Air International 2021-03
News: Commercial, Military
Two dismantled former Israeli Air Force F-16A Netz, including 220 on the left, in the cargo hold of an An-124 prior to departing from Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel, on January 27, 2021 as part of the first consignment of four of the type for delivery to Top Aces in Mesa, Arizona
Qatar Airways will not return all of its A380-800s to service, but Qantas still sees a role for the type
A single Philippine Air Force (PAF) service member poses with US Air Force personnel in front of newly acquired PAF C-130H Hercules 5125 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on January 15, 2021 during its delivery flight from the US to the Philippines
Newly acquired Uruguayan Air Force C-130H Hercules 594 (formerly Spanish Air Force KC-130H TK.10-05) operating its first operational mission, a direct flight to Artigas Scientific Base, King George Island, Antarctica, carrying 4,500kg of provisions on January 4-5, 2021. The aircraft is one of two acquired from Spain and delivered in December.
Britten-Norman will modify an Islander as part of Project HEART
Norwegian will not resume long-haul flights
Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SA 12-1009 on approach to RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, on November 18, 2020 after a ferry flight from the USA. After being delayed in the UK, this was one of the final pair to be delivered and eventually arrived in Saudi Arabia on December 10, 2020
The first Boeing F-15EX, serial number 20-0001, performs a 'Viking' departure, making an unrestricted vertical climb out of St Louis as it takes off for its maiden flight on February 2, 2021.
Leonardo UH-139E MM81978 (c/n 31914) ‘PS-116’ seen here on January 30, 2021 is the first of a new batch for Italy’s Polizia di Stato (State Police), which already operates eight UH-139Cs. A second new Polizia UH-139E, MM81979 (c/n 31915) ‘PS-118,’ has also been seen test flying, but it is unclear how many additional helicopters have been ordered
One of the six AH-64E Version 6 Apaches, serial number 03313 (fiscal year unconfirmed), departing from the Boeing factory in Mesa, Arizona, on January 12, 2021 headed for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to join the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, the first unit to re-equip with the V6
Service entry of the Boeing 777X is now planned for late 2023
US Air Force KC-46A Pegasus 16-46020 lands at Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire, on February 5, 2021. This was the 12th and final Pegasus for the 157th Air Refueling Wing, making the unit the first to receive its full complement of the new tanker