The Republic of China Air Force (Taiwan Air Force) operated the S-2T Tracker until late 2017. The S-2Ts were transferred from the Taiwan Naval Aviation fleet to the Air Force in April 2013. Luckily, they kept the same tasks as well as their striking colors! This 2205 showed the photographer the spread-my-wings technique.
Always great to see the corkscrew contrails coming from the propeller blades. In a high atmospheric humidity this effect is dramatically increased. Luckily, Taiwan is the right spot for such weather conditions.
The last day of the airshow LIMA 2017 was brightened up with a beautiful Fokker 50UTA of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. The picture was made from the civil terminal, through the glass of the departure hall.
C-130 heaven at Pingtun South. The Republic of China Air Force (Taiwan Air Force) 10th Transport Air Group (TAG) operates two squadrons with nineteen C-130H Hercules, and one C-130HE on strength. The C-130HE is the RoCAF spy plane.
F/A-18E Super Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 'Sunliners', based at NAS Oceana (VA), on the taxiway of Fallon. The squadron deployed to Nevada for work-ups of the Carrier Air Wing in preparation for an upcoming cruise with the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
Photography jet fighters in their element while they pass fast and low gives you a true adrenaline kick. Their scream through the valley makes you almost forget that this is real military hardware, designed for combat missions. The plane you see was not designed as a model like you see on a fashion catwalk. The pilot inside is having a real tough time, manoeuvring his plane through the canyon: train as you fight, fight as you train! This Dutch F-35A of 323 Test and Evaluation Squadron (323 TES), based at Edwards AFB (CA), buzzed some photographer heads!
Adversary F-5E of Fighter Composite Squadron (VFC) 13 "Saints" ready for another flight from NAS Fallon. The black painted aircraft - the so-called the MiG-28 scheme from the movie Top Gun - is a former Swiss Air Force Tiger (J-3053). It was delivered in May 2004 to the US Navy. So this Tiger never flew in the movie. In the back ground 761534/AF-10 of VFC-13 in a three-tone grey c/s can be seen, as well as one of the Super Hornets they will fight in a few minutes.
Wisconsin is known as the Badger state, and Truax Field, home of the 176th Fighter Squadron, is situated very close to the capital of the State, Madison. So the Air National Guard squadron proudly wear a Badger tail design and a red Madison fintip, both to show respect to the State and Capital. In the ready room of the squadron, a taxidermy Badger can be found. And the tradition is that a pilot touches this Badger before every flight.
The Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM, Royal Malaysian Air Force) operates only F/A-18D versions, so no single seaters are in their inventory. The TUDM took delivery of eight aircraft, and they are all assigned to 18Skn, a squadron named 'Lipan' and that is based at Butterworth. This M45-06 is seen while retracting its gear, just at the beginning of a spectacular aerial display over Langkawi during LIMA '17.
The Israeli Air Force operates this highly modified Gulfstream V Nachshon Shavit with 122sq "The Dakota Squadron" from Nevatim air base. This 676 visited Ovda only for a short while as it operated during Blue Flag from its homebase.