Striking attendee on Saki at The Crimea was this really beautiful light blue / blue sprayed An-2. In early 2012, this Antonov became fully operational again after a thorough maintenance. The An-2 is used as a basic trainer, the next step for the student pilot is multi-engine training on the An-26 (see my other pictures of this day). The An-2 is also used for personnel and light transport duties.
The Ukraine Navy had in 2012 nine Be-12 on strength at Saky, only a few were airworthy. The aircraft were no longer allowed to land on water, but were only used for patrol missions and submarine hunting. Saky air base, located at the Crimea, was the direct access for the Ukrainians to the Black Sea.
An oldie from my archive, not the best quality but is shows a great ambiance. A 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron "Wolfhounds" F-4E, originating from Soesterberg air base (The Netherlands) at the static of Deelen air base.
An oldie from my archive, not the best quality but is shows a great ambiance. The Royal Danish Air Force participated with two jet fighters in the Koninklijke Luchtmacht open dag of 1978, the TF-35 Draken AT-154 was parked next to a TF-100F Super Sabre of Esk 727 on the static show.
A Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) F-16AM hanging next to the KDC-10, just after it received fuel. The pilot "hangs on the wing", awaiting its wingman finishing its air-to-air refueling session. The J-879 is armed with two AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) on the wing tips (stations 1 and 9) and two AIM-9 Sidewinders underneath the wing (stations 2 and 8).
This Dutch Fighting Falcon, originating from Leeuwarden air base, was captured high above the North Sea during a training mission. The The AN/ALQ-131 Electronic Countermeasures Pod under the center fuselage, handles known, emerging and future terminal threats in a hostile environment.
A Turkish C-130E participated in a humanitarian relief mission from Islamabad after the Kashmir region was hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake. The Turkish Hercules was temporary tasked by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as the badge on the nose section reveals.