Air International 2016-09
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Main: Military
The Merlin HC3/HC3As formerly operated by the Royal Air Force are now operated by the Commando Helicopter Force at RNAS Yeovilton.
Prior to taxi, this CF-18 pilot cycles his aircraft's airbrake, arresting hook and air refuelling probe to ensure serviceability.
All Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet squadrons were involved in Maple Flag. This photo shows ten CF-18s on the 410 Squadron flight-line.
The 17 Lynx AH9As will be withdrawn by April 2018.
Three Mirage 2000-5Fs in formation with a CC-130H(T) tanker prior to an air-to-air fight against the Red Air force.
The long-serving Gazelle AH1s continue to be used; 34 are in service at several locations in the UK and overseas.
A Coast Guard rescue swimmer prepares for a freefall insertion into the water.
The aircrew practice a hoist insertion of a rescue swimmer to a Coast Guard auxiliary vessel. The auxiliary, which operates civilian vessels under the flag of the Coast Guard, provides hoist training for San Diego’s helicopters in the local offshore area.
Aviation Maintenance Technicians, or AMTs examine the MH-60 rotor blade after a recent flight. Coast Guard AMTs inspect, service, maintain, troubleshoot and repair aircraft engines, auxiliary power units, propellers, rotor systems, power train systems, and associated airframe and systems-specific electrical components along with additional duties.
Hoist insertion into the water, taken from the Coast Guard auxiliary boat floating nearby. When not directly engaged with the helicopter the auxiliary boat crew, comprised solely of volunteers, act as safety observers while the aircraft and its crew practice insertions. Auxiliary personnel who work with MH-60 and MH-65s are hand selected and go through extensive training to participate in helicopter operations.
The basket insertion is typically used if the patient needs to be sitting or partially lying down, based on their condition, for the hoist into the helicopter.
MH-60T 6024 flies over the Port of San Diego, and Naval Base San Diego, the principal home port of the Pacific Fleet.
The rescue swimmer freefalls from a MH-60T off the coast of San Diego.
MH-60T 6022 undergoing a phase maintenance inspections.
Hoist insertion. Depending on the variables, and the speed at which the swimmer needs to be deployed, ASTs can use freefall, hoist, basket and sling insertions.
A laser-guided training round carried on an under wing pylon of a Rafale.
ZK554 is one of 14 Chinook HC6s now in service; the remainder of the 60-aircraft Chinook fleet consists of a mixture of HC3s, HC4s and HC5s.
A Puma HC2 in the Salisbury Plain Training Area. Key modifications in the HC2 Life Extension Programme are more powerful engines, a fuel efficiency improvement, an upgraded cockpit with digital displays, and the addition of theatre entry standard equipment.
Flight 56 is an elementary handling test which includes circuits, forced landing, stall and spin recovery, emergency drills and aerobatics.
Thirty hours of training are spent at between 2,000ft (609m) and 10,000ft (3,048m) over country terrain, with every second or third flight being solo.
A PC-9 firing 2.75in Folding Fin Aerial Rockets during a training mission. The aircraft also has two 0.5in FN machine guns on underwing hardpoints.
The PC-9’s range is 1,220km (758 miles) at a maximum cruise speed or 1,540km (956 miles) at its long-range cruise speed of 210kts (390km/h).
Irish Air Corps students’ course on the PC-9 culminates in a sortie involving navigation to a target, a land away and leading a formation to a new target within five seconds of the stipulated time.
Students use the fixed training device to not only familiarise themselves with the cockpit, but also to complete some elements of their course, including 40 hours of instrument flying.
The instructor's control panel on the FTD. An instructor can project any scenario onto a 210° viewing screen in front of a fully-working replica of a PC-9 cockpit.
Two of JHC’s 50 Apache AH 1s. The UK Ministry of Defence has recently ordered 50 latest-generation AH-64Es.
The Wildcat AH1 is designed to fulfil a range of roles including intelligence, surveillance and target acquisition, limited troop and material movement, escort, force protection, offensive action and direction of fire and airborne forward air control.
Rafale B 340/4-FG fitted with two 2,000-litre drop tanks, four BDU-12 laser-guided training bombs, an air combat manoeuvring instrumentation pod and a Mica missile acquisition round.
A 435 Squadron CC-130H(T) Hercules tanker supported each Maple Flag wave.