In 1986, Taiwan bought ten S-70C-1s and four S-70C-6s to replace the 1970s Bell HH-1H Huey in the SAR rol. These were delivered from June 1986. The four S70C-1s, like this one shown on the picture, were not fitted for SAR duties, but were delivered as utility helicopters. These four were equipped with luxury chairs and automatic folding access steps fitted to both sides of the fuselage. The S-70Cs of Rescue Squadron were retired on 9 May 2019, after 23 years of service within RoCAF.
Disguised as an USAF F-16C, this Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF, Taiwan Air Force) F-16A is based at Luke AFB (AZ) for pilot training. The 21st Fighter squadron, nicknamed Gamblers, operates twelve F-16A/Bs adnd this 708 is allocated 6607 in RoCAF service. The squadron will move to Tucson in 2021 to create additional room for F-35 operations at Luke.
The three CH-47C Chinooks of the Aviazione dell'Esercito (Italian Army Aviation) that were deployed in 2005 to Afghanistan needed armed protection during their transport missions, so three with door guns armed AB212 (Anti-Surface Warfare) helicopters of the Marina Militare (Italian Navy) were tasked with that job. Weird to see those Navy Hueys deployed in a country with hardly any water. On a rare day, no sand dust was in the air, so the great Hindu Kush mountain massif could be seen.
Saving fuel, the two outer engines were stopped, while the inner ones were used for generating speed during taxi. Fuel was scarce at Kabul and these old engines use quite a lot. Photography was not appreciated on the field, especially not outside the large platform. So a small compact camera became my friend. This Royal Canadian Air Force Hercules flew into Kabul to support the ISAF mission. The aircraft was not only tasked for the Canadians, but used to support the whole community of some 50 countries (so including a lot of NATO allies).
A just arrived CH-47C is being prepared for flights in support of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission over Afghanistan. In these day's it was a constant come and go of military and civil (transport)aircraft and helicopters at Kabul. Check the tactical landing of the Air West Cargo Il-76 in the back-ground!
Three Italian CH-47C were brought to Kabul International Airport by An-124 in support of the NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan named the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The helicopters were assembled at Kabul, a maintenance guy is preparing things before the massive rotor blades could be attached. A fork-lift truck is seen lifting a box with the rotor blades out of the Chinook's fuselage.
US Air National Guard work horses flew an bizar number of missions during the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) era to and from Kabul. This C-130J-30 of the 143rd Airlift Squadron of the Richmond ANG was one of them.
The Aviazione dell'Esercito (Italian Army Aviation) CH-47C Chinook contingent at the then military platform of Kabul International Airport (KAIA, pronounced as "Kaja"). Three Charlies arrived in November 2005 at this location in support of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan.
Not the very best photo, but an operational combat deployment of a Dutch C-130H-30 makes it up. G-273 was deployed in support of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to Kabul International Airport. Sometimes, like on this January 2006 day, the weather was okay but the enormous dose of dust in the air made the picture near black and white.
Green shirts on deck of a US aircraft carrier are Air wing maintenance and quality control personnel, catapult and arresting gear crews, Visual Landing Aid electricians, Hook Runners, Cargo-handling personnel, Ground Support Equipment (GSE) troubleshooters, Photographer's mates and Helicopter landing signal enlisted personnel (LSE) and Hook Up man (ensures that aircraft launchbar (left) and holdback fitting (right) are properly seated in the catapult). This green shirt on board the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) verifies the EA-6B weight with the pilot and the catapult crew prior to launch.