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Two Boeing KC707 Re'em tankers visited Waddington during Cobra Warrior 2019, including this example, 272.
Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev and Brigadier General Amnon Ein-Dar pose for the cameras in front of F-15C Baz 810. The writing on the jet's nose is in Hebrew and says Elapidae, a species of venomous snake.
Four Israeli F-15s in the Waddington overhead before recovery.
F-15D 818, named 'Octopus', carries one and a half kill markings for Syrian aircraft. The half kill was awarded to the jet for shooting down a Syrian MiG-23 on June 8, 1982. The victory was shared between two Baz crews because both launched AIM-7F Sparrow air-to-air missiles at the target and it remains unclear which missile destroyed the enemy aircraft.
The initial STD II configuration NH 90TTH for the Fuerzas Aeromoviles del Ejercito de Tierra is seen here at Albacete on September 18, 2019.
The first AAR-capable Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, BuNo. 169066, was delivered to NAS Norfolk, Virginia, on September 9, 2019.
Emirates has confirmed it plans to continue operating A380s well into the 2030s, but the fleet size will reduce.
Among the aircraft participating in Falcon Leap and the Market Garden memorial event was this C-130H from Melsbroek-based 20 Smaldeel, carrying invasion stripes as a tribute to the RAF's - mainly Belgian-equipped - 525 Squadron that participated in D-Day in 1944.
Seven transport aircraft from six different air arms return to Eindhoven's eastern military apron after the first of three Falcon Leap missions flown on Friday, September 20, 2019.
An Aeronautica Militare Tranche 3 F-2000A from 36° Stormo based at Gioia del Colle Air Base returns to the ramp after its morning mission on day 8 of Cobra Warrior 2019.
Italy's Aeronautica Militare sent four Eurofighter F-2000As to the exercise. This example, MM7321/37-12 is assigned to 37° Stormo based atTrapani-Birgi, Sicily.
The first of tour test and development aircraft of Taiwan's new Advanced Jet Trainer was rolled out in a ceremony attended by the country's president on September 24, 2019.
Airbus has introduced greater automation into producing A320 Family aircraft in Hamburg.
Saudi Arabian Airlines joined the Boeing 787-10 operators' list by taking delivery of its first example, HZ-AR24 (c/n 40050). This is the first of ten 787-10s for the carrier, which also operates 13 787-9s.
US Marines Corps KC-130J Hercules BuNo 166380/BH from VMGR-252 taxies to its position on the apron at Eindhoven to pick up another load of paratroopers, with a Luftwaffe Transall C-160D from Hohn-based LTG63 behind.
Luftwaffe Transall C-160D 50+77 from Hohn-based LTG63 participated in the second week of Falcon Leap, while another LTG63 aircraft did so in the first week.
Seven transport aircraft from six different air arms return to Eindhoven's eastern military apron after the first of three Falcon Leap missions flown on Friday, September 20, 2019.
A new short take-off and landing version of the ATR 42-600 will debut in 2022.
An A400M test aircraft, EC-404, in formation with Airbus H225M F-ZWCS over southern France. The trials proved the suitability of the A400M to refuel helicopters in flight from the wing-mounted pods, a procedure that had previously been problematical because of turbulence.
Four Bombardier Global aircraft were acquired by the US Air Force for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) role and designated E-11A.
Virgin Orbit Boeing 747 N744VG Cosmic Girl (c/n 32745) flies with the Red Arrows near Mojave, highlighting the news that a Royal Air Force Typhoon pilot, Flight Lieutenant Matthew Stannard, will be seconded to the company, which will use the 747 as part of its small satellite launch system.
An A400M test aircraft, EC-404, in formation with Airbus H225M F-ZWCS over southern France. The trials proved the suitability of the A400M to refuel helicopters in flight from the wing-mounted pods, a procedure that had previously been problematical because of turbulence.
The first Canadian C295 SAR, to be designated CC-295 by the RCAF in its distinctive search and rescue colours. It wears the serial number 295501 and has construction number 183.
