Air International 2012-06
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Kamov Ka-32A11BC UP-K3202 is one of the two delivered to Kazakhstan's Ministry of Emergency Situations on May 4, 2012.
Two Nigerian Air Force Mil Hinds of the 97 Special Operations Group are seen at Port Harcourt, their home base. The service has nine Hinds, comprising two Mi-24V Hind-Es (including the one seen here in the foreground) plus two Mi-24P and five Mi-35P Hind-Fs, which are maintained by the Belarusian company BVST. The nearest aircraft carries a fuel tank and a rocket pod under its starboard stub wing.
Mikoyan MiG-31BM Foxhound '01' is seen on approach to its home base at Monchegorsk Air Base in the Murmansk oblast. The interceptor is assigned to the 7000th Air Base (AB) which cover fives airfield in the Western Military district. The unit was created in September 2010 when operations at the 7000th (Voronezh-Baltimore), 6961st (Petrozavodsk-Besovets), 6944th (Monchegorsk), 6963rd (Kursk-Vostochnyy) and 6968th (Khotilovo) ABs merged as a Category 1 air base.
Boeing AV-8B+ Harrier II BuNo 165308/'CF-05' was one often belonging to Marine Attack Squadron 211 (VMA-211) 'Avengers' that arrived at Moron AFB outside Seville in Spain on April 19, 2012. The aircraft departed MCAS Yuma, Arizona, two days earlier at the start of their deployment to Kandahar in Afghanistan where the squadron will be assigned to the 3rd Marine Air Wing, relieving VMA-223. The aircraft will carry the ANALQ-231(v)1 Intrepid Tiger II electronic warfare pod over Afghanistan. It was designed to interrupt detonators for improvised explosive devices and intercept enemy communications, and can be controlled either by the pilot or by Marines on the ground.
Seen at NSA Souda Bay on Crete on March 26, 2012 were EP-3E Aries BuNos 156519 and 160291 (depicted here). The aircraft were making the first deployment of the type equipped with JCC Spiral 3.
QF-16C 85-1570 is seen making its first flight after conversion on May 4, 2012. It still carries its 309th AMARG inventory code (AAFG0638) on the rear fuselage and intake, and the markings of its last operator, the 174th Fighter Wing of the New York Air National Guard.
First Fighter Squadron 101 Barak 2020 number 101 (F-16C Block 40, ex 535, 90-0867) was displayed at Tel Not IASF Base during the Israel Independence Day display on April 26, 2012. The aircraft had a small badge containing a lightning flash (Barak being Hebrew for lightning) on its nose showing that it has been upgraded to 2020 standard.
Israel Air and Space Force F-16D Block 30 Barak (Lightning) 041 is flying again, seven years after crashing on May 3, 2005. While serving with the Valley Squadron, the starboard undercarriage leg collapsed when landing at Ramat David and the crew ejected before the aircraft came to rest upside down. The wreckage was transported to Air Maintenance Unit 22 (AMU22) at Tel Nof where the Barak was stored for several years until IASF Headquarters authorised its repair. Work was completed by early 2012 and the aircraft returned to the skies in February. By the time AIR International went to press it should have completed its post-restoration flight trials and been returned by AMU22 to the Valley Squadron.
Hawker Hunter F58 ZZ190 (ex G-HHAE, G-BXNZ and J-4066 of the Swiss Air Force) about to land at RNAS Yeovilton during the recent ASJTR trials undertaken on behalf of FOST.
Seen at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, on April 28, 2012 was KC-135T Stratotanker 58-0062 of the 171st Air Refueling Squadron, 127th Wing Michigan Air National Guard, based at Selfridge ANGB, Michigan. The aircraft carries the new markings being applied to the unit's tankers, although it is believed that they are only currently worn by two of its KC-135Ts (the other, 60-0345 having a 'high-viz' version). The fuselage band harks back to the days when the Stratotanker force was controlled by Strategic Air Command, while the arrow tail markings were carried by previous Michigan ANG fighters.
The Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS) has retired Westland Lynx AH7 ZD560 (c/n 333). One of three AH5 (Interim)s built, ZD560 first flew on June 16, 1987 and was delivered in April 1988, spending its working life with ETPS at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire. It was later upgraded to AH7 standard. The helicopter conducted its last sortie over Deptford Down in Wiltshire on March 28, 2012 and is currently stored at Boscombe Down.
The third Mil Mi-38 prototype is in final assembly at Kazan Helicopters.
Attending the 100th anniversary celebrations of No.3(F) Squadron at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, on May 12, 2012, was Dassault Rafale C 104/'113-HH' of Escadron de Chasse 1/7 'Provence' based at BA113 Saint-Dizier-Robinson. The aircraft was decorated with a somewhat weathered specially painted fin. On March 30 EC 1/7 assumed the heritage of SPA 162 'Tigres' from EC 1/12 'Cambresis'. EC 1/12 was one of the original members of the NATO Tiger Club thanks to having SPA162 as a flight within its structure. It last flew Mirage 2000C-RDIs, accounting for the small silhouette of the type in front of the SPA162 badge on the fin.
The first Airbus A380-841 for Malaysia Airlines (F-WWSU, msn 078, to become 9M-MNA) is seen departing Hamburg-Finkenwerder in Germany for a test flight on April 19, 2012. The airliner is configured for eight first- 66 business- and 420 economy-class passengers. It first flew on October 10, 2011. Malaysia is due to put the A380 into service in July.
Among the newcomers in Frisian Flag 2012 were German Eurofighters from Jagdbombergeschwader 31 'Boelcke', two of which are seen on approach to Leeuwarden AB.
Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 ZJ936/'QO-C' has been painted in a special scheme to celebrate No.3(F) Squadron's 100th anniversary. A small event was held at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, on May 12, 2012 to mark the milestone, during which the aircraft was displayed. No.3 Squadron was formed at Larkhill on May 13, 1912, as one of the original units of the Royal Flying Corps and initially operated a variety of aircraft in the training role.
Royal Moroccan Air Force Dassault Alpha Jet H 245/(CNA-ET) was displayed at the Marrakech Aero Expo in Morocco between April 4 and 7, 2012. As part of the Al Ghait project, the aircraft has been equipped to release chemicals from a modified AN/ALE-40 flare dispenser in clouds to encourage rainfall. It was converted for the role by Weather Modification Inc of Fargo, North Dakota, and is equipped with a Sperry/Honeywell Primus 300SL colour weather radar in a reprofiled nose.
Airbus A320-232 SX-DIO (msn 527) is seen departing Dublin Airport on April 26, 2012 on delivery to Astra Airlines based in Thessaloniki, Greece. It is the first of two of the type that the carrier will use to expand its services to Germany and Russia. They join a pair of British Aerospace BAe 146s also operated by Astra. The aircraft was previously stored at Dublin after being flown by Amsterdam Airlines as PH-AAY.
Airbus A310-304 J-757 (msn 473, ex AP-OOI) of the Pakistan Air Force is seen arriving at London Heathrow Airport on May 8, 2012. The aircraft - making its first flight to the UK - was delivering Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for a five-day visit. It arrived using the callsign PK002. Pakistan had received the A310 from the Government of Qatar by March 2007 and it acquired its current military identity in June 2011.
The first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner assembled at North Charleston, South Carolina, is seen during the ceremony held on April 27, 2012 to mark its roll-out. It was later delivered to Air India as VT-ANI (c/n 36277).
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N787BX at Manchester Airport on the evening of April 23, 2012. The airliner was being demonstrated to Thomson Airways.
Xian MA60 RDPL-34169 (c/n 0403) of Lao Airlines is seen on approach to Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand on April 23, 2012. Around 160 MA60 and MA600 derivatives have been ordered, of which approximately a third are for customers outside the People's Republic of China. Lao Airlines has received four MA60s, the first having been delivered on September 20, 2006.
