Air International 2019-08
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Be-200 RA-21512 was at Kubinka, a reminder perhaps that the Russian Ministry of Defence has ordered three such amphibians with the first delivery expected later this year.
Another Wittmundhafen-based jet, A-4N Skyhawk C-FGZT/542 (c/n 14464) operated by Top Aces, a Canadian contractor operating from the base, also has commemorative tail artwork applied. The jet's tail has markings denoting 60 years Jagdgeschwader 71 (left) and 70 years NATO (right).
At Volkel Air Base, the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu or Royal Netherlands Air Force) celebrated the F-16 Fighting Falcon's 40th anniversary in KLu service on June 7, 2019. F-16AM J-642, delivered in January 1984 and earmarked for retirement later this year, had its tail painted in anniversary marking for the occasion.
The presence of the F-35s at Volkel Air Force Days made this unique formation possible. F-16AM J-642 carries special tail markings to celebrate 40 service years of the type within the KLu. Spitfire XVI TB885/G-CKUE recently started flying in the Netherlands.
This line up illustrates the international flavour of Anatolian Eagle; Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16s, Aeronautica Militare AMX and Pakistan Air Force JF-17s. All three air forces have been regular attendees since the first edition in 2001.
One of five former French Super Etendards being lifted off the ship at dockside in Argentina wearing the protective covering applied for its journey as deck cargo.
Airbus A340-642X 2-AGCC (msn 266) at Kemble Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire on June 29, 2019. The aircraft flew into there on June 12 for parting out by Air Salvage International. This jet was only built in 2006 and was previously A7-AGC with Qatar Airways, who withdrew it from use in April 2019.
A Boeing 777-200 is the sixth ecoDemonstrator testbed following on from a 737-800, 787-8, 757, an Embraer E170 and a 777F.
MiG-29SMT RF-92311 during a demo in Kubinka
Wittmundhafen-based Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 71 Richthofen (TaktLwG 71 or 71st Wing) unveiled its new flag ship Eurofighter 30+25 (c/n GS015), on June 28, 2019. The Tranche I jet is painted in a striking scheme applied to celebrate the 60th anniversary of TaktLwG 71.
The JF-17 Thunder made its first appearance at Anatolian Eagle, a NATO exercise, with a contingent at Konya from Samungli-based 28 Squadron 'Phoenix', the latest unit to equip with the type which stood-up on February 28, 2018. Note this Block 1 aircraft is fitted with three large fuel tanks, normally only used for ferry flights.
Boeing is now on contract to build 15 enhanced MH-47G Chinook helicopters for the US Army's Special Operations Aviation Command.
AC-130U 90-0167 on final approach to RAF Mildenhall during its journey back to Hurlburt Field, Florida on July 3, 2019.
Lufthansa Group's Eurowings operation is to standardise on the A320, with Brussels Airlines set for closer alignment with network carriers rather than integration into Eurowings.
The Network for the Sky concept is designed to provide secure end-to-end communications across different networks and technologies and will form part of Airbus DS' Smart Tanker vision for the Multi-Role Tanker Transport.
One of the most interesting aircraft seen at Konya during Anatolian Eagle was this electronic intelligence-configured Transall C-160 operated by 221 Filo. This elderly transport aircraft is one of two upgraded by Aselsan in 2016 fitted with a communications intelligence system and an ASELFLIR-3000T forward looking infrared turret.
IA-58H Pucara prototype AX-561 has been given a smart new coat of paint while it completes flight testing aimed at certification by July 2019. Will the Fuerza Aerea Argentina resurrect plans to refurbish 20 of its soon to be retired legacy Pucaras to the new standard?
The Shorts SC7 Skyvan is used extensively as a platform for parachute jumps. This example, OE-FDI (c/n SH1932), is operated by the Czech company Pink Aviation in a very distinctive paint scheme and is pictured at Zweibrucken, Germany in June 2019.
Delivery of two Bombardier Challenger 604s to the Schweizer Luftwaffe (Swiss Air Force) has taken place. Challengers T-751 (c/n 5530, ex-HB-JRB) and T-752 (c/n 5540, ex-HB-JRC) are operated by the Lufttransportdienst des Bundes (LTDB or Federal Air Transport Service).
The additional H225M will be delivered in a configuration compatible with the Armee de I'Air's existing Caracal fleet.
The Hermes 900 Maritime Patrol variant has recently been deployed to Iceland as part of the European Maritime Safety Agency contract.
Assembled at the Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UWCA) in Yekaterinburg, DA42T RF-68502 attended Army 2019, the aircraft is based at Balashov.
One of two Pampa III jet trainers for the Fuerza Aerea Guatemalteca, serial number 821 with a previously unseen squadron badge.
The proposed CL-515 will feature a larger-capacity tank that will be refillable within 14 seconds from water sources close to wildfires.
The Korsar unmanned air vehicle and a flying model of the Okhotnik combat unmanned aircraft.
F-4E serial number 77-0296, specially marked for the 60th anniversary of the Phantom in Turk Hava Kuwetleri service makes a low pass over Konya.
The technologies on the AlbatrossOne demonstrator are set to be scaled up by Airbus for installation on an A321.
Pilatus PC-24 HB-VSA at Goodwood following its arrival.
Lufthansa Boeing 747-8I D-ABYT (c/n 37844) taxiing at Frankfurt, showing its retrojet livery worn by the German carrier in the 1970s.
F-35A F-001 shows the weapon load carried during the long-range strike mission to the Cornfield range. Each weapons bay holds one captive carriage AIM-120C AMRAAM missile and one inert bomb; a GBU-49 (right) and a GBU-12 (left).
American, British and Italian airmen stand in front of their aircraft at Amendola Air Base, Italy on July 2, 2019.
The first of nine Airbus Helicopters H145M helicopters was delivered to the Serbian Ministry of Defence in Belgrade on June 26, 2019.
A rare shot of all four MAX 8 flight test aircraft together. These aircraft are increasingly focused on certification testing ahead of the planned first-half 2017 certification for the aircraft.
The Boeing 737 MAX test fleet photographed in 2016, before the type's service entry. Boeing continues to work on returning the aircraft to flight, but recent simulator sessions identified an additional potential risk Boeing has been ordered to fix.
The TigerShark Block 3 XP system that will be used in the forthcoming Flight Test Series 6 test campaign at Edwards testing detect and avoid technologies.
The striking configuration of the Airbus Vahana electric vertical take-off and landing demonstrator.