Air International 2013-12
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A Blue Air pilot from the Polish Air Force's 6 ELT based at Poznan-Krzesiny AB salutes the camera before the first COMAO mission on September 12, 2013. On his shoulder is a patch commemorating participation in exercise Red Flag-Alaska 12-2.
The Turkish Air Force’s 142 Filo from Konya AB deployed two of its Fighting Falcons as part of the Red Air during the first half of the course. Here, F-16D 07-1016 taxies towards Albacete’s active runway equipped with a flight profile recorder pod, the in-flight component of the autonomous air combat manoeuvring instrumentation system.
A French Mirage 2000-5F takes off on October 1, 2013 to take part in a combat search and rescue mission. The execution of each day’s missions took place between 1300Z and 1600Z. In the background are Ala 14 Mirage F1Ms retired by the Spanish Air Force in mid-2013.
A French Mirage 2000-5F takes off on October 1, 2013 to take part in a combat search and rescue mission. The execution of each day’s missions took place between 1300Z and 1600Z. In the background are Ala 14 Mirage F1Ms retired by the Spanish Air Force in mid-2013.
The hump at the JF-17’s inlet opening is designed to slow down the airstream entering the engine and to hide the face of the engine’s compressor blades as well as minimise the aircraft’s radar signature.
Among Asia's indigenous fighter types, Pakistan's JF-17 Thunder is the most advanced. The Pakistan Air Force is currently receiving aircraft configured to Block II standard and Block III is already under development.
A four-ship of JF-17s, each carrying a 1,000lb general purpose bomb.
A No.26 Squadron JF-17 loaded with a single 1,000lb general purpose bomb.
This JF-17 is painted in the darker two-tone grey colour scheme more recently applied to PAF Thunders.
The PAF displayed the JF-17 Thunder at the airshow at Izmir, Turkey in June 2011.
JF-17 09-112 fitted with two 1,000 litre underwing fuel tanks and an 800 litre tank on the centreline station.
This JF-17 is seen next to a hardened revetment, typical of a PAF air base.
In 2010, the PAF painted JF-17 Thunder 09-111 in Pakistan’s national colours.
A Klimov RD-93 engine undergoes preparatory work before installation on a JF-17 at the PAC Kamra facility.
JF-17 Thunder, build number SP34, in the final assembly hall at PAC Kamra’s production facility.
The last week of FC 2013-5 saw the participation of a Spanish Navy SH-3D and an AB212 and an Ejercito del Aire AS332B from 803 Escuadron as well as this HH-3F from 15° Stormo at Cervia, Italy, for CSAR/personnel recovery missions.
F-15E Strike Eagle 88-1668/’SJ’ of the 336th Fighter Squadron taxies out from the massive ramp at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina.
Airmen load an AN/AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pod onto a Strike Eagle at Eglin AFB, Florida.
F-15E Strike Eagle 86-0184/’ET’ of the 40th Flight Test Squadron based at Eglin AFB, Florida, loaded with a single GBU-53/B SDB II.
F-15E Strike Eagle 88-1708/’SJ’ of the 335th Fighter Squadron based at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina - loaded with live ordnance - departs Nellis AFB, Nevada, on a Green Flag mission. The aircraft is carrying two 2,000lb GBU-31 JDAMs and two 500lb GBU-12s.
A Strike Eagle fitted with an AN/AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pod and an AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN navigation pod.
Armed for the air-to-air role, an F-15E loaded with an AIM-9 Sidewinder and an AIM-120 AMRAAM. The missiles are each carried on an LAU-128A/A guided missile launcher.
F-15E Strike Eagle 90-0257/’WA' assigned to the 17th Weapons Squadron based at Nellis AFB, Nevada, landing at its home station. It is loaded with two 3,000lb AGM-130 powered stand-off weapons carried on the underwing stores pylons.
Airmen assigned to the 336th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load a 2,000lb GBU-31 JDAM onto an F-15E Strike Eagle.
