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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, No1 School of Technical Training (No1 SoTT). However, with technology and methods evolving, some of the elements within the training [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Italian Air Force Flying Training

The Aeronautica Militare Italiana (AMI) is significantly modernising its flying training. In 2015, Alenia Aermacchi’s T-346A advanced jet trainer entered service and 2016 will see the recently announced introduction of Tecnam’s P2006T for basic multi-engined training. Within a few years, the Alenia Aermacchi M-345 High Efficiency Trainer (HET) looks poised to replace the countries ageing [...]

By | July 15th, 2016|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Ex BALTOPS / Saber Strike 2016

RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire has regularly seen United States Air Force (USAF) long-range bombers deployed to support ongoing multinational exercises in Europe, namely BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) and Saber Strike, over the last couple of years. Duncan Monk reports on the 2016 exercise and its participants. Touching down on RAF Fairford’s 3,046m long runway on June [...]

By | June 14th, 2016|Operational Reports|1 Comment

F-22 Raptor Deployment to RAF Lakenheath

Twelve F-22 Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron ‘Boneheads’ along with pilots from both the 95th and 301st Fighter Squadrons (FS), operating under the banner of the 95th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS), and supplemented by approximately 220 personnel from Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB), Florida recently undertook a month-long deployment to RAF Lakenheath. This historic [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|Operational Reports|0 Comments

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