Air International 2015-12
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MiG-29 RF-92179 loaded with four SAB-250 bombs which are used as targets for infrared air-to-air missiles. The primary use of the SAB-250 bomb is to illuminate terrain for reconnaissance, however they are also a practical target solution.
GBU-31(V)1 Joint Direct Attack Munitions on a trailer prior to loading on a B-1B Lancer at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
B-1B 85-0085/DY takes off from Dyess Air Force Base early on a Sunday morning with a full Air Force Reserve Command crew onboard.
Two Air Force Reserve Command flag­ships: 307th BW B-52H 60-0061/BD ‘The Spirit of Aggieland Texas A&M’ on display next to B-1B 85-0089/DY 'POW MIA' during the 489th BG reactivation ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base on October 17, 2015.
Colonel Denis Heinz, commander of the 489th BG, launched the first official B-1B mission with an all Air Force Reserve Command crew on October 18, 2015.
The tail of B-1B 85-0089 features a red and yellow stripe with markings for the 489th BG commander.
The 489th Bomb Group’s reactivation ceremony was held in a hangar at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
Pilots from the 345th Bomb Squadron boarding B-1B 85-0089 for the first official mission with an all Air Force Reserve Command crew on October 18, 2015.
A B-2 Spirit drops inert GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions on the Utah Testing and Training Range.
Two Air Force Reserve Command flag­ships: 307th BW B-52H 60-0061/BD ‘The Spirit of Aggieland Texas A&M’ on display next to B-1B 85-0089/DY 'POW MIA' during the 489th BG reactivation ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base on October 17, 2015.
The 489th Bomb Group’s reactivation ceremony was held in a hangar at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
Russian-Serbian Mi-8MT Hip crews fired 80mm S-8 rockets to provide air support to combat search and rescue helicopters.
The infrared-guided R-73 Archer missile is the primary weapon for a MiG-29 pilot during a within visual range engagement because of its agility and ability to acquire a target during manoeuvre.
The underwing pylon of MiG-29UB RF-90861 loaded with an an R-73 missile. Two-seat MiG-29s are not fitted with a radar so their ability to launch air-to-air missiles is limited to infrared-guided R-73 Archers and not semi-active radar- guided R-27
All French Air Force UAVs are operated by Escadron de Drones 1/33 ‘Belfort’. While the Harfang is powered by a Rotax piston engine, the Reaper is fitted with a turbine.
All Reaper missions are controlled from a well-hidden air-conditioned shelter.
The Reaper is fitted with a very basic yet effective retractable landing gear and small cameras in the nose for all taking off, landing and taxiing operations.
The Reaper is fitted with a very basic yet effective retractable landing gear and small cameras in the nose for all taking off, landing and taxiing operations.
One of the three French Reapers photographed outside its maintenance hangar at Niamey.
A French Reaper is manhandled into its hangar by a team of US contractors at the end of a sortie from Niamey.
Nine A400Ms were in the delivery process at the end of October 2015, including MSN28 for Turkey, seen here in the background.
The Harfang control station is housed in air-transportable shelters.
The Harfang is a tight fit in its hangar and great care is needed when manhandling it.
Ease of maintenance was taken into account early in the Harfang development programme.
More than 160 C295s have been sold to 22 operators in 23 countries, with the type having accumulated more than a quarter of a million flying hours.