Air International 2013-06
The first Full Operational Capability NHIndustries NH90 TTH delivered to the Italian Army.
The Aviation Legere de I'Armee de Terre (French Army Aviation) deployed six Aerospatiale SA342M Gazelles and a SA330Ba Puma of 3 Regiment d'Helicopteres de Combat (3rd Combat Helicopter Regiment) based at Etain to Middle Wallop, Hampshire, between April 15 and 19, 2013. The helicopters conducted navigation exercises during the deployment, visiting Duxford in Cambridgeshire and RAF Shawbury, Shropshire. SA342M Gazelle 3947/'GAS' is seen passing 4198/‘CGQ' at Middle Wallop.
Airbus A340-642X A6-EHJ (msn 933, ex F-WWCF) of Etihad Airways sporting stickers promoting the Formula 1 Abu Dubai Grand Prix 2013 due to be held on November 3, 2013. The aircraft is seen on approach to New York-John F Kennedy International Airport on April 25.
On April 26, 2013 six Bell-Boeing MV-22B Ospreys of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (VMM-365) 'Blue Knights' arrived at Moron AB in Spain, accompanied by two Lockheed Martin KC-130J Hercules tanker transports of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252) 'Otis’ (BuNos 168069/'BB-069' and 165810/'BH-810‘) based at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Up to 500 US Marines will be deployed at Moron to provide a rapid reaction force, primarily to cover potential operations in northern Africa. Around 225 will support the Ospreys, while another 225 will be combat, intelligence and communications personnel. The 'Blue Knights' are based at MCAS Miramar, California, and MV-22B BuNo 165850/'YM-00' (seen here) is the unit's flagship, carrying the squadron's marking in colour on its tail. The other five deployed tiltrotors are BuNos 166721/‘YM-W, 168225/'YM-12', 166718/'YM- 02', 166609/'YM-04‘ and 166719/'YM-09', the latter wearing special tail markings for Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 'Untouchables' - an aviation ground support unit.
Boeing 787-8 A7-BCB (c/n 38320, ex N1003W) is one of the Qatar Airlines examples that has returned to service. It is seen on approach to Strasbourg International Airport, France, on May 3, 2013, two days after the airline restarted operations with the type.
The first production 'new' Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign; the improved variant introduces distinctive winglets.
British Aerospace BAe 111-539GL ZH763 (c/n 263) departed MoD Boscombe Down, QinetiQ, for the final time on April 26, 2013. The aircraft is seen on its final flight as GAUNTLET 57, heading for Newquay Airport in Cornwall, where it will be preserved with the Classic Air Force. The aircraft was initially delivered to British Airways as G-BGKE, before joining the Defence Research Agency in 1991, which primarily used it for radar trials from Thurleigh in Bedfordshire, Farnborough in Hampshire and finally Boscombe Down. Almost 50 years after making its maiden flight, the aircraft touched down for the last time in Cornwall around 1230 hrs.
Lockheed L-188CF Electra G-LOFC of Atlantic Airlines lines up on the runway at Coventry Airport on April 27, 2013, before departing for Leipzig, Germany, at the start of its delivery flight to Canada.
Winner: the Department of the Navy's budget request included procurement of 21 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft and the establishment of two more expeditionary electronic attack (VAQ) squadrons.
Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules YI-308 (c/n 5721) departed Marietta, Georgia, on April 23, 2013, along with two others, on delivery to the Iraqi Air Force. The three (YI-307 to YI-309) were flown to US Air Force bases before heading for the Middle East. Arriving at Shannon in Ireland on May 2, en route to their new home at New Al Muthanna AB, they joined three others delivered from December 2012 with 23 (Transport) Squadron.
McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II 37+01 (ex 72-1111) has received special colours for the forthcoming Phantom Farewell event due to be held at Wittmund AB in Germany. The aircraft is one of four specifically painted to celebrate its impeding retirement from Luftwaffe service in June 2013. The aircraft was the first delivered to Germany and one of the last in service - facts recorded around the cross on the rear fuselage. It is seen taking off from Wittmund on May 8.
On April 29, 2013, Aer Arann received ATR 72-600 EI-FAS (msn 1083, ex F-WWET), named St Connell, during a ceremony at the manufacturer's facility at Toulouse Blagnac in southern France. It first flew on April 18 and arrived at Dublin Airport, Ireland, on May 3. The regional airliner entered service on Aer Lingus Regional routes the following day, flying between Dublin and Edinburgh in Scotland. Aer Arann ordered eight of the new-generation ATR 72s in July 2012, all of which will be delivered over the next 11 months.