Air International 2017-02
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Rafale C 132/30-GK is based at BA118 Mont-de-Marsan assigned to EC 2/30 ‘Normandie-Niemen’.
The first L-39NG prototype, 2626, is a former Ukrainian Air Force L-39C bought back by Aero Vodochody for use as a company development aircraft.
The first L-39NG prototype seen during its first flight powered by the newly-installed FJ44-4M engine on September 14, 2015.
The L-39ZA version, developed in the late 1970s, was designed for use as both trainer and light attack aircraft.
The Williams International FJ44-4M offers the same 3,790 lb (16.87 kN) maximum thrust rating as the AI-25TL, but is lighter and boasts a much better response time; its acceleration from idle to maximum power setting is between three and five seconds versus nine to 12 seconds for the AI-25TL.
The L-39C, the first production standard of the Albatros, is still in use worldwide with many military and civil operators. This is an example operated by the Slovak Air Force, one of the three remaining European/NATO operators for the type, together with the Czech and Bulgarian air forces.
The L-39ZA is an armed version, with a GSh-23L gun-pack under the fuselage.
A look into the L-39ZA's cockpit, packed with conventional analogue instruments and a marked contrast to the cockpit of the L-39NG.
A computer-generated image of the L-39NG.
The sole Transall C-160R participating in VOLFA was R206/64-GF based at Evreaux.
The first KC-390 prototype, PT-ZNF (msn 390001), flew on February 3, 2015.
Final assembly of the KC-390 is undertaken at Gaviao Peixoto in a new facility opened in 2014, which coincided with Embraer and the Forca Aerea Brasilera signing the first acquisition contract.
Two IAE V2500-E5 turbofan engines, each rated at 31,330 lb (139.4kN) thrust, power the KC-390.
The second KC-390 prototype PT-ZNJ joined was recently used for paratrooper and cargo dropping trials in conjunction with the Forca Aerea Brasileira and the Exercito Brasileiro.
More than a month was spent at the Forca Aerea Brasilera base at Campo Grande in 2016 undertaking the first air drop assessments, which included container delivery system drops.
The two prototype KC390s are fully equipped with test instrumentation and each aircraft can perform any flight test role.
KC-390 PT-ZNJ has already conducted initial paratrooper dropping tests including free fall and static line jumps from both the side doors and the cargo ramp. The test period also involved container delivery system and airdrop trials.
The KC-390 is designed to carry up to 66 paratroopers.
The cargo bay is 12.7m (47ft 8in) long, or 18.5m (60ft 8in) including the ramp, and 3.45m (11 ft 4in) wide.
The flight control system is fully fly-by-wire with active sidestick controllers. Avionics include the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion system and a Selex Gabbiano T-20 tactical radar.
A Wildcat HMA2 photographed flying above Chesil Beach in Dorset.
The current Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force will be become the Wildcat Maritime Force this year; the Lynx HMA8’s out of service date is scheduled for March 31,2017.
Wildcat is effectively helping reshape maintenance schedules. Serious consideration is being given to whether the Wildcat fleet requires a traditional depth maintenance profile.
A nose-mounted turret houses the L-3 Wescam MX-15Di, which produces high-resolution images for tactical surveillance, long-range target identification, laser target designation and range-finding capability.
The aim is to establish 16 Wildcat HMA2 flights by May 2017; 815 Naval Air Squadron with 12 and 825 NAS with four.
The first deployed flight of the Wildcat HMA2 on a nine-month Atlantic mission provided encouraging signs about the maturity of the aircraft and its stores support.
Full operational capability is scheduled for 2018, but initial operating capability was declared in January 2015.
Wildcat maintenance packages are blocked together at present into 25, 50,100, 200 and 300 hourly checks, unlike the Lynx, which has flexed maintenance.
Crew say flying the Wildcat is a huge step-change from the Lynx. Interfacing between the camera, radar and cockpit displays is completed with a single click.
A friendly thumbs-up from the crew of an EC 2/4 Mirage 2000N.
Mirage 2000N 370/125-GQ from EC 2/4 on its way to the training area. Mirage 2000Ns flew mixed patrols with Mirage 2000Ds
Rafale B 343/4-FJ from EC 1/4 ‘Gascogne’ leaves the sun shelter at the start of a mission.
The last QF-4E pilots pose in front of F-4E Phantom II 73-1167 AF-353 from left to right: Erik Void, Lt Col Ron King, and Jim Harkins, Jim Shreiner.
Memorabilia crowd the office used by Detachment 1, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron.
The final six flightworthy QF-4E Phantom IIs; 74-1043 AF-338 (c/n 4825); 74-0645 AF-336 (c/n 4796); 74-0643/TD ‘82 ATRS’ AF-351 (c/n 4794); 74-1638/TD ‘82 ATRS' AF-349 (c/n 4874); 74-1625 AF-350 (c/n 4855); and 73-1167/TD '53 WEG' AF-353 (c/n 4679) on the 82nd ATRS flight line before the final flight on December 21,2016.
The final four QF-4E Phantom II Full Scale Aerial Target aircraft (74-0643/TD, 74-0645, 74-1043 and 74-1638/TD) performed a supersonic formation flyover to open the retirement ceremony for the type at Holloman Air Force Base on December 21,2016.
One of the last QF-4E Phantom II Full Scale Aereal Target drones sits on the ramp at Holloman during the retirement ceremonies in December 2016.
Jim Shreiner taxis 74-0645 AF-336 past the control tower at Holloman after the QF-4E Phantom II's Fini Flight
This shot shows an Archangel configured with a heavy payload comprising two pods carrying missile and radar warning sensors (outer pylons); a Roketsan CIRIT quad pack launcher; three GBU-12s; an IOMAX mission pod fitted with an MX-15Di imaging sensor; and two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.
Note the array of antennas fitted to the Archangel aircraft.
New design features incorporated into the S2R-660-based include a sleeker nose profile and remodelled wing roots.
This shot shows the amount of space available to both aircrew in the Archangel's voluminous cockpit.
UAEAF Archangel serial number 2362 seen in the static display of the 2015 edition of the Dubai Air Show.
Measuring 9ft 8in (2.94m) long, the IOMAX modular pod was designed to house ELINT or SIGINT systems, a radar, datalinks and carry the MX-15Di imaging system as shown.
The Archangel has a straight constant chord wing making it structurally efficient and ideal for short take-off and landing operations: a requirement at the heart of its requirement as a crop duster.
One of ten IOMAX Border Patrol Aircraft (not an Archangel) in service with the Royal Jordanian Air Force. This example, serial number 1584, is loaded with two GBU-12 laser-guided bombs and the IOMAX mission pod fitted with an MX-15Di imaging system.
The aft cockpit comprises two 5x7-inch MFDs, a 17-inch display and an up front control panel.
The Archangel’s front cockpit features a SparrowHawk HUD, three 5x7-inch multi-function displays and an up front control panel.