In May 1998, No. IX (Bomber) Squadron received the RAF's first Tornado GR4s. These swing wingers flew until early 2019 with the squadron, after which it received the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 at home base RAF Lossiemouth on 1 April 2019.
Arrival days and departure day at the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford are usually very good for photography. Aircraft of the static will show themselves without people, fences, market stalls, flags, fairground amusement and so on. Likewise this Ukrainian Air Force Il-76, coming from the static show on that Monday departure and taxying to the runway.
Former RAF and RNZAF Mosquito that had become derelict in California during the 70s has been restored by Avspecs Ltd of Auckland, NZ. First post restoration flight on January 13, 2019 in New Zealand, the aircraft was dismantled and shipped to it's new Texas home. It is one of only four airworthy Mosquitos at the time of uploading.
Designed for long range bomber escort, this second XP-82 was accepted by the US Air Force as 44-83887 on September 11, 1945, just after the end of WWII. Used by North American for the type's development until March 1946, the aircraft was assigned to NACA (forerunner to NASA) in 1947. Damaged after sliding off an icy runway in February 1950, it was sold to collector Walter Soplata as scrap in the mid-50s. One of the few aircraft to be let out of his collection, in 2008 the Twin Mustang began a 10 year restoration and flew again in December 31, 2018.
Two Ukrainian Air Force Su-27s full afterburner, leaving home after a succesful RIAT. The single seater, nearest to the camera, a Su-27P1M, and the dual seat Su-27UB both belong to the 831st Guards Tactical Aviation Brigade based at Myrhorod (Ukraine).
This F-16BM of 331 Skv received special colors as the RNoAF celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2019. Norway was inspired to paint this F-16 in the colors of an aircraft they once used: Spitfire IX, PL258 FN-K, of 331 (Norwegian) Squadron. This Spit has a Norwegian wartime history. FN-K crash landed on 29 Dec 1944 near Tubbergen (Netherlands). Remains of the wreckage were located by a team of the Norwegian Spitfire Foundation. These remains now form the core of a restoration project (temporary registration G-NSFS) that will become PL258/FN-K in Norway. The F-16 also sports D-Day stripings.
As Airbus Military reports: The A400M "Atlas" is the most advanced, proven and certified airlifter available, combining 21st century state-of-the-art technologies to fulfil the current and upcoming armed forces' needs. The A400M combines the capability to carry strategic loads with the ability to deliver even into tactical locations with small and unprepared airstrips and can act as a frontline-tanker. One aircraft that can do the work of three - the A400M. And I think they are right, and besides that, it's a beautiful aircraft too!
A fine buff at the static park of the RIAT 2019. Watch the massive paint damage on the leading edges of the wings, the inlets of the engines and the tail. The cockpit section was also damaged like this. A pilot said, "well probably some hail damage during a previous flight, I'm sorry about that but this was the aircraft we got assigned". This B-52H Stratofortress is alsmost 60 years old and flies out of Barksdale AFB (LA).
Great take-off of true Air Power! An F-15E Strike Eagle of the 48th Fighter Wing, 494th Fighter Squadron seen while departing the RIAT 2019. The pilots show proudly the US flag as well as their wings to the photographers. These massive wings only already measure some 610 square feet (some 57 square meters) of surface area! Roughly the size to park six BMW 3 series on...