Two Dutch Vipers during a mission in support of Operation Unified Protection, the fight agains the Khadaffi regime in Libya. The aircraft were pictured high above the Mediterranean Sea just outside Libyan airspace.
An Avenger of VSQ 2 (ex US Navy 69392) landing on the carrier Karel Doorman during a cruise around the world in 1960. The date suggests this may be off the South African coast. The Crazy Horse badge is a personal marking. The aircraft was scrapped in January 1961, soon after the carrier came home. Photo from: Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie
Dassault has completed delivery of the last of 4 Falcon 50SURMAR (marine surveillance) aircraft to the French Navy in 2016. All 4 aircraft are assigned to 24 Flotille at Lann-Bihoué. The quartet have been transferred from the French Air Force VIP transport fleet and were upgraded by Dassault at Bordeaux with a Thales Ocean Master 100 search radar, as well as a new cockpit and observation windows. This SURMAR flew out of Djibouti along the Somalia coastline somewhere in between Mogadishu and the Seychelles. Behind the large window you can see an observer taking photographs of the Johan de Witt.
Intercepted by A-7Es of VA-27 near their carrier USS Coral Sea over the Arabian Sea. The Soviet equivalent of the P-3 Orion, derived from the Il-18, the Il-38 was only built in modest numbers. Photo from: US Navy / National Naval Aviation Museum
Something that would never happen in the 21st century. Two light aircraft flying in formation are joined by an airliner heading the same way. The light aircraft are VH-REL and another 310, VH-REK, the airliner TEAL DC-6 VH-BGA. It is over the Tasman Sea between Auckland and Sydney, the final leg of the Cessnas' delivery flight from the US. The DC-6 is on a regular passenger service. Phil Lightband photo.
VH-REK photographed from sister ship VH-REL on the last leg of their delivery flight from the US to Australia. It is over the Tasman Sea between Auckland and Sydney. The scientific organisation CSIRO used the two 310s for research work. Photo from Phil Lightband.
During deck landing practice at sea the pilot overshot the arrester cables on HMS Illustrious and his Sea Fury of 1831 Squadron based at RNAS Stretton hit the arrester gear and tipped up. It was later sold to Cuba. Obtained from the pilot over 50 years ago.