Operated by Tombouctou Aviation from 2008 as TZ-BSC until it was withdrawn from use at Bucharest-Baneasa in 2011. This was the last day I photographed an operational BAC-111. Ex HZ-MAM, LX-MAM, 5N-UDE, G-BWES, PK-TAL, G-MAAH, VP-CDA, G-MAAH and YR-HRS.
The Royal Canadian Air Force participated in Operation Unified Protector, a NATO-led operation to protect Libyan civilians against the civil war. To flight Libyan armed groups this CF-188 was armed with two AIM-9 Sidewinders on the wingtips, two AIM-7 Sparrows underneath the fuselage and two GBU-12 Laser Guided bombs. The picture was made over the Mediterranean Sea, off coast Libya from a French C-135.
Tornado IDS of Aeronautica Militare fully armed over the Mediterranean Sea during Operation Unified Protector. The NATO operation in 2011 enforcing United Nations resolutions concerning the Libyan civil war. The NATO force set an arms embargo, a no-fly zone and they were authorized to use all means necessary to protect Libyan civilians. This Tornado was equipped for the mission with two Sidewinder air-to-air missiles as well as huge High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM), designed to home in on electronic transmissions coming from surface-to-air radar systems.
Tragically this Mig-23 crashed during its airshow performance just two days later, made all the more poignant after my colleagues and I received great hospitality at 1023 Sqdn during a couple of visits
This DC-9 has been flying with various carriers in Africa since 2004 but was previously a Midwest Express machine and was originally KLM's PH-DNI. Seen in service at NBO with Executive Aerospace as ZS=GAR in 12.12
With the titling of her previous operator Trans Attico visible through the white paint, this Il-76 was inactive throughout the period of the LAVEX show. Originally CCCP-76705 serving with the Soviet AF in Afghanistan