GBU-28E/B Enhanced Paveway III
AGM-130 powered standoff weapon
Airmen load a live AIM-120C AMRAAM onto the underwing pylon of a Strike Eagle prior to a missile shot over the Gulf of Mexico range flown from Eglin AFB, Florida.
Strike Eagles вернулись из очередного вылета в ходе операции "Iraqi Freedom". F-15E действовали с аэродрома Балад в Ираке, где раньше базировались иракские МиГ-23. Самолет на переднем плане несет типовую боевую нагрузку, включающую контейнер Sniper, управляемые бомбы и ракеты для самообороны.
F-15E Strike Eagles taxi in at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, after an Operation Iraqi Freedom mission.
Отличительной особенностью контейнера Sniper является то, что он позволяет F-15E находиться на значительном удалении от цели - это снижает шансы обнаружить себя и позволяет достичь внезапности атаки.
The AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod made its operational debut on January 7, 2007, on an F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron based at RAF Lakenheath.
F-15E Strike Eagle 92-0366/'OT’ assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron based at Nellis AFB, Nevada, prior to a test mission of the AIM-120 AMRAAM missile.
F-15E Strike Eagle carrying targeting pod - an AN/AAQ-28 Litening III
F-15E Strike Eagle carrying targeting pod - an AN/AAQ-33 Sniper.
Aeronautica Militare Italiana Piaggio P180M Avantis are regularly tasked to support TLP missions.
A Mirage 2000D equipped with an inert SAMP 250kg (500lb) laser-guided bomb takes off towards the NFZ (no-fly zone) training area programmed for September 27, 2013. The crisis in Syria kept the French contingent on-call to deploy during a large part of the course.
FC 2013-5 involved 24 aircraft assigned to the Blue Force and 14 in Red Air, the largest number of all the courses held in 2013.
The excellent weather at Albacete has boosted the number of missions flown during each course. During FC 2013-5, all planned missions were able to be executed, achieving a total of 760 flight hours during the 20-day course.
C-130J-30 A97-450 over the Blue Mountains during a two-ship flight on July 17, 2013 staged to mark No.37 Squadron’s 70th anniversary.
C-130J-30 A97-450 over Sydney Harbour during a two-ship flight on July 17, 2013 staged to mark No.37 Squadron’s 70th anniversary.
Wg Cdr Darren Goldie, Commanding Officer of No.37 Squadron.
An RAAF loadmaster watches a C-130J Hercules engine start up prior to leaving Momote airfield, Manus Island.
No.37 Squadron celebrated its 70th anniversary with a two-ship flight over Sydney Harbour, the Blue Mountains, and a paradrop over the Londonderry drop zone near Richmond on July 17, 2013.
A member of an RAAF air load team marshals a forklift into position behind a C-130J to remove an aircraft pallet of stores at Momote airfield, Manus Island.
Maintenance reforms carried out on the RAAF's fleet of 12 C-130J Hercules have increased the availability of aircraft by eight per cent, the equivalent of an extra C-130J being available for missions.
Maintenance reforms carried out on the RAAF's fleet of 12 C-130J Hercules have increased the availability of aircraft by eight per cent, the equivalent of an extra C-130J being available for missions.
Australian Aerospace is one of the prime contractors responsible for through-life support of the C-130J, and contributed significant work to reviewing how the C-130J maintenance is planned and conducted, leading to these reforms.
Sqn Ldr Ben Poxon (left) and Flt Lt Brad Drew run through pre-flight checks in a C-130J Hercules cockpit before they depart the Delamere range airstrip during Exercise Aces North 2013.
No.37 Squadron celebrated its 70th anniversary with a two-ship flight over Sydney Harbour, the Blue Mountains, and a paradrop over the Londonderry drop zone near Richmond on July 17, 2013.
This AMI KC-767A belonging to 14° Stormo from Pratica di Mare acted as a high-value air asset, enabling more complexity in the planning of missions within the COMAO.