F-15D 733, named 'The King Ran', just before touchdown on RAF Waddington’s runway 20. The circular satellite antenna aft of the aircraft's cockpit canopy is part of the jet’s satellite communication system. This is a bespoke Israeli system used when the aircraft is tasked as a networked command and control node to uplink data from other jets to a satellite for downlinking to Israeli commanders located at long range. Similarly, the satellite communication link enables data to be received from commanders and other assets for datalink distribution to other aircraft in the strike package.
Air France accepted its initial A350-900 F-HTYA (msn 331) on September 27, 2019. The aircraft, captured here during a pre-delivery test flight, is the first of 28 A350-900s for the carrier. Initial routes are Abidjan (via Bamako) and Toronto, followed by Cairo, Seoul and Mumbai.
The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) are acquiring six MD Helicopters MD 539F Cayuse Warriors for light scout and attack operations.
The Royal Thai Army is proposing to replace its fleet of seven Bell AH-1F Cobras with eight Boeing AH-6i Little Bird helicopters.
As well as one of its older C-130Hs, Israel used three of its relatively new C-130J-30s to support its deployment. This aircraft, 665, was delivered with national and squadron markings but as can be seen here, it is now totally anonymous. It serves with 103 'Elephants' Squadron.
The US Marines Corps was a first-time participant in exercise Falcon Leap. KC-130J Hercules BuNo 166380/BH from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252) based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, arrived at Eindhoven from Sigonella, Italy.
US Marines Corps KC-130J Hercules BuNo 166380/BH from VMGR-252 taxies to its position on the apron at Eindhoven to pick up another load of paratroopers, with a Luftwaffe Transall C-160D from Hohn-based LTG63 behind.
The first KC-130J Super Hercules aerial refuelling tanker for the Armee de l’Air taxis to its parking spot at its new base at Orleans-Bricy on September 19, 2019. Serial number 5874 is the first of two of the type ordered by France.
Aeronautics Militare KC-130J MM62178/46-43 takes off from Eindhoven on September 21, 2019 to participate in the Market Garden memorial event. This Hercules was recently converted to tanker standard.
Paratroopers from different countries about to board a Luftwaffe Transall at Eindhoven, with a US Air Force C-130J-30 from Ramstein-based 37th Airlift Squadron and an Italian KC-130J from Pisa-based 46° Brigata Aerea in the background.
Seven transport aircraft from six different air arms return to Eindhoven's eastern military apron after the first of three Falcon Leap missions flown on Friday, September 20, 2019.
Schiebel's Camcopter S-100 system on the deck of the Finland Border Guard's Offshore Patrol Vessel Turva.
PZL-Mielec M28-05 D-CPDB was one of two Skytrucks that came to Eindhoven. PD Air Operations started flying two grey M28's on behalf of the Luftwaffe in late 2017 and added a third, white-blue example early this year.
Thomas Cook Airlines' main base was Manchester, where one of its A320 Family aircraft, A321-211G-TCDN (msn 7048) is pictured taxiing earlier this year.
Virgin Orbit Boeing 747 N744VG Cosmic Girl (c/n 32745) flies with the Red Arrows near Mojave, highlighting the news that a Royal Air Force Typhoon pilot, Flight Lieutenant Matthew Stannard, will be seconded to the company, which will use the 747 as part of its small satellite launch system.
A Boeing 737 MAX pictured during testing. Airlines have cancelled the type from their schedules well into January 2020.
The first two customer Tecnam P2012 Traveller aircraft have been delivered to the regional airline Cape Air. The 11-seat aircraft (one of which is pictured here) departed the manufacturer's headquarters in Capua, Italy, and transited through Groningen, Inverness, Reykjavik, Narsarsuaq and Goose Bay on their journey to Barnstable Airport in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
The NASA X-57 Maxwell has arrived at Edwards Air Force Base as work continues to prepare the electric aircraft for flight.
The Kitty Hawk Heaviside has a striking planform of forward-swept wings, canards and eight engines.