An-124 beging unloaded at one of the ramps of Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. Check the background of the picture where you can see the massive daily activity of the once busiest signle runway airfield in the world. The ramp behind the Condor is filled with a civil fleet of Mi-8 variants and a Ka-27 that serve among other things, humanitarian relieve missions, while leaving the runway is a civil Beech 1900D. Entering the runway are two Blackwater Aviation Casa 212s, while in the far distance several USAF and RAF C-130s can be seen.
Some Blackhawks are marked with a Red Cross, making clear that hostile fire is no appreciated into the direction of this flying ambulance. This Blackhawk was on alert at the tiny airfield of Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.
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).
As part of an urgent need to improve intelligence gathering in Afghanistan, the RAF commissioned an initial four Shadow R.Mk1s, based on the King Air 350CER, under an urgent operational requirement. Delivered to V(AC) Sqn in 2009, the Shadow features an underfuselage electro-optical sensor turret, a variety of integrated sensors and extensive communications capability, managed from operator consoles in the cabin. Number V(AC) Sqn's Shadow flight became 14 Sqn in 2011, after the former Tornado unit disbanded at RAF Lossiemouth, and was based at RAF Waddington.
The 184th Fighter Squadron "Flying Razorbacks" is a unit of the Arkansas Air National Guard, 188th Fighter Wing, that is based ar Fort Smith Air National Guard Station (AR). The 184th swapped their A-10Cs for unmanned MQ-9 Reaper in June 2014. Here two Thunderbolt IIs are seen in between their revetments at deployment location Kandahar airfield, Afghanistan. Also visible in the picture is 78-0659/FS.
A Dyess AFB (TX) based at the main ramp at Kandahar Airfield. Tens of USAF C-130s, mainly Air National Guard, were deployed for several months into Afghan theatre before relieved by others. They did not belong to the same unit, so a large diversity of squadron could be seen through the country.
An armed CH-146 Griffon ready for an escort mission over southern Afghanistan. The Canadian helicopter, assigned to the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing (JTF-Afg AW) has a badge on its tail that I can't indentify. The Griffon was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Canadian Forces Operation SAIPH that run from October 2009 - May 2012.
The Canadian Forces enhanced their transport capability in Afghanistan with the lease of six US Army CH-47Ds that were already in theatre. The US Army helicopters were repainted into Canadian colours, like this 147203 (former 87-00086) at the time of this pictures, this Chinook supported Operation SAIPH that ran from October 2009 - May 2012. This Chinook flew up to October 2011 for the CF and was eventually scrapped, its serviceable components were removed for use in newly purchased F models.
A Flying Razorback A-10C during their last Air and Space Expeditionary Force (AEF) deployment when the unit deployed about 300 Airmen and twelve A-10Cs to the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing at Kandahar Airfield. In June 2014, the unit transitioned to unmanned MQ-9 Reaper aircraft.
Be-12PL of the Ukraine Navy about to touch-down at its once homebase Saky, the Crimea. 02 Yellow was slightly damaged at this base on 2 July 2008 when the left tyre exploded during the take-off run and the aircraft veered off the runway. The Seagull was ferried to its new homebase Mykolayiv-Kulbakino on 14 April 2014 after the misery started with the annexation of the Crimea by Russia.
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.