsk Lutfambulanse (NOLAS) at the end of April.
Industry consultancy IBA says the leasing market for single-aisle narrowbodies is booming. This Boeing 737 MAX 8 OK-SWA (c/n 43555) was delivered to the Czech operator Travel Service earlier this year on lease from GECAS.
Prefect ZM318 of No.57 Squadron Royal Air Force on approach to RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire. The RAF uses 23 of the type for basic training from RAF Cranwell and RAF Barkston Heath also in Lincolnshire.
This unpainted heavily modified KJ-500A with a fixed IFR probe is the first image seen in the West of the modified airborne early warning and control aircraft.
Two versions of the VRT300 are proposed, one for Arctic operations and the other for monitoring and remote sensing missions in the energy industry.
The PHASA-35 jointly developed by BAE Systems and Prismatic is due to fly in 2019.
Two Katran rotary-wing unmanned air vehicles loaded on a truck ready for the parade through Red Square.
Two images of the European medium altitude long endurance remotely piloted aircraft system during an unveiling ceremony rehearsal at Berlin Schonefeld.