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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, it was the turn of one such base to open its doors for around 200 keen aviation enthusiasts. With the promise of some ‘heavies’ on show, the first RAF Brize Norton Nightshoot was a chance to catch something a little different, and a little larger, to the norm. Over the last few years, the Royal Air Force’s transport hub of RAF Brize Norton has seen [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Event Reports, Nightshoots|

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 Ben Montgomery joined around 200 photographers ‘under the lights’ for the latest instalment and second of 2016 - Northolt Nightshoot XXI. Organised under the knowledgeable leadership of Phil Dawe and his small but dedicated team, Northolt Nightshoot events have set ‘the standard’ for nocturnal aviation photoshoots since their inception in January 2009 – an event that saw just 60 photographers and six airframes taking part. Now, [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Event Reports, Nightshoots|

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 [...]

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 [...]

Luchtmachtdagen 2016

After a year of absence in 2015, the annual Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Luchtmachtdagen returned this year to Vliegerbasis Leeuwarden, in the North of the Netherlands. Whilst the theme of the show was once [...]

First F-35 Lightning IIs arrive in United Kingdom

Wednesday 29th June 2016 saw a significant milestone for the F-35 program, as the first deployment of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II to the United Kingdom commenced with three aircraft landing at RAF Fairford, including [...]

Anatolian Eagle 2016

Large multi-national air exercises where combined air operations can be executed against strategic and tactical targets provide excellent training opportunities for all participants, but the requirements to host this type of exercise are such that [...]

Exercise Tac Blaze 16 – Carlisle

With the sleepy airfield at Carlisle converted into a forward operating base for some serious helicopter hardware, AeroResources’ Kevin Paterson decided it was time to dust off the cameras, charge the radios and head for the [...]

Win Farnborough International Airshow 2016 Tickets!

A highlight of the airshow calendar, the biennial Farnborough International Airshow public weekend has a packed programme which will excite enthusiasts and families alike; 80,000 of which are expected to attend. Thanks to the organisers, AeroResource [...]

Hangar 11 P-51D ‘Tall In The Saddle’ Unveiling

It had long been rumoured that Peter Tiechman, owner of the Hangar 11 Collection based at North Weald, would repaint his P-51D into a new and authentic scheme. It was already known that the Mustang [...]

Shuttleworth Fly Navy Air Show 2016

When the Shuttleworth Fly Navy show was first announced, anticipation for what could form the display lineup was high. In fact, almost before the first display item was announced, some were pegging it as a [...]

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