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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

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