Air International 1995-08
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Continuing Crossair's recent tradition of applying special schemes to its aircraft, the tenth Saab 2000 Concordino to be delivered, HB-IZK, has acquired 'The PHANTOM of the OPERA' titles along the full length of the black painted fuselage with a theatrical mask on the fin. The scheme was applied by AIM Aviation at Bournemouth, UK, in its Saab 2000 Completion Centre. Crossair has become one of the key sponsors of the famous musical which opens in Basel this October.
Hunting-operated, Luxembourg registered Short Skyvan 3M LX-JUL is one of two which have taken-over the parachute jump training role from the RAF balloons following the recent retirement of the latter. Paratroops are seen here boarding the aircraft at Farnborough on June 22, 1995 for a local drop over Hankley Common.
South African Air Force/2 Squadron Cheetah C 342 taxying out at Bloemspruit on May 13, 1995 in an appropriate special scheme which also extends across the wing upper surfaces and even along the refuelling probe. The SAAF is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and to date some five aircraft have acquired special schemes, incorporating the 75th anniversary logo (seen on the fin of the Cheetah here) and official slogan 'The Pride of the Nation'.
Finland's first Hornet, two-seat F/A-18D HN-461, gets airborne for the first time from St Louis/Lambert International Airport on May 23, 1995 for its second flight after being fully painted in Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force) markings. The aircraft had first flown, still in primer, on April 21. A total of 64 Hornets are on order for Finland.
Estonian Air Boeing 737-500 ES-ABC/Koit at Boeing Field, Seattle, on June 30, 1995 during pre-delivery flight testing. The first of two due for delivery to the airline on lease from ILFC, it left on delivery on July 6.