Embraer is working towards a first flight by the Legacy 500 mid-size business jet later his year. The first prototype (seen here) recently conducted taxiing trials and commenced ground vibration tests in March 2012. It was rolled out on December 23, 2011 and test runs of the two 6,540 lb st (29.4kN) Honeywell HTF7500E turbofans were first undertaken on January 17. An initial flight is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2012. Construction of the second and third prototypes is under way, with number three due to be the first with a complete interior. Meanwhile, the joint definition phase of the smaller Legacy 450 has begun. The aircraft shares many components and systems of the Legacy 500. It was due to fly in 2012 but problems with a unit of the flight control system have delayed it until the second quarter of 2013.
Seen departing Malta International Airport on April 28, 2012 on its delivery flight is Viking Twin Otter Srs 400 C-GUVA (c/n 854), the first example for Petro Air of Libya. The aircraft became 5A-PAC upon being handed over to its new owner. Twin Otter c/n 847 was initially destined for Petro Air and was painted in its colours, before being reallocated to the Peruvian Air Force because of the revolution in Libya. The company lost five DHC-6 Twin Otter Srs 300s during the uprising and has started buying second-hand examples as replacements. CHC Cameroon sold it TJ-CQE (c/n 662) in late 2011, the aircraft becoming 5A-DDC. The number of new-built Srs 400s ordered by Petro Air has not been disclosed by either the manufacturer or customer.
The first of two No.100 Squadron Hawks T1s to be painted to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the unit is XX264. The aircraft is seen after emerging from the Babcock paintshop at RAF Leeming where the scheme was applied.
Boeing 757-236(WL) HB-JJD (c/n 28507, ex F-GPEJ) of Private Air has been leased to EC Air Equatorial Congo Airlines. The airliner is pictured at Maastricht/Aachen Airport in the Netherlands on April 30, 2012 after being repainted prior to delivery to its new operator.
Two years after the Israel Air and Space Force (IASF) introduced the Israel Aerospace Industries Heron TP (IASF name Eitan - 'Firm') into service with 210 Squadron, the IASF's third Unmanned Air Vehicle unit has unveiled new Eitan tail art. The markings combine stylised symbols for area observation and pinpoint focus. They are seen on Eitan 218, which was displayed at Tel Nof IASF Base on April 26, 2012, during the Israel Independence Day celebrations.
Airbus Military C295M GHF 551 (c/n S-087) is seen on approach to Gando-Las Palmas Airport on Grand Canaria on April 24, 2012. The transport, the second of the type for the Ghana Air Force, stopped at Gando for fuel on its delivery flight from Seville-San Pablo Airport in Spain. The first aircraft (GHF 550, c/n S-081) was flown to Ghana in November 2011.
Force Aerienne de la Republique Islamique de Mauritanie (Mauritanian Islamic Air Force) Harbin Z-9A Haitun 5T-MAM/Z9-0199 is seen at its home base of Nouakchott recently. Mauritania is believed to have received two Z-9A Haituns in 2003. The Z-9A is equivalent to the Eurocopter AS365N2 and was assembled from kits delivered from France.
US Embraer Phenom operator JetSuite has painted one of its Phenom 100s (N210FF, c/n 50000088) in a scheme it calls Delivering Happiness. The majority of its aircraft have a white scheme with an orange/red profile 'outline', and JetSuite titles on the nacelles. On the fuselage of N210FF is an App sticker for an iPhone or Android, and an IP address of '#smilehighclub' on the tail, while on the main cabin door are small 'Operated by JetSuite' titles. When seen at Boeing Field/King County International Airport, Washington, on April 7, 2012 the 'Delivering Happiness' logo on the lower fuselage had been removed.
The Miskam is the latest of several unmanned and optionally-manned versions of the Diamond DA42 to have flown.
CAIGA has committed to funding the Cirrus Vision SF50 to initial production. So far, only the non-conforming prototype has flown.
Afghan Air Force Mi-17V-5 715 is put through its paces at Kazan's production flight test centre. The manufacturer is currently fulfilling an order for 21 of the type for Afghanistan.
The Hawker 4000 is HBC's top-of-the-range business Jet. Its development was protracted, contributing to the current difficulties faced by the company. Ten were delivered in 2011, compare to 16 the year before.
