Air International 2019-02
The Venezuelan defence minister was amongst dignitaries who welcomed the crews of two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack bombers to Caracas in December 2018.
The two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack bombers that deployed to Venezuela in mid-December prepare to leave for home on December 14, 2018.
Positioned on the flight deck tram line of the Juan Carlos I amphibious assault ship, an AV-8B+ Harrier Plus prepares to take off for an offensive counter air mission.
An AV-8B+ Harrier operated by the Armada's 9 Escuadrilla formed part of the Red force which were integrated into combined air operations with Ejercito del Aire aircraft
The fourteen remaining Boeing E-3A Sentry aircraft operating with the NATO Airborne Early Warning Force have now completed the CNS/ATM modification.
At the end of their ferry flight from Jordan, which included a fuel stop at Araxos in Greece, the F-16s landed at Volkel shortly before sunset.
F-16AM J-146 touches down on Volkel's runway 06L.
Following their ferry flight from Jordan, three of the four F-16s on the Volkel taxiway.
After engine shutdown, one of the pilots arriving at Volkel drink's a bottle of Dutch beer while welcomed home by the KLu's Commander in Chief, Lieutenant General Dennis Luyt.
Among the jets returning from ATF ME's final deployment was J-641, which was delivered to the KLu in September 1983. This aircraft carries a tiger striped pod on the centreline station, a signature of Volkel's resident 313 Squadron.
Eagle Eye is one of the most important exercises of its type organized annually by Spain, since it involves participation and coordination of units and weapon systems from all branches of the military. Two Ala 12 EF-18Ms break away after intercepting and identifying a C295 transport aircraft.
Right echelon formation with F-35A A35-010 closest to the camera.
Three F/A-18 Hornets lead the first two Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs, seen in this shot performing a stylish formation break.
One of QinetiQ's unique blue and white Gazelle HT3s, ZB625, operating over the Salisbury Plain Training Area.
THE PAINTING of All Nippon Airways' first Airbus A380 into a distinctive 'Flying Honu' livery was recently completed in Hamburg.
Three ex-Turkmenistan Airlines Boeing 717-200s photographed at Kemble Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire in December 2018. The aircraft are EZ-A101 (c/n 55153), EZ-A102 (c/n 55154) and EZ-A106 (c/n 55186), with EZ-A107 (c/n 55187) also on the airfield. All will be parted out and scrapped
Antonov An-12BK UR-CAJ (c/n 8346106), operated by Ukraine Air Alliance, is photographed arriving at London Stansted in December 2018.
A pilot examines Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 ZK332 of 6 Squadron, loaded with MBDA Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missiles on its fuselage weapons stations.
The final three Belgian Air Component Westland Sea King Mk48 helicopters will be withdrawn from service by the end of March 2019.
One of the two SH-3Ds assigned to 5 Escuadrilla that undertook various transport and CSAR missions during Eagle Eye 18/03.
A Cessna Citation fitted out with BIRD Aerosystems' Airborne Surveillance, Intelligence and Observation maritime solution as well as its Mission Management system.
BOMBARDIER HAS delivered a third Challenger 650, in air ambulance configuration to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega.
The Luftwaffe will continue Heron 1 operations in Afghanistan and Mali until mid-2020.
Right echelon formation with F-35A A35-010 closest to the camera.
Three F/A-18 Hornets lead the first two Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs, seen in this shot performing a stylish formation break.
One of the 21 H225Ms ordered by the Ukraine government, '53' blue (M-ABKB, c/n 2744) is seen here after a ground engine test run at Albacete on December 18, 2018. It will be operated by the Ukraine State Rescue Service after having been converted from the EC225LP to H225M standard. The helicopter was previously in service with CHC Norway as LN-OJD.
Hungary’s order for H225Ms forms part of the Hungarian government's 'Zrinyi 2026’ armed forces modernisation programme.
GERMANY'S BUNDESPOLIZEI (Federal Police) has taken delivery of three H215 Super Pumas, Airbus Helicopters announced on December 14, 2018. A fourth Super Puma will be delivered in early 2020 and all four will be used to support the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies for maritime missions off the German coast.
THE ROBINSON Helicopter Company announced on December 12, 2018, it has delivered two R44 Raven training helicopters to PHU Polinar, its Polish distributor. The two Ravens were delivered to the Polish Air Force University the following day.
