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Home of the Bone II – 28th BW, Ellsworth AFB

  Assigned to the United States Air Force (USAF), Air Combat Command has two operational Bomb Wings (BW) - the 7th BW at Dyess AFB Texas with some 32 B-1Bs and, 1000 miles north, the 28th BW at Ellsworth AFB Rapid City South Dakota with 27 jets. AeroResource’s Mark Forest visits the home of the [...]

By | November 2nd, 2015|Operational Reports|0 Comments

F-35 – Joint Strike Fighter (Part 2)

In part 2 of a series of F-35 articles for AeroResource, Mark Forest & Jason Grant take a look at the oft troubled development of the Lightning II, the progress to date with bringing the aircraft into service and what plans the future holds. For Part 1 - CLICK HERE Overview Current United States’ Department of [...]

By | October 1st, 2015|Operational Reports|0 Comments

RAF Special Paint Schemes 2015

The Royal Air Force are quite often criticised for the lack of “special scheme” celebratory or commemorative aircraft they produce compared to other air arms, but it’s fair to say that 2015 seems to buck the trend. As time marches on towards the 100th anniversary of the RAF, many squadrons are already celebrating their respective centenaries [...]

By | September 13th, 2015|Operational Reports|2 Comments

Vulcan XH558 Restoration Part 2

Having discussed the ‘Delta Lady's return to flight, James Innes interviews Kevin Rumens, one of XH558’s Display Pilots. Better known as Kev, he is lucky enough to have displayed the aircraft both in service with the Royal Air Force and in civilian hands post-restoration. Balancing his role of flying 558 with flying Airbus A340s, and [...]

By | July 6th, 2015|Operational Reports|9 Comments

Fairford Bomber Deployment 2015

On June 5th, arriving under the callsign ZARP 43/44/45, three US Air Force Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bombers from the 5th Bomb Wing out of Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota landed at RAF Fairford for a short two week deployment as part of the BALTOPS 15 and SABER STRIKE 15 exercises in Europe. BALTOPS (Baltic [...]

By | June 20th, 2015|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Weapons & Tactics Instructor Course 2-15

More than 90 United States Marines Corps combat aircraft and crews recently made the bi-annual journey to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma in the western Arizona desert. They were in attendance for part two of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-15 (WTI 2-15), an advanced tactical aviation training course designed to produce highly [...]

By | June 10th, 2015|Operational Reports|0 Comments

7th SOS – Flying the CV-22B Osprey

Two green discs in the dark and a deep humming noise – to many, these are the calling cards of the 7th SOS CV-22B Osprey departing or returning from another night sortie. But what do these elusive tilt rotors actually get up to on their nocturnal flights? Ben Montgomery joined the crew of a CV-22B [...]

By | June 2nd, 2015|Operational Reports|3 Comments

Vulcan XH558 Restoration Part 1

When the final flying Avro Vulcan B2, serial number XH558, landed at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome on Tuesday 23rd March 1993 very few expected to see this historic type grace the skies of Great Britain again. This Cold War giant was expected to spend its twilight years undertaking fast taxi runs down the runway at the site [...]

By | May 31st, 2015|Operational Reports|2 Comments

MCAS Pendleton

Located approximately 40 miles north of San Diego in North County California is the United States Marine Corps’ largest West Coast expeditionary training facility - Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Covering more than 125,000 acres with both mountainous and coastal training environments, the base is home to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, 1st Marine Division and [...]

By | May 30th, 2015|Operational Reports|0 Comments