The AgustaWestland AW169 prototype on its first flight on May 10, 2012.
The Camcopter S-100 operating from the Italian Navy's ITS Bersagliere.
Turk Hava Kuvvetleri (Turkish Air Force) F-4E Terminator 2020 77-0285 of 111 Filo 'Panterler' is seen departing Sliac Airport in Slovakia on April 26, 2012. The aircraft carries special markings on its tail and on its external fuel tanks denoting 50,000 flight hours by the upgraded Phantom. The fighter-bomber was one of three of the type that took part in MACE XIII 2012, which was held in Slovak airspace between April 16 and 27 - the majority of the visiting aircraft operating from Sliac Airport. Twelve NATO countries sent aircraft or personnel to the exercise, which concentrated on the planning and control, command and co-ordination of tactical air operations in a hostile electronic warfare environment. Among the contributors were Denmark (F-16 MLU), France (Dassault Mirage 2000 and Rafale), Germany (contracted Learjet 40 target-tug), NATO (Boeing E-3A), Norway (Dassault Falcon 20ECM) and Spain (F/A-18 Hornets), as well as Turkey (F-4E with KC-135R support) and Slovakia (Mikoyan MiG-29 and Aero L-39).
Artist's impression of the MQ-8C recently ordered to support Central and Africa Commands.
All four Boeing 737-7ES Peace Eagles destined for the Turkish Air Force are pictured outside TAI's facility in Ankara.
Antonov An-28TD 1003 is the latest addition to the Polish Navy. It was transferred from the Polish Air Force's 33rd Transport Air Base at Powidz to the 43rd Naval Air Base at Gdynia-Babie Doly on April 12, 2012, becoming the 13th An-28/M-28 for the Polish Navy. The aircraft was rolled out on November 5, 1994, and had flown 3,100 hours at the time of the transfer.
This Mil Mi-35 is operated by the Russian Army Aviation's 387th Air Base at Budennovsk in Stavropol Krai and is pictured wearing the latest one-tone grey paint scheme. It is one of the four that were taken on strength in December 2011. By 2014 a total of 49 Mi-35Ms should be in service
Boeing 747-830 Intercontinental D-ABYA, about to touch down at Frankfurt Airport on May 2, 2012, after arriving from Paine Field Airport, Washington.
Seen after emerging from the paint shop at Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands on April 19, 2012 is Boeing 737-8K5 D-AHFR (c/n 30593), the latest logojet of the German airline TUI fly. Named 'UBARflieger', the aircraft carries special markings to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the German dairy brand Barenmarke.
Danish domestic carrier Cimber Sterling filed for bankruptcy on May 3, 2012. The airline's owners decided to withdraw finance after failing to stem losses because of rising costs and fierce competition from other budget carriers. On the same day it cancelled its four domestic and European charter flights. Cimber Sterling operated several flights on behalf of SAS, but these also ended and were being serviced by SAS and Jet Time aircraft after May 3. Cimber Sterling operated nine ATR 42/72 turboprops, six Boeing 737-700s (one seen here) and 11 Bombardier CRJ-200LRs, all of which are currently in temporary storage.
Until early May 2012 ZM135 (BK-1) was destined to be one of only two Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs acquired by the UK. The recent U-turn away from the F-35C now means that the F-35B will operate from the two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers under construction.
The second EMB-145I lifts off from Sao Jose dos Campos in Brazil on its maiden flight.
The latest artist's impressions of the Boeing 737 MAX illustrates the new winglet design adopted for the airliner family.
ATR 72-600 msn 999 was handed over on May 2, 2012 as the 1,000th ATR, and displays large titles to highlight the fact on its rear fuselage. It was delivered to Air Nostrum. The aircraft is seen at Toulouse prior to delivery.
The 500th Eurocopter EC 145 (D-HMBB, c/n 9500) seen prior to delivery to the Mexican operator Transportes Aereos
The Novaer T-Xc Pilgrim is aimed at a Brazilian requirement for a basic trainer. Construction of a prototype has started.