A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft refuels F-35A aircraft during their journey to Australia.
An RF-4E Kai Phantom II of the JASDF's 501 Hikotai with the unit's distinctive 'Woody Woodpecker' tail markings. The squadron has flown the Phantom since December 3, 1974.
LEONARDO HELICOPTERS has recently achieved further success in the parapublic helicopter market on December 14, 2018, with the announcement sales of its AW139 to Italy's Vigili del Fuoco (National Fire Service) and the Los Angeles Fire Department in the United States.
The TH-119 is a contender for the US Navy requirement to replace more than 125 Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopters currently in service.
Two North American customers confirming deals for 60 jets each took firm A220 orders to 537 in January 2019.
Al R TANZANIA has become the first African airline to receive the Airbus A220, the twin-jet formerly known as the C Series and the newest addition to the Airbus commercial aircraft family.
Making its debut at Zhuhai was the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation WJ-700 reconnaissance-combat system.
GULFSTREAM ANNOUNCED on December 31, 2018, that it had made the first deliveries of its new G500 aircraft to an international customer.
Debuting at Airshow China 2018 was the Wing Loong l-D version, which features 70% composite construction, a wider wingspan and a more powerful engine than earlier Wing Loong variants. This aircraft flew on December 23, 2018.
The A319neo has secured its European and Federal Aviation Administration certification, but the orders backlog for the type remains very small, with the type representing less than 0.5% of all A320neo Family orders.
Level will add three more Airbus A321-211s in Vienna this year to join the seven examples already operated from there, including OE-LCF (msn 1966) seen arriving at London Gatwick in December 2018.
Bell Geospace Basler BT-67 C-FTGX departing Bournemouth in December 2018. The aircraft was transiting through the Dorset airport from Goose Bay, reportedly on its way to conduct survey work in Croatia.
AIRBUS HELICOPTERS announced the maiden flight of the first serial production H160 helicopter, which occurred at Marignane on December 14, 2018.
Right echelon formation with F-35A A35-010 closest to the camera.
Three F/A-18 Hornets lead the first two Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs, seen in this shot performing a stylish formation break.
Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II A35-009 at RAAF Base Williamtown.
A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft refuels F-35A aircraft during their journey to Australia.
The Airbus Helicopters VSR700 demonstrator flying completely unmanned. A first full prototype of this system is due to be rolled out later this year.
AIRBUS HELICOPTERS has delivered the first H145 to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the company announced on December 19, 2018.
The new H145s will replace the venerable Bell UH-1D helicopter on SAR duties with the Heeresflieger from 2020.
The first of 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8s for TUI Airways’ UK operation arrives on a stereotypically overcast Manchester day.
Royal Air Maroc has taken delivery of two new Boeing models as it expands and modernises its fleet.
An artist's impression of the futuristic-looking X-59 QueSST, which will be used by NASA to research quiet supersonic flight.
Air Astana's initial E190-E2 in its snow leopard livery, designed by Embraer in the style of the 'Profit Hunter' nose art that features on the manufacturer's E-Jets E2 test and demonstration aircraft, and applied by hand to the aircraft.
The jet-powered CADI Yunying (Cloud Shadow) has a ceiling of 44,291ft and speed 320kts.
The CH-5 was presented with four AR-1B and four smaller AR-2 missiles. The smaller CH-4 is in the background.
The twin-boom Scorpion is a civil version of the Tengden TW328 designed to transport cargo.
The SB-1 Defiant is Boeing and Sikorsky's response to the US Army's requirement for a medium-lift utility helicopter under its Future Vertical Lift programme.
The HK-5000G armed reconnaissance UAV is intended for operation from ships and is therefore equipped with a folding wing.
Although not visible on the mock-up, the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation JY-300 Tianshao (Sky Whistle) is designed to have sensors, including conformal active electronic scanned array radar, integrated into the airframe structure.
A prototype of the UAVOS ApusDuo on a test flight. The system has an extended aspect-ratio flexible wing to distribute aerodynamic loads across the span.
BOEING ANNOUNCED at the biannual Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) show in Dubai on December 10, 2018, that it has launched the BBJ 777X, which it claims will be the longest-range business aircraft ever built.
An artist’s impression of the Boeing BBJ 777X, which Boeing claims will be the longest-range business aircraft ever built.