Air International 2015-07
NASA’s DC-8 Airborne Laboratory Aircraft leaving its Armstrong Flight Research Center home in Palmdale, California, on its journey to Keflavik for research into polar winds.
An HH-60H Seahawk assigned to HS-11 conducting a mine disposal exercise in April 2015.
The Royal Australian Navy commissioned its first Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' unit, 725 Squadron, at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, on June 11, 2015.
B-52H Stratofortress 60-0018/‘MT' from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron ‘Bomber Barons’ at Minot, flying with four Swedish Air Force JAS39C Gripens (39210/‘210’, 39218/‘218\ 39287/‘287’ and 39294/‘294') from F17 Wing at Ronneby-Kallinge.
Singapore Airlines has unveiled a special livery featuring a flag design to mark 50 years since Singapore gained independence. Two Airbus A380s will carry the scheme until the end of the year, the first to be repainted 9V-SKI (msn 43) is seen at Hong Kong on June 6, 2015. The decal used for the design, which is 10m (32ft) tall and 47m (154ft) long, took five days to print and then a further eight to apply.
Five Fleet Air Arm Sea King HU5s from 771 Naval Air Squadron at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, Cornwall fly past St Michael's Mount on May 21, 2015 during a tour of Cornwall to mark the unit's 76th anniversary. A sixth helicopter was due to participate, but had to be scrambled just before the flight for two consecutive rescue missions. The unit is scheduled to stop search and rescue operations on December 31, when its role will be taken over by a civilian contractor.
United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) OV-10G+ Bronco 155492 returning from a test flight on May 28, 2015 at Naval Air Station Rota, Spain. It had been shipped to Spain by sea along with OV-10G+ 155481. The aircraft were loaned from NASA for trials in the Combat Dragon II light air support programme with a view to operating in Afghanistan. Testing ended on September 30, 2013, but the aircraft were retained by SOCOM and little was heard of them until their appearance at Rota.
Airbus A330-202 l-EGJA (msn 825), on finals to Milan Malpensa on June 5, 2015, shows the new ‘pinstripe effect’ detail on the rear fuselage, leading up to the enlarged tricolour logo.
Spanish Army/BHELMA IV AS332B1 Super Puma HT.21-09/‘ET-507'at Cuatro Vientos Air Base on May 30, 2015 on temporary loan to the Spanish Air Force's 803 Escuadron. The helicopter will reinforce the unit's depleted Super Puma fleet, which is operated in the combat search and rescue role. After an initial two-year loan a decision will be made on whether to keep it on air force strength. This will depend on the availability of new NH90s due for delivery to the army.
The first Airbus A350-900 destined for Vietnam Airlines F-WZFI (msn 14, to become VN-A886), the second operator of the new twin-jet, conducted its maiden flight from Toulouse-Blagnac on June 1, 2015. It’s the first of 14 A350s that will be used by the airline. Following crew training the aircraft will initially be used on the Hanoi-Paris CDG route from September.
Two AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300 Mk140s destined for the Algerian Naval Forces - ZK191 (c/n 507) and ZK193 (c/n 509) - deployed to Kiel in Germany between May 28 and June 8, 2015 to carry out deck landing trials on the first of two Meko A200 frigates ordered in 2012. Together with the frigates, the Algerian Navy acquired six Super Lynx, which are being completed and tested in Yeovil, Somerset. They will supplement four Mk130s already in Algerian service. Both helicopters involved in the trials refuelled at Maritime Air Station De Kooy in the Netherlands on June 8, on their way back to the UK.
Royal Air Force Voyager KC2 MRTT027 (msn 1555, ex EX-336, to be ZZ341/G-VYGL) lands at Getafe, Spain, on June 8, 2015. The aircraft was returning from Manching, Germany where it had arrived on May 13 for painting. It was the first A330MRTT to be painted by Airbus Defence and Space at Manching, although others are planned. The aircraft will shortly be delivered to Air Tanker.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries started low-speed taxiing trials with the first Mitsubishi Regional Jet flight test aircraft at Nagoya Airport, Japan, on June 8, 2015. The MRJ is scheduled for its first flight in the fourth quarter.
The Alenia Aermacchi Sky-Y was used to research the integration of UAVs into commercial airspace in Europe alongside a C-27J Spartan.
The Spanish Police has received all three Airbus Helicopters H135s (formerly EC135P2+S) with deliveries of EC-MGL (c/n 1184, ex-EC-034) and EC-MGM (c/n 1185, ex-EC-035). They joined EC-MDY (c/n 1177, ex-EC-030), which was handed over in December. EC-MGL is seen landing after the acceptance flight at the Airbus Helicopters plant in Albacete on June 2, 2015.
The EA-18Gs of VAQ-139 ‘Cougars' - one of which is pictured at its NAS Whidbey Island base on June 3, 2015 - flew 1,200 sorties and 267 combat missions during their ten-month deployment on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
Bombardier CS100 C-GWXZ (c/n 5005), wearing the livery of launch operator, Swiss International Air Lines, was scheduled to go the carrier's Zurich base after the Paris Air Show for customer demonstrations.
A French Air Force Mirage 2000N carrying F4 practice bombs at the beginning of a close air support mission during SERPENTEX 2014. Under the MoD's plans, it is likely the 2000N and the Mirage 2000C will be deployed for air-to-ground missions.
The first Gulfstream G500 (N500GA) just before touchdown at Savannah at the end of its first flight.
The last of 315 QF-4 Phantom II aerial targets (serial number 71-0237) was shot down on May 27, 2015.
Iraqi Airways Boeing 737-8172(W) YI-ASH (c/n 40076) on finals at Manchester. The carrier is now flying two services from the airport to Sulaymaniyah and Erbil. The routes mark an expansion in the airline's operations in the UK, joining the frequencies from London Gatwick to the same two cities and Baghdad.
Ex-Royal Netherlands Air Force AB412SP HAL462 (c/n 25630, ex RNLAF R-01), immediately after arriving at Gilze-Rijen Air Base
An-178 UR-EXP is currently fitted with two D436-148 turbofan engines, but they will be replaced by new D436-148FMs.
The D436-148FMs that will be installed on UR-EXP in August are manufactured by Motor Sich.
The first An-178 (UR-EXP) landing at Hostomel following a test flight on May 19, 2015.
Though designed by Antonov, the An-178's steel landing gear was produced by Gidromash in Russia.
The An-178’s cockpit is one of many features it has in common with the An-158; others include outer wing panels and the front landing gear.
Antonov is designing a new variant of the An-148, designated the An-148T, which will feature a lowered floor and a new rear fuselage section with a loading ramp.
The 5X is the second new Dassault Falcon to emerge within six months, following the unveiling of the ultra-long-range 8X last December.
Machine operator Les Nystrom toads wing skin panels and stringers for the first 737 MAX on the new panel assembly line at Renton.
Antonov has signed a contract for the design of the An-132 with TAQNIA of Saudi Arabia.