Thirty years ago this was a standard colour scheme for a large part of the Royal Air Force fleet of Hawk, these day's its called a retro colour scheme. This Hawk was delivered in 1979 as T1, it was converted to T1A and later to T1W. The aircraft is stored at Shawbury since 2013.
A permanent test Tomcat for the Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division at its homebase Point Mugu. This F-14B (Block 150, FY 1987) was delivered to the US Navy in 1989 and served from the early 90s within the Test and Evaluation community. Since the mid 90s, BuNo 163223 was used as the F-14B Avionics Upgrade Prototype and was therefore specially wired and configured. It received an N in its type designation to make it clear that this aircraft was not suitable for regular carrier deployments as it deviates from normal standard F-14s. The NF-14B was scrapped at AMARG in July 2007.
Seen during a low level flight while participating in exercise Adriatic Strike 2019 near the village of Vipava near Nanos park in Slovenia. By pure coincident I saw a pair of Gazelles flying over some ground troops, so I tried my luck to estimate its flight path, with a fine result.
Seen during a low level flight while participating in exercise Adriatic Strike 2019 near the village of Vipava near Nanos park in Slovenia. By pure coincident I saw this Gazelle flying over some ground troops, so I tried my luck to estimate its flight path, with a great result.
A Slovenian military Jet Ranger III of the Letalska Šola (Flight School). The helo flew a short aerial display in front of a few thousand spectators during a small open day. This Open Day marked the start of Exercise Adriatic Strike 2019.
Where there is war... the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is present. They fly a massive mixed fleet of leased aircraft, often South African registered. This Beech 1900 is one of them, clearly marked with a red cross, so no opposing forces with bad intentions could mix up this aircraft with a military aircraft. In that way, one hopes that the ICRC aircraft will not be shot by surface-to-air fires.
The Dutch government needed additional transport capability for their troops during their long-lasting deployment to Afghanistan. So they leased this specially modified Dash 7 from the Canadian company Voyageur Airways. The aircraft was modified with self protection measures (chaff, flare, radar warning receivers) so it could transport personnel and freight more safely between the Dutch deployment locations over the war-torn Afghanistan.
The tiltrotor was first deployed to Afghanistan in November 2009 with VMM-261 "Raging Bulls" and saw its first offensive combat mission during Operation Cobra Anger on 4 December 2009. Only a few months later, this picture was made at Kandahar when one of the Ranging Bulls Osprey's dropped of some high ranking military at the massive coalition base.
Operations like Enduring Freedom need a enormous amount of support, that many that even the military have less aircraft available. So many civilian operators of transport aircraft, especially those who are willing to fly at any moment to any location (war of not), take their benefits out of it. Trans Avia Export is one of these company's. On an average day at Kandahar during OEF, many Il-76s from many different company's were seen.
This former AH-64A (serial 86-08941) was thoroughly modified into AH-64D. Because of the massive modification, a new serial was applied. The attack helicopter is seen here after it returned from a combat mission over Uruzgan (Afghanistan) were it gave armed support to two CH-47F Chinooks.
In a war environment Medical Evacuation (MedEvac) is often necessary. Some UH-60s are assigned to this duty, and they received a red cross on their doors. In this way, during combat evacuations, the military are hoping they will not receive enemy ground-to-air fires on their helicopter. In a worldwide gentlemen agreement, fighting forces will not attack machines of buildings with these markings. Unfortunately... for some rebel and opposing forces it doesn't matter at all. This old UH-60A was seen during its take-off for another MedEvac mission from deployment location Kandahar.
Chinooks are a real workhorse, especially in combat environments. They are used for a broad range of missions. The standard US Army Helicopter Drab colour (FS34031) is on the CH-47Fs changed into Woodland Desert Sage (FS34201). This colour is tactical seen, much better in a desert environment. The 82nd Aviation Regiment deployed their Chinooks early 2010 to Kandahar.
The serials of US Army UH-60s are so difficult to read, so maintenance high lighted the last three of the serial. In that way, pilots can more simply find the helicopter on the flight line that they are going to fly.