This 1966 An-12B flew with many different companies, but it started its career with the Soviet Air Force. It was commercially sold to AFL/Privolzhsk in the late 1990s, and then companies as Aeroflot, Avial, Southern AirGroupe, Eurasia Airlines, Pochta Rossii and Aeriantur-M (as shown on this picture) followed. In October 2007, the An-12 suffered a ground incident at Kisangani (DRC) damaging an engine and the starboard main undercarriage. The owners rebuilt the aircraft but it unfortunately crashed with Aerolift as S9-SVN at Luxer (Egypt) on 20 February 2009. Thanks Soviet Transports database!
An exclusive picture of a Mi-35 Hind of the Force Aérienne Congolaise at Goma International Airport. The attack helicopters of the FAC are rarely seen and it is believed that a dozen or so were delivered, Mi-24s, Mi-24Vs and this sole Mi-35.
The squadron commanders aircraft on the cat of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The ship was sailing in the Persian Gulf and operations continued 24/7 with multiple launches and recoveries during the day. This baby Hornet was launched during first light.
There are Tomcats and there are beautiful Tomcats. A classic picture of a towed Tomcat over the deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). The aircraft was on its way to the the rear of the flight deck where it was positioned for an upcoming morning launch. Many Tomcats were scrapped at AMARG to prevent spare parts feeding to Iran. Luckily, this beauty was relieved from that fate. Since September 2006, 164342 is preserved at the Wings over Miami Museum at Kendall (FL).
C-2A about to touch down at the USS Theordore Roosevelt (CVN-71), closely observed by three F-14Ds. The Carrier On-board Delivery aircraft is a true work horse and flies all day long between the carrier and shore bases to supply the floating city rotating personnel, food, spare parts, post, journalists (like me), general cargo, and so on. Unfortunately, in due time, these beautiful prop planes will be replaced by CMV-22B Osprey tiltrotors.
Ex USAF 53-548. Owned by Wayne Jones' Global Aeronautical Foundation, acquired from the Pima Air Museum in 1995. Sold to the Yanks Air Museum in Jan 2006, and restored to flying condition and flown from Camarillo, CA to Chino, CA 14-Jan-2012 on delivery to the museum.
A 5th generation prototype... This F-22A model 1, rolled out at Dobbins on 10 February 1998 and made its first flight at 29 June 1998. The Raptor, serial 91-4002, was ferried to Edwards AFB for the flight test programme with the 411th Flight Test Squadron on 26 August 1998. The picture was made at Edwards air show in October 1999. The Raptor - only a couple of months old and in full swing in its test environment - was at that moment parked next to that other magic plane.
Just arrived for its new mission over Afghanistan, this Russian UN Humanitarian Air Services Mi-8 Hip was bought by an An-124 transport aircraft to the Asian country. The tail boom was still in its fuselage, so maintenance had a job to do.
An United Nations Humanitarian Air Services Mi-8 at the platform of Kabul The UN tried to support the Afghan humanitarian tragedy, the Afghan government as well as all military fighting for peace in the country as much as possible. This Russian Hip gave the whole transport capabilities.
A Republic of China Air Force F-5E Tiger II ready for take-off after a Quick Reaction alert bell ringed. The aircraft, equipped with live AIM-9 Sidewinders, was quickly manned in its hardened shelter and taxied to the runway. A final check... and off he goes.
All ready for take-off. Five Taitung F-5 Tiger IIs at the final check platform before entering the runway. Taiwan is a massive F-5 user, currently the RoCAF is still using over 100 F-5s from two Main Operating Bases and five squadrons, Taitung (4 squadrons) and Hualien (one squadron).
Taiwan once received 150+ Hueys, but only eighty remain in service in recent years. The helicopter is expected to retire in 2019. It is said in October 2019, a retirement ceremony will be held. At Gueiren (Kueijen) air base the Army Aviation Training Centre, the 1st and 2nd Air Assault Battalions are operating the mighty Huey.
Seen during the landing away from its homebase Chiayi air base, this S-70C-6 of the Republic of China Air Force. The unique helo, nick-named (super) Bluehawk in RoCAF is equipped with the Sikorsky Stores Support System, two wings that can carry up to four fuel tanks to extend its standard range. The S-70Cs of the Rescue Squadron are phased out on 9 May 2019, after 23 years of service within RoCAF.