Air International 1994-10
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Czech Air Force Antonov An-24RV 5803 from the 6th Dopravni Letecky Pluk ‘T G Masaryka’ at Kbely has recently been repainted in this smart civilian-style colour scheme and is seen here during a visit to Slupsk-Rewdzikowo air base in Poland where, together with two An-26s, it supported a deployment of Czech MiG-21s and MiG-23s for live missile firing practice on the Ustka-Wicko air defence range.
Still in full Qatar Emiri Air Force markings. Mirage F.1EDA QA74/'D' is seen arriving at Valencia/Manises air base, Spain, on delivery to the Ejercito del Aire’s 111 Escuadron of Ala II on August 23, 1994, one of five ex-Qatari examples to be delivered on that date. In Spanish service QA74 will be reserialled C.14-76/'11-03'.
Impulse Airlines first Jetstream 41, wearing test marks G-4-034, on a pre-delivery test flight. The Sydney-based regional carrier ordered ten of the type in July 1994, becoming the first Jetstream 41 operator in Australasia.
Making the last ever USAF Phantom deployment to Europe, the Nevada Air National Guard's 192nd RS High Rollers deployed eight RF-4Cs, including 64-1021 illustrated here, to Karup air base, Denmark on July 30, 1994, arriving via Plattsburgh AFB, New York with a C-141B Starlifter in support. They returned home by the same route on August 13 although two diverted to Kinloss en route and eventually left on August 19.
Making its British debut during August was the new Schweizer 330 four-seater helicopter which is seen here visiting UK distributor CSE Aviation at Oxford/Kidlington Airport. CAA certification is expected shortly for the Allison 250 C20W-powered helicopter which sells for £300,000 fully-equipped, making it one of the cheapest turbine helicopters on the market.
The two prototype Cessna 526 JPATS CitationJet prototypes, N526JP and N526JT, photographed together in the air for the first time. Note the differences in configuration of the plates behind the engine exhaust. All JPATS candidates will have undergone USAF evaluation by the time these words are read and the winning design will be chosen next February. If the Cessna entry succeeds, it will be built alongside the Cessna 525 CitationJet at the company's Wichita facility.
Cathay Pacific's latest Boeing 747-467, VR-HUI, was delivered on June 10, 1994 and is the first to appear in the airline's new livery which was unveiled on August 31. The scheme represents Cathay's first major livery change in 30 years and coincides with commencement of a major fleet renewal programme - the airline's first Airbus A330, also in the new colours, was being shown off at the recent Farnborough show. A prominent feature of the new scheme is a dashing white ‘brushwing’ logo on the fin and forward fuselage, representing a single calligrapher’s brush stroke suggesting the wing of a bird.