A day after it was redelivered to the Afghan National Army - Air Corps this early 1980s built An-26B was still standing on its spot that was created for a small ceremony. It returned to Russia for an overhaul somewhere in 2005 and was redelivered to the 382 Regiment on 06 January 2006. Eventually, only four years after this redelivery, it was already phased out on 24 December 2010. The current whereabouts are not known.
This UH-1N Huey was used by the US Navy Corpus Christi base flight, it had a Search and Rescue task as well as a liaison mission. The helicopter was later converted to HH-1N in use with the US Marine Corps and it is currently preserved at the gate of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma (AZ).
Sitting on the platform, being beautiful. Thirty years ago a massive fleet of very active Turbo Mentors was in use with the US Navy for basic aircraft flying. This aircraft was withdrawn from use by September 2011 and replaced by the T-6 Texan II.
The Pegasus of the US Navy, in use for multi-engine trainer for students who are going to fly aircraft like the C-130, P-3, P-8 and C-20. This particular aircraft (picture is already 30 years old), is still in use. The T-44A is modified to T-44C with modern avionica to meet current standards.
T-34C Turbo Mentor, once the basic aircraft trainer for the US Navy. Now replaced by the Raytheon T-6 Texan II. This 160521 is dumped at a remote location at NAS Corpus Christi. It was seen there for the last time in November 2010. The BuNo was stricken of charge of US Navy inventory on 16 September 2009.
A most rare aircraft in my collection, 9U-BRY formerly of the Burundi Air Force. The tiny African air force operated two of these beauties. 9U-BRY had been withdrawn from use by 2003, but UN employees saw this (or sistership 9U-BRZ) flying up to 2006.
The Suriname Air Force Air Arm operated two C212s in the Martime Security role for several years, but eventually they were retired due to budget restraints. This aircraft was eventually sold to a US broker and was recently acquired by the Botswana Air Force.
Carrier clearly speeding up to create wind over the flight deck, aircraft engines are starting, awaiting action on board the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in the Persian Gulf. The Vikings are among the first to leave the flight deck, just to observe (and clear) the area of surface contacts.
Vikings, Super Hornets and a Prowler in the early sunrise over the Persian Gulf. The aircraft were awaiting action. Clearly seen is the right Super Hornet, equipped with large buddy-buddy fueltanks. The Super Hornet took over the Vikings refueling task within a Carrier Air Wing.
Just a question to the airboss of Carrier Air Wing ONE, resulted in a neat fly-by of a orbiting S-3B. The aircraft involved is the so-called "Double Nuts", the colourful squadron aircraft sporting two zero's in the modex (AB-700).
A S-3B of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32 Maulers during its landing attempt on board the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), closely observed by the Landing Signal Officer or Landing Safety Officer (LSO), also informally known as Paddles.
S-3B of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32 Maulers catches the wire on board the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) while embarked with Carrier Air Wing One and deployed in the Persian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Viking in its element, refueling a Super Hornet. This picture was made after I asked the airboss of Carrier Air Wing ONE if there was a possibility for a refueling pass between the launch and recovery of the aircraft of air wing. I did not expect them to pass that low, that close and even connected. VS-32 had during this cruise the honours to give the S-3B the Sundown cruise of the type, the very last operational deployment of the War Hoover.