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AeroResource 2016 Highlights

If social media is to be believed, 2016 was the worst year in the history of the world, with several “shock” events like the EU referendum result and the election of Donald Trump dominating headlines. In the aviation enthusiast community, it has seemed somewhat quieter. 2016 saw additional retirements from the UK military – notably the venerable Sea King HC.4 Commandos (to be replaced by the Merlin HC.3i and HC.4 variants) and the withdrawal of the SEPECAT Jaguar from taxiing activities at RAF Cosford. However, 2016 also saw commitments for additional orders, including the long anticipated purchase of Boeing P-8A [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|News|

Aircraft Carrier Operations – USS Dwight D Eisenhower

Deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE since June 2016, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower, or “The Mighty Ike”, has been conducting daily strike missions against so-called “Islamic State” in both Syria and Iraq, from both the Arabian Gulf with US Navy 5th Fleet and more recently from the Mediterranean Sea with US Navy 6th Fleet. To achieve the end goal of projecting US Naval power anywhere on the globe, the USS Eisenhower relies on the teamwork, professionalism and commitment of over 5,000 sailors. Flying from NSA Souda Bay in Crete to join the ‘Ike’ shortly after [...]

By | December 20th, 2016|Operational Reports|

USS Dwight D Eisenhower – Operation Inherent Resolve

Weighing in at a cool 95,000 tonnes, the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) is the second of ten such vessels that form the cornerstone of United States Naval Aviation. The Nimitz-class carriers are the largest and most powerful warships in the world, and are constantly in demand across a wide spectrum of conflicts, in theatres around the globe. Typical of these demands is the recent coalition effort to defeat the threat of so-called 'Islamic State' in Syria and Iraq. Deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE since June 2016, 'The Mighty Ike' has been conducting [...]

By | December 19th, 2016|Operational Reports|

Lightning Preservation Group Double Twilight Scramble

With the 2016 airshow season all but a fading memory and the dark nights drawing in at a pace, ‘nightshoot season’ is in full swing all around the country. November 12th saw the turn of the Lightning Preservation Group as they took centre stage with three home-grown interceptors, during their annual Twilight Run – this year featuring for the first time a ‘Double QRA Scramble’. Jamie Ewan was on hand for AeroResource and reports on one of the most anticipated nocturnal events of the season. To say the story of the Lightning Preservation Group (LPG) is one that is untold [...]

By | December 18th, 2016|Event Reports, Nightshoots|

Aviation Nation 2016 – Nellis AFB Open House

The Nellis Air Force Base open house or to give it the official title, Aviation Nation, is a renowned event that is often considered a bucket list show.  The many attractions of Aviation Nation are easy to see with Nellis being one of the most famous fighter bases in the world, home to the United States Air Force (USAF) Aggressors with their amazing paint schemes as well as the Thunderbirds demonstration team. The airfield is sited within easy reach of Las Vegas with all that this brings for visitors to the show in terms of ease of transport, accommodation and evening [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

San Francisco Fleet Week 2016

Since the inaugural event in 1981, San Francisco Fleet Week has gained a reputation as being one of the best in the United States, not only for its naval participants but also for the air show held over the weekend of the event. With the hopes of good lighting and unique backdrops, Adam Duffield spent three days at San Francisco Fleet Week 2016 taking in the airshow and some of the events running alongside it. San Francisco Fleet Week is certainly not all about the aircraft - as the name implies! Along with other such events around the country, it [...]

By | November 18th, 2016|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

RAF Brize Norton Nightshoot

In the last 12 months or so, more and more nightshoots have started appearing all over the country ranging from small quiet civilian affairs to busy evenings on an operational airbase. On Saturday October 29, [...]

Northolt Nightshoot XXI

With the number of nightshoots at RAF Northolt now sitting in the twenties, there really is no introduction needed for the nocturnal activities that take place on the West London base’s flightline. AeroResource’s Jamie Ewan and [...]

Ostrava NATO Days 2016

Found in the north-eastern corner of the Czech Republic near the border with Poland, the small city of Ostrava is the capital of the Moravian-Silesian Region and, since its inception in 2001, been the setting [...]

Old Buckenham Airshow 2016

Set on the grounds of a former Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 made a welcome return in late July with two days of flying action. Whilst the 2016 show may [...]

RAF Cosford Jaguars final prowl

After the withdrawal of the SEPECAT Jaguar from Royal Air Force frontline service on April 30, 2007, a number of airframes were destined for a new role within the service as part of 238 Squadron, [...]

Bucharest International Air Show 2016

The air arms of Eastern European states have long attracted Western enthusiasts. However, as more and more of these ex-communist nations become integrated with Europe and NATO, their military equipment tends to follow suit leading to interesting, [...]

KC-135 60th Anniversary

On August 31, 1956 at just after 1pm local time, a new Boeing jet took to the skies for its first flight. That jet, Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker 55-3118 named ‘City of Renton’, started a story [...]

Royal International Air Tattoo 2016

The Royal International Air Tattoo is often the highlight of the UK’s Aviation calendar and attracts an interesting array of aircraft, new and old, from around the world. Anticipation for the show is even higher [...]

King’s Lynn Tornado Trail

It seems that over the last few years, towns and cities around the UK have taken to decorating their streets with various decorated models such as dragons, sheep, gorillas and pigs. However, for the last [...]

RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2016

Always a favourite with enthusiasts, RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2016 had a tough act to follow after the great lineup at the 2015 show. In addition, with the withdrawal of the ‘Junglie’ Sea Kings from [...]

RAF Cosford Air Show 2016

RAF Cosford has, for the second year in a row, gained the distinction of becoming the Royal Air Force’s premier event and having been a fixture on the UK airshow calendar for many years now, [...]

NATO Tiger Meet 2016

Between May 16 and 27, Ala 15 of the Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force) hosted this years edition of the annual NATO Tiger Meet (NTM) at their Zaragoza Air Base home. Two years have [...]

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