This former Trans World Airlines (N959U, from July 1988) and American Airlines (N959U, from December 2001) is seen during take-off from Kandahar. Weird to see such a sleek civil colourful aircraft taking off from a war location, where camouflaged jet fighters, helicopters and unmanned aerial systems, often fully armed, are operating from the same runway. The MD82 started flying with Kam Air from September 2008. Since September 2017, the aircraft is reported withdrawn from use. Since that month it is in use at an amusement park in Kabul city.
On its route to possible Taliban targets over Afghanistan. The Royal Netherlands Air Force deployed four F-16AMs on a rotational basis to Afghanistan for some ten years. This J-199 is marked with an 311 sqn badge, this squadron was disbanded in September 2012.
An Afghan National Army - Air Corps An-32B seen during an overshoot over homebase Kadahar airfield. The aircraft was delivered in April 1991 to Afghanistan and was withdrawn from use as per June 2011, it's current fate is unknown.
A Dutch Viper blasts away from Kandahar airfield, armed with its standard 20mm Gatling gun, AIM-9 Sidewinders and Guided Bomb Unit (GBU) 12s underneath the wings, the pilot and its aircraft are ready to attack Taliban forces somewhere in Afghanistan. It is bizarre to photograph actual combat missions like this!
During 2010 this DeHavilland was said to be operated by Presidential Airways, but at the same time, the aircraft was assigned since 2009 to a shadow company named EP Aviation LLC, that operates aircraft for the then US Blackwater organization. During late 2010, the aircraft was transferred to AAR Airlift, a company that provides the US government operational aviation solutions. The aircraft is reported as stored since 2013, but no location is known to me.
Fromer Czech Air Force 0816 was donated to Afghanistan after an overhaul at LOM Praha (Letecké opravny Malesice). It was delivered in December 2007 to 337 Regiment of the Afghan National Army - Air Corp and served since then from Kabul IAP and the Kandahar Air Wing (supporting 205